This year marks two milestone dates: the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. Reconciliation Week starts on May 27, which is the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, and it runs to Mabo Day on June 3, the day the High Court of Australia recognised the land rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It’s an annual celebration of how far we’ve come, but also a recognition of what’s yet to be achieved. Two generations talk about the impact of the Referendum.
Events during National Reconciliation Week
In this exhibition on tour from Cairns Regional gallery, four of Australia's most exciting artists present new work that explores the wide-ranging impact of colonisation on First Nations communities: Michael Cook (Bidjara, southeast Queensland), Fiona Foley (Badtjala, Fraser Island), Angela Tiatia (who grew up between New Zealand, Samoa and Australia) and Taloi Havini (born in the autonomous province of Arawa, in Bougainville).
The Australian Museum started this weekly activation within their First Australians galleries as a chance for audiences to interact with and learn from Indigenous cultural practitioners. Activities and hosts differ week to week, and casual drop-ins are welcome. 'Gamarada' means 'friends' in the Gadigal language.
The third edition of the National Gallery of Australia's National Indigenous Art Triennial is dedicated to showcasing the diversity and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice in Australia, over 30 artists that are predominantly mid-career. Artists working with natural materials and traditional methods, such as Tasmanian Lola Greeno, Tiwi Islander Pedro Wonaeamirri, and South Australian Yvonne Koolmatrie, sit alongside painters Judy Watson, Daniel Boyd and Rusty Peters; photomedia artists Brenda L. Croft and Julie Gough sit alongside sculptural artists such as Ken Thaiday Sr and Yhonnie Scarce, and textile/installation artists Karla Dickens and Vicki West.