Reconciliation Week

Recognise Australia's history and the experiences of our First Nation Peoples
Two women at the Blak Markets at Barangaroo Reserve
Photograph: James Horan
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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. Sydney marks the occassion with art exhibitions, music, talks and discussions, theatre and experiences connecting all Australians with Indigenous history and culture. 

Events during National Reconciliation Week

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater – journey to sea country
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Museums

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater

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In this free exhibition, there are 40 sacred bark paintings displayed, revealing the history of a momentous sea rights win for Aboriginal peoples, as well as oral histories, aerial photography and traditional and contemporary Indigenous objects. They tell the story of the Indigenous people of the North East Arnhem Land area campaigning to stop illegal fishing in the area and confirm in the High Cout of Australia their ownership over the waters of the region. 

Guided tours around Sydney

Explore these galleries

Lin Onus 1991 Fruit Bats install photo Yiribana Gallery at Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 August image courtesy AGNSW
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Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics (Dot paintings? Bark paintings? Just the tip of the iceberg), these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.

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