photograph with the silhouette of a person standing in the immersive projection of a dark stary sky background with a glowing gold serpent
Image courtesy of the National Museum of Australia

Walking through a Songline is a small multisensory digital pop-up experience that is based on the National Museum of Australia’s (NMA) internationally-acclaimed large touring exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

Cultural custodians approached NMA saying ‘our songlines are being broken up, we want you to help us put them back together’ - that means tracking the seven sisters songlines across three deserts. From this, the Songlines exhibition was curated under the guidance of cultural custodians, traditional owners and artists across multiple communities. The digital work was compiled and mapped by Australian creative technology company, Mosster, based in Melbourne.

Songlines are lyrical mappings that tell the history and meaning of the Ancestors’ creation paths that crisscross Australia. All Ancestral journeys create songlines, which can be viewed as corridors of knowledge. These stories form the foundational history of Australia, as told by artists, custodians and traditional owners.

Songlines reveal how beings relocated from different parts of the country, how sacred and ceremonial places and landmarks came to be - spiritual, ecological, economic, cultural and universal connection pathways that have been described as ‘written on the land’ and then sung.

The immersive experience follows in the tracks of the Seven Sisters Tjukurrpa [chook-orr-pa] or Dreaming, across the Western and Central deserts of Australia, as they are chased by a male pursuer. Their encounters are imprinted in the features of the land and tell of where to find food and water and how to behave correctly. Eventually they are chased across the land and into the night sky where they become the Pleiades star cluster.



Through artworks, stories and in-depth analysis, this book provides an important resource for those interested in knowing more about these complex pathways of spiritual, ecological, economic, cultural and ontological knowledge — the stories ‘written in the land’.

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Visiting the Quentin Bryce Gallery

The Quentin Bryce Gallery is open to the public Monday - Friday during normal business hours, expect for holidays. No appointment needed for groups under 6 people. We urge visitors without appointments to call ahead before coming to view the exhibition as private functions could prevent entry. Larger groups are asked to email to book an appointment. Government issued ID is required for entry.

Exhibition dates
Monday 29 January, 2024 - Tuesday 18 June, 2024