'Awaken' exhibition now open in the Arts West Gallery

Australian Aboriginal cultural heritage objects from the University of Melbourne’s globally significant Donald Thomson anthropological collection have gone on display for the first time in the Arts West Gallery. The Awakenexhibition includes items from the collection gathered by Donald Thomson from the diverse communities of Arnhem Land, Cape York, and the Western and Central Deserts during the University of Melbourne anthropologist's 50-year career.

A Faculty of Arts and Chancellery initiative, Awaken has been developed in consultation with communities, using local knowledge alongside Donald Thomson's fieldwork notes to activate the object stories and their deep connection with each community. Awaken has been curated by Genevieve Grieves, Worimi Nation film-maker, storyteller and Melbourne Museum Director of First Peoples, assisted by Rosemary Wrench (Museum Victoria) and alumna Shonae Hobson (Kaantju). It features innovative digital labels, including 3D images and virtual reality.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Arts West Gallery, Arts West, Parkville campus.

 Installation view of Awaken

Image: Installation view of Awaken