|MEG trip to the exhibition|
The Pitt Rivers Museum, along with other institutions, had loaned some objects for the exhibition - which had plenty of visitors - so it was good to know people had this opportunity to see them on display.
|A relaxing chat after the exhibition tour |
with Curator Gaye Sculthorpe
After a good look around we then met up again with Gaye, who had kindly set aside time to have an informal chat with us all after we'd looked around.
Unfortunately the exhibition closed on 2 August. However, if you are interested, you can still get a copy of the publication Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation, which was researched and written in conjunction with the exhibition. If you are in Australia, you will be pleased to hear part of the collection is travelling there for a temporary exhibition. Plus Gaye intends to continue to to bring attention to the importance of the British Museum's Australian collections, which will involve working directly with Indigenous Australians.
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The Pitt Rivers Museum lent three objects to the British Museum for the exhibition. A wooden club from New South Wales; a bark painting from Arnhem Land (right); and a carrying vessel from the Kimberleys (below). This type of vessel is sometimes called a coolamon and can be used for all sorts of things, including carrying a baby. The painting is the work of artist Billinyara Nabegeyo and is of the Rainbow Snake, which is very significant within Australian Indigenous culture.
On behalf of Julia and I, I'd like to say thank you to Gaye and MEG for this opportunity for such an insightful and enjoyable day.
Senior Assistant Curator
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