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Presented by Metro Trains Melbourne

Curated by Kimberley Moulton. Presented by Metro Trains Melbourne.

A new First Peoples exhibition in Flinders Street Station’s abandoned rooms. Be immersed in Ancestral systems of knowledge. Traverse time and celestial worlds. Reflect on the shadows of Australia’s history.

Flinders Street Station
07 JUNE — 30 JULY 2023

Ticket Details

$18 — 36
  • $29 tickets available 12-3pm, weekdays
  • Family tickets from $60
  • Entry every 15 minutes
  • Allow 75 minutes to explore the exhibition

Session Details

DATES AND TIMES

CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS FINAL WEEK

  • WED—THU, 11AM to 7PM — last entry 6PM
  • FRI—SAT, 11AM to 10pm — last entry 8.45PM
  • SUN, 11AM to 9PM — last entry 7.45PM

EVENT INFO

  • DURATION | Allow 75 minutes to explore the exhibition.
  • LOW SENSORY SESSION Adjusted sensory aspects, Sun 16 July 11am-12.30pm. More info on Access page.
  • TICKETS | Walk-ups available depending on session capacity. $29 tickets available weekdays, 12—3pm
  • COMMUNITY TICKETS | Discounted tickets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities available. Select during purchase
  • FAMILY TICKETS | 2 Adults + 2 Children $88 | 1 Adult + 2 Children $60. Select the appropriate number of tickets and add to your cart for discount to be applied automatically
  • CHILD TICKETS | Children over 2 require a ticket to attend the exhibition. Children must be accompanied
  • SEATING AVAILABLE | Seating will be available throughout the exhibition. Additional seating can be requested of RISING staff
  • TRANSACTION FEE | All bookings incur a $4 transaction fee

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Audio Described Tours

Experience

  • Immersive
  • Standing

Ascend to Flinders Street Station’s top floor for an exhibition that shares spirit worlds, heeding warning and bringing protection. Enter a new dimension where time undulates between the past and present, and where spirits and creatures of country ask us to listen deeply. Thirty of the most exciting First Peoples artists and collectives from across Australia, invite you into these realms.

A cavernous gymnasium hosts water spirits, existing on country and on Ancestral plains. Abstracted desert worlds speak to old wisdom still in practice. The ballroom weaves plant and animal ecologies with the spirit of senior artists that share song and ceremony, immersing you in country. Works illuminate protective guardians, that warn and cause mischief. Some sing. Some whisper. Some rock and roll.

There are layers to the shadows of history; to the spirit of these memories. They’re not myths or legends. They’re real to the people and the land. These expressions exist within systems of deep knowledge that connect to space between what the body feels, and the mind knows.

Come upstairs. Worlds await.

ARTISTS

Curated by Kimberley Moulton (VIC)
Yorta Yorta

Paola Balla (VIC)
Wemba Wemba/ Gunditjmara

Vicki Couzens (VIC)
Keerray Wooroong/ Gunditjmara

Karla Dickens (NSW)
Wiradjuri

Julie Gough (TAS)
Trawlwoolway

Rene Wanuny Kulitja (NT)
Pitjantjatjara    

Maningrida Arts & Culture (NT)
Kuninjku

Hayley Millar Baker (VIC)
Gunditjmara/Djabwurrung

Dylan Mooney (TSI/QLD)
Yuwi, Torres Strait Island and South Sea Islander

The Mulka Project with Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda (NT)
Yolŋu

Brian Robinson (TSI/QLD)
Maluyligal/Wuthathi

John Prince Siddon (WA)
Walmajarri

Aunty Zeta Thomson (VIC)
Wurundjeri/Yorta Yorta

Warwick Thornton (NT)
kaytej

Judy Watson (QLD)
Waanyi

Tiger Yaltangki (SA) with Jeremy Whiskey (SA)
Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara

Partners

Supported By

Metro Trains Melbourne

Besen Family Foundation

The Robert Salzer Foundation

Canny Quine Foundation

Dashiell Gantner and Anna Foley

The Dara Foundation

Microsite Partner

Gordon Darling Foundation

Shadow Spirit is commissioned and produced by RISING. Co-commissioned by Illuminate Adelaide.

  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Illuminate Adelaide
  • Besen Foundation
  • Robert Salzer Foundation
  • Canny Quine Foundation
  • The Dara Foundation
  • Gordon Darling Foundation

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