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
- $29 tickets available 12-3pm, weekdays
- Family tickets from $60
- Entry every 15 minutes
- Allow 75 minutes to explore the exhibition
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
- 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
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.
Curated by Kimberley Moulton (VIC)
Paola Balla (VIC)
Wemba Wemba/ Gunditjmara
Vicki Couzens (VIC)
Keerray Wooroong/ Gunditjmara
Karla Dickens (NSW)
Julie Gough (TAS)
Rene Wanuny Kulitja (NT)
Maningrida Arts & Culture (NT)
Hayley Millar Baker (VIC)
Dylan Mooney (TSI/QLD)
Yuwi, Torres Strait Island and South Sea Islander
The Mulka Project with Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda (NT)
Brian Robinson (TSI/QLD)
John Prince Siddon (WA)
Aunty Zeta Thomson (VIC)
Warwick Thornton (NT)
Judy Watson (QLD)
Tiger Yaltangki (SA) with Jeremy Whiskey (SA)
Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara
Metro Trains Melbourne
Besen Family Foundation
The Robert Salzer Foundation
Canny Quine Foundation
Dashiell Gantner and Anna Foley
The Dara Foundation
Gordon Darling Foundation
Shadow Spirit is commissioned and produced by RISING. Co-commissioned by Illuminate Adelaide.