Events in Sydney and New South Wales

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater

The exhibition Gapu-Monuk Saltwater Journey to Sea Country recognising Indigenous Sea Rights. It acknowledges the significant story of the Yolu people of northeast Arnhem Land and their fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights and the Blue Mud Bay legal case.

In essence it is a display of Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country also known as the Saltwater Collection. 47 Yolu artists petitioned for sea rights by painting their Sea Countries onto bark and revealing sacred patterns or designs known as minytji, that were created by Ancestral Beings.

This stunning exhibition will also include Mokuy (spirit) carvings, Larrakitj (mortuary pole paintings on hollowed trees), lipalipa (dugout canoe) and other traditional and contemporary works.

Yolu artists from fifteen clans and eighteen homeland communities in east Arnhem Land created the sacred paintings in a response initiated by Madarrpa clan leader Djambawa Marawili in 1997, following his indignation at discovering illegal fishing on a sacred site in his clan estate.

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater reveals sacred clan designs demonstrating enduring connection to specific sea country. The Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country are as historic as they are sacred, as they will never be produced again.

Until: 10/11/2017



An exciting outdoor exhibition that explores the history and impact of one of the 20th centurys most important innovations: the humble shipping container.

Colourful metal boxes will be scattered like giant Lego pieces in what will be the Australian National Maritime Museums very first outdoor exhibition. Each box will reveal the secrets of how the shipping container has shaped our modern world, changing the way we produce, shop, eat, work and live.

Ubiquitous, standardised and universal, its easy to take the shipping container for granted. But some economists say this unassuming box has done more for global trade than every trade agreement signed over the past 50 years.

The container revolution began with the sailing of the Ideal-X in 1956, and in just over a decade had the makings of a global phenomenon as shipping became cheaper and faster than ever before. After more than 70 years, the sturdy container has stood the test of time, with up to 35 million on the ocean today.

Until: 26/10/2017


A Museum Of Magic

The history of magic as an art form has been shrouded in mystery in order to protect its secrets, often being handed down verbally from magician to magician. But in this secret museum of Sydney, this history of wonder and knowledge comes to life.

The Australian Museum of Magical Arts is set within the secret walls and corridors of The Magicians Cabaret Theatre. Through personal objects, photos and films, personal mementos, secret plans, books and artefacts, you can learn about the mind of a magician and the fascinating role magic has played in cultures.

This museum may be small, but it is packed with information and inspiration. Not just about revealing secrets. By discovering the role magic has played in movies, in war, even in history, you will also experience not just wonder but the beauty of imagination.

You will feel like you are searching, or travelling for the purpose of discovery.

Bookings essential.

Until: 04/08/2017