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2015 GAMAA WINNER: University of the Sunshine Coast and Blue Sky View


East Coast Encounter incorporates a three-year touring exhibition, publication and a DVD. It re-imagines James Cook’s 1770 Australian journey and its impact, shifting the focus from primarily a Eurocentric perspective to present a shared story, told in engaging ways by Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from multiple perspectives and in various media. East Coast Encounter was developed through a partnership between Dr Lisa Chandler from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and John Waldron, independent curator and gallery and museum consultant from Blue Sky View, based on an idea by local Sunshine Coast artist Peter Hudson. The exhibition features fourteen artists, three performers/writers, a DVD by Australian journalist Jeff McMullen, and a bark canoe constructed by local Gubbi Gubbi men. The entire East Coast Encounter exhibition has been subsequently acquired by the Australian National Maritime Museum for its national collection and the Cook 2020 program marking the 250-year anniversary of Cook’s voyage.

East Coast Encounter has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts ‘Visions of Australia program’.

Dr Lisa Chandler from the University of the Sunshine Coast, artist Peter Hudson, and John Waldron from Blue Sky View accepting the GAMAA from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler, for East Coast Encounter. Photographer LeAnne Vincent. Trophy created by Madeleine Brown.


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