Breathtaking Stories Through First Nations Art & Music
Opening June 23
Mon - Wed: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Thu - Sat: 10am - 9.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Sun: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
5 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf, Melbourne
The most comprehensive telling of our country’s story through art, Connection brings together First Peoples’ art, music and culture in an immersive new experience fusing the world’s oldest culture with the most cutting-edge technology.
Connection features over 550 digital and original artworks from more than 110 visual and musical artists, representing the largest collection of First Peoples’ art ever assembled. Developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia and curatorial experts including Margo Neale, Rhoda Roberts AO, Wayne Quilliam and Adam Knight, Connection is a ground-breaking showcase for both the magnitude of its physical space and the number of works it includes.
Spanning 3,000 square metres of immersive gallery space, with projections four storeys high complemented by an incredible suite of multi-sensory ways to experience Connection, visitors are invited to step inside the works of Australia's most celebrated established and emerging First Nations artists. The works of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tommy Watson, Sarrita King, Kate Constantine and more come to life through an emotional soundtrack of First Nations artists including Yothu Yindi, Baker Boy and Gurrumul. Presented through the lenses of Land, Water and Sky Country, Connection maps the songlines that hold First Peoples’ diverse stories in a celebration of culture that every Australian can be proud of.
Secure your tickets to experience Connection and prepare for a breathtaking journey with no time limits and no set paths.
Secure one of just eight front-row tables (for two) in our restaurant, exclusively yours for an hour. Plus receive an official 100 page program, valued at $25.
Learn about the educational benefits THE LUME Melbourne offers to primary and secondary students as a fully integrated multi-sensory experience.
Learn about the traditional meaning and contemporary significance of this ritual.
Connection curator Margo Ngawa Neale explains the meaning of Country to First Peoples across Land, Water and Sky.
Learn about the significant roles that the land's natural features play as memory aids in First Peoples' cultures.
Art is culture made visible; a way of affirming connection to place, to Country and to each other. Discover the traditional and contemporary methods of storytelling being employed by First Nations artists.
Spanning traditional ceremonial songs, iconic First Nations musicians and contemporary cuts, the Connection soundtrack is a vital complement to the experience's visuals.
Learn about some of the recurring symbols used in First Peoples' art for millennia.