Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
Warlayirti artist Elizabeth Nyumi painting at Kilykily (Well 36). Photo: Tim Acker, 2007. Until 14 July.
Explore the richness of desert life in this beautiful exhibition from the National Museum of Australia and immerse yourself in the story of the Canning Stock Route (in Western Australia), the world’s longest historical stock route.
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route tells the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people and the importance of the Country that surrounds it through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians. In 2008 the National Museum of Australia acquired the extensive collection of works now known as the Canning Stock Route collection — a relatively humble name for a collection of such national significance. This exhibition showcases these works and reveals the richness of desert life today.
The exhibition also features an 8m long multimedia installation made up of 10 multi-touch tabletop screens. The line of the Canning Stock Route is drawn through the installation and outlined by red sand and the rainbow serpent makes its way along the route through each screen. You can draw in the sand with your fingers, explore stories along the route with videos and images and even create your own artwork at different points along the map.
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route is an exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with FORM.
Queensland Museum would like to thank our technology partner for this exhibition, Mitsubishi Electric Australia.
Tickets on sale now at the Museum Ticket Office. You can also purchase tickets online from the Museum Shop.
Become a MyMuseum member
before July 14 and receive a free ticket to see the exhibition. 2 complimentary tickets per family membership and 1 complimentary ticket for adult, child and concession memberships.
Children (under 15 years): Free admission
MyMuseum members: $8
School students: Free admission
Visit the National Museum of Australia’s Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route website to discover more about the exhibition and the Canning Stock Route story, to view the artworks up close and learn about the artists, and to view project films and listen to audio programs.
This exhibition tells the story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return, seen through Aboriginal eyes and interpreted through their voices, art and new media.
The themes of the exhibition are: Country, Jukurrpa (Dreaming), History and Family. These themes are explored through the collections of paintings and other art works and media in the exhibition.
Detailed education resources are available from the National Museum of Australia website. These include an Education Kit and Essays for further reading. The Education Kit, designed for teachers with students in years 5 – 9, contains:
- Exhibition overview,
- Curriculum relevance,
- Map of the Canning Stock Route,
- Suggested activities for literacy, visual arts, history and sciences,
- Enquiry sheets that support exploration of the exhibition themes and the history of the Canning Stock Route, and
- Artist sheets – 10 selected artworks from the exhibition with focus questions.
Australian Curriculum links (180 KB) have been identified by Queensland Museum for school audiences in 2013.
Booking a group visit
For information about planning and booking your visit to Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, please visit our Schools and Groups information pages.