Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters


Songlines - tracking the seven sisters - The Una Group (1)


Throughout this Autumn and Winter, Plymouth is hosting the European premiere of the National Museum of Australia’s award-winning exhibition – ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’.

Songlines takes you on an epic journey that crosses three deserts and states, and nearly 500,000 km2 of Australian ancient stories that remain the oldest in the world, told by more than 100 aboriginal artists and involving over 300 different paintings and objects.

Be enchanted by the power of Ancient traditional art, song and dance, photography, multimedia, and the world’s highest resolution traveling dome that this exhibition uses to convey art and culture whilst connecting us across borders and international time zones to tell the stories that are being lost over time.


What is the ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’ about?


‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’ is a vivid and experiential exhibition that leads the visitor to dive into the journey along the Ancestral routes of the seven sisters as they flee across deserts, chased by a lusty sorcerer man spirit known as Nyiru or Yurla. A universal drama played out in the night sky by Orion and the Pleiades in a journey about solidarity and sorrow, obsession and trickery that aims to show us how women work together and look after one another, living sustainably across generations. The exhibition seeks to maintain the Seven Sisters’ story for its future custodians, and for the enhancement of Australia and the world.


Yarrkalpa (Hunting Ground) by Martumilli Artists - The Una Group

Where and when to see ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’?


From 21st October 2021 to the 27th of February 2022, this immersive and experiential exhibition will be displayed across a number of spaces at The Box Plymouth and in The Levinsky Gallery, at the University of Plymouth, in partnership with The Arts Institute.


Songlines - tracking the seven sisters - Figures - The Una Group 

Who are the minds behind ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’?


Songlines has been originally exhibited at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) and entirely conceived and curated by a team of first Australians, led by Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator at the National Museum of Australia in partnership with a community ‘curatorium’ of various Aboriginal peoples.


What are Songlines?


Songlines are pathways of knowledge which are also known as Dreaming Tracks and maps of the land. It’s believed to have been created by ancestral spirits and they are geographical lines crisscrossing the Australian continent and beyond. They can be represented in paintings, sculptures, songs, dances, stories, etc.

Songlines are comparable to the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt – art as a form of language and history. This exhibition explores the Songlines of the Seven Sisters and tracks their journey across the land. You can get more information about it on The box website.


Songlines - tracking the seven sisters - Martu Country - The Una Group

How much?


Some spaces are free, others require a ticket.

Adult: £10

Concessions £7.50

Under 18 and Members: Free

Plymouth Residents: first visit free (up to 4 tickets)

Plymouth Uni staff/students: free entry to Arts Institute only


Tickets can be bought at the Welcome Desk, online, and available at the entrance to the ‘Our Art’ gallery.


Be sure to check out Songlines’ which is being exhibited outside of Australia for the first time. The exhibition will then travel to the new Humboldt Forum in Berlin and Musée Quai Branly in Paris as well as proposed further venues across Europe, North America, and Asia.


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