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3 October 2023

Megan Cope In Conversation

3 October 2023

In the Utzon Room

Free event, registrations essential

Join artist Megan Cope, creator of the monumental public artwork, Whispers, along with guests Matt Poll, Dakota Dixon and Daniel Browning as they discuss ecology, collectivity, First Nations culture and the role of artists.

A panel discussion with Quandamooka Artist Megan Cope

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sydney Opera House, Quandamooka artist Megan Cope has created Whispers, a melding of First Nations history and environmental consciousness. Over the past year, Cope has engaged over 3000 volunteers, in over 100 workshops to create a series of sculptures that reimagine the architectural framework of the Opera House itself, evoking the ancestral midden sites that were used on this site for Aboriginal celebrations and gatherings for thousands of years.

Join Megan, with respected curator and writer Matt Poll (Head of Indigenous Programs, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney), Dakota Dixon (cultural producer) and Daniel Browning (Indigenous Radio Editor, ABC) as they unpack the world of artist-activists, discussing ecology, collectivity and First Nations culture. The talk will be moderated by Sydney Opera House’s Curator, Contemporary Art, Micheal Do. 

Whispers continues until 31 October 2023

Presented by Sydney Opera House

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

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15 – 26 Nov 2023

Whispers: A Monumental Public Artwork by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope

During October, to mark the occasion of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary, Cope will install a series of monumental site specific sculptures that honour Tubowgule’s pre-settlement history while considering the environment’s fragility.

25 – 26 Nov 2023

DanceRites 2023

Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs and contemporary culture, with hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia and performers from around the world.

Join us on the forecourt, a First Nations meeting place for thousands of years, to share in this free festival of live dance, music and community.

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Badu Gili lights up the eastern Bennelong Sail with ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular projection. Curated by Rhoda Roberts, former Head of First Nations Programming, Badu Gili traces the ancient songlines of First Nations storytelling across Australia.

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