25 Oct 2021 - 09 Feb 2022
Various dates up until February 2022
These events are being delivered at the University of Plymouth, to support the Songlines exhibition (part of The Box and The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth partnership). Songlines is part of the UK/Australia Season 2021–22, a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Full details including times and venues are in the listings below.
All films are shown in the Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4 / Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts)
Monday 25 October 2021: Ten Canoes
Dutch-Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer has directed a stunning triptych of films in tandem with Aboriginal screen icon David Gulpilil – Ten Canoes is the middle part of this body of work. Find out more and book.
Monday 1 November 2021: Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah is the film that put director Warwick Thornton on the map. Harrowing and deeply affecting, Thornton doesn’t hold back in laying bare the brutal realities of the cultural divide still evident in Australia. Find out more and book.
Monday 22 November 2021: Walkabout
For many Western audiences, Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout was their first exposure to Aboriginal culture on screen. Find out more and book.
Monday 29 November 2021: In My Blood It Runs
In this film ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages, yet he is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. Find out more and book.
Bitesize talks take place in the Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. They are free with no need to book
All other talks take place in Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4 / Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts)
Tuesday 26 October 2021: Does Britain have ancient 'Songlines'?
Britain’s creation myths may have fallen out of modern consciousness but there are possible clues in our stories, traditions, and landscapes. In this talk with Dartmoor’s Daughter, Emma Cunis, explores the traditions of indigenous cultures reaching back thousands of years. Find out more and book.
Wednesday 10 November 2021: An Evening with Writer Anita Sethi
Enjoy an evening with writer Anita Sethi as she shares her memoir I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain, includes a reading and Q and A session with Helen Chaloner, Chief Executive of Literature Works, the South West’s regional literature development agency. Find out more and book.
Wednesday 17 November 2021: Bitesize: Curating and Producing ‘Songlines’
Join members of The Box’s Contemporary Arts team for a unique insight into the Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition. No need to book.
Wednesday 1 December 2021: Bitesize: Tiddalik the frog, bioliteracy, and the conservation of tropical ecosystems
The tale of Tiddalik the frog is an Aboriginal creation story which teaches an important environmental message. In this talk Dr Robert Puschendorf will look at the environmental impact of real frogs; Robert will argue how we could accelerate discoveries, and will share insights on bioliteracy and the conservation of ecosystems based on his experiences in Australia and Costa Rica. Find out more and book.
Wednesday 9 February 2022: Bitesize: Plymouth’s Pacific Connections
Join Tabitha Cadbury, Curator of World Cultures and Social History at The Box, for a talk about Plymouth’s historical links with Australia and the Pacific. Dr Cadbury will illustrate the ongoing relationship between these geographically distant places with objects from The Box’s World Cultures collections and 100 Journeys gallery. No need to book.
Tuesday 2 November 2021: Ceremonial site walk at Drizzlecombe
Join us for a guided walk through an ancient and ritual Dartmoor landscape.
Dartmoor has the largest concentrations of stone rows in Britain as well as 16 stone circles, many standing stones, and burial chambers. Find out more and book.
Meeting in Plymouth (details TBC), transport provided.
Tickets: standard £5 / concessions £4 / Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts)