Dreamings exhibition comes to Rome

My experience with the "Australia" landscapes exhibition and the brilliant Namatjira play in London late last year demonstrated the extraordinary interest in Europe in Australia's Indigenous arts and culture. The Aboriginal section of the Royal Academy exhibition attracted the most positive comment and attention. People weren't just curious but genuinely fascinated. So I was delighted that, with the support of the Australia Council and the Australian Embassy, that the wonderful "Dreamings" exhibition was staged in Rome in a gallery amidst the beautiful gardens of the Villa Borghese. I was also pleased that many of the works came from the Pitjantjatjara lands of South Australia, where I spent a lot of time almost 25 years ago as Aboriginal Affairs Minister. The exhibition runs until late November and from the reaction on the opening night I am sure it will be a big hit.

Here are my remarks at the opening.