BATAVIA (1629) Symposium

7 October 2017,


Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni

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BATAVIA (1629): giving voice to the voiceless

When the Dutch East India vessel Batavia was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Abrolhos Islands in June 1629, none of the more than 300 people on board could have imagined the enduring historical impact of this maritime disaster and its bloody aftermath. Those events have inspired a multitude of books, several documentaries for television and radio, a musical, an opera, and numerous art works and exhibitions. 

This free public symposium is being held in conjunction with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery exhibition BATAVIA (1629): giving voice to the voiceless. Co-hosted by the UWA Cultural Precinct and the Institute of Advanced Studies, this is an opportunity to hear from artists whose work is displayed in the exhibition and from a diverse group of experts who have played a key role in understanding those events of 1629.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Cleworth (Artist, New South Wales)
  • Alec Coles OBE, CEO WA Museum
  • Dr Daniel Franklin (The University of Western Australia)
  • Professor Jane Lydon (The University of Western Australia)
  • Professor Alistair Paterson (The University of Western Australia)
  • Corioli Souter (The University of Western Australia; Western Australian Museum)
  • Dr Paul Uhlmann (Artist, Western Australia; Edith Cowan University)
  • Arvi Wattel (The University of Western Australia)

Exhibition  -  BATAVIA (1629): giving voice to the voiceless

7 October - 16 December 2017

This exhibition re-examines the horrendous story of the murder of 125 men women and children, following the wreck of the Dutch VOC ship the Batavia In 1629, as reinterpreted through the work of archeologists, scientists and artists, who share the collective aim of deepening perceptual understandings of the Batavia Wreck.