Saltwater Sunday at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Saltwater Sunday

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the bamal (earth) and badu (waters) on which we work.

We also acknowledge all Traditional Custodians of the land and waters throughout Australia and pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past and present.

Join us at the museum as we celebrate NAIDOC Week

Saltwater Sunday is a fun, free all-day event offering creative and cultural activities for all ages. Join us as we explore and celebrate the stories, culture, language and lore of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations across Australia. 

Experience traditional songs and poetry by renowned Batjala song-woman and linguist Gemma Cronin. Join in mural-making inspired by the story of Tiddalik the frog and weaving activities by Wiradjuri artist Peta-Joy Williams. 

Learn about eastern Torres Strait Islander dance and music in interactive performances by Majeda Beatty. Respond to this year's NAIDOC Week theme of Heal Country and our Fire on Waters Edge exhibition in a poetry workshop. Uncover the hidden stories of pearling history and cultural encounters on our vessels. Take our Sea Country activity trail to discover beautiful works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the museum's collection. 

About this year's theme

Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it has been this way since the dawn of time. This year's NAIDOC Week, focuses on embracing First Nation's cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage.

 

Kids On Deck, paper crafts

Mural-making with Peta-Joy Williams

Sunday, 4 July | 10.30 am – 4.15 pm (30-minute sessions)

Get creative with art-making workshops in Kids on Deck.

Join in traditional weaving and mural-making activities by Wiradjuri artist Peta-Joy Williams. Design and press your own NAIDOC badge, a creative clay sculpture or have a temporary glitter tattoo painted on. 

Cost: Free with any paid admission

Kids On Deck, paper crafts

Fire on Waters Edge poetry workshop

12 – 1 pm | Recommended for ages 12 to adult

Reflect and respond to this year's NAIDOC Week theme of Heal Country and our Fire on Waters Edge exhibition in a free outdoor poetry workshop with singer-songwriter Gemma Cronin and Red Room Poetry. 

Be led through creative activities and interactive exercises designed to help you discover your inner poet and respond to the beauty of the natural world. 


All ages and writing experiences welcome.

FIND OUT MORE

 

 

Performance Platform / Main Stage

  • 11 am – Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Matthew Doyle
  • 11.30 am – Traditional poetry and music by Gemma Cronin, Red Room Poetry
  • 1 and 2 pm – Dance and music performance by Majeda Beatty

Ben Lexcen Terrace

  • 12 to 1 pm – Fire on Waters Edge poetry workshop with Gemma Cronin and Red Room Poetry

On the Wharves

  • Visit pearling luggers John Louis and Tribal Warrior to uncover the hidden histories of the Australian pearling industry


Waterside Studio

  • 10.30 am to 4.15 pm (30 minute-sessions)  – Traditional weaving and mural-making activities by Wiradjuri artist Peta-Joy Williams


Galleries

  • Explore the museum with a Sea Country Kids Activity Trail
    Drop into our Cabinet of Curiosities
    Watch short films exploring Indigenous works in the museum's collection