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Arrival of the Rajah at the Next Wave Festival

  • Abbotsford Convent Rosina Building, 1–16 St Heliers St Abbotsford, Victoria (map)

Over 60 collaborators from across Australia have come together with lead artist Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga to create Arrival of the Rajah: a seven-metre wide sculpture paying homage to one of Australia’s most precious artworks ‘The Rajah Quilt’. Originally quilted by some of the 180 convicts on-board the Rajah Ship during the three-month journey from England to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841, ‘The Rajah Quilt’ remained lost in an attic in Scotland until 1987 and is now held at the National Gallery of Australia.

Arrival of the Rajah acts as a temporary memorial to the nineteenth-century convict women driven into punishing conditions by the forces of imperialism. This work invites the audience to consider their own relationship to the history and colonisation of the land upon which they stand.

Lehenda Company Dancers are performing as part of an installation on Saturday 14th at 12pm

For further information visit:

VENUE: Abbotsford Convent: Rosina Building, 1–16 St Heliers St, Abbotsford Dates: 5-20 May 2016
TIMES: Tue–Fri 11am–5pm |Sat 7 May & Sun 8 May 11am–5pm
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair accessible, tactile tours 12 & 19 May 1pm
PERFORMANCE: Sat 14 May 12pm | 60 min | Free
ARTIST TALK: Thu 12 & Thu 19 May 1pm | 60 min | Free

Earlier Event: 7 May
Later Event: 28 May
Pacific Werribee Community Fair