Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial (RRM) is a visual arts research project that concerns the Australian frontier wars and the possibility of representing the magnitude of Indigenous loss and survival in a national memorial. This is an Australia Research Council grant.

FORUM 2018: About


  Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner,  commemorative marker by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter, commissioned by City of Melbourne, 2016. Photograph by Dianna Snape, April 2017.

Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, commemorative marker by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter, commissioned by City of Melbourne, 2016. Photograph by Dianna Snape, April 2017.

RR.MEMORIAL Forum

25-30 June, 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A five-day program designed to seek new methods in art, architecture and design for addressing the histories, memories and legacies of frontier violence and Indigenous dispossession in Australia. Based in Melbourne, the forum will connect local efforts to commemorate frontier massacres and repatriate human remains with major international projects that have memorialised genocide and other histories of loss. The Indigenous-led forum will bring together a core group of artists, architects, scholars and community leaders from Australia and internationally for a mixed program of site visits, closed workshops, an exhibition and public conversations.

The forum is an opportunity to expand on the RRM research project and  create a platform for a transnational, dynamic and provocative conversation, that inserts the Australian experience in the global discussion about the need to address traumatic histories. A key focus of the forum will be developing protocols to guide new memorial projects. We will also workshop two case studies that are destined to become transformative urban projects in Australia: the Truth and Reconciliation Art Park as part of the Macquarie Point Development in Hobart, Tasmania, and the National Resting Place, for unprovenanced Aboriginal human remains proposed for Canberra, ACT.

The forum will begin with a Welcome to Country by N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung senior elder and chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

Public events include a Boiler Room Lecture at the State Library of Victoria on 26 June and a public program at the National Gallery of Victoria on 30 June. Details and bookings here.

The forum is presented by MADA, the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, in collaboration with RMIT Architecture and the University of Melbourne.

Macquarie Point Development Corporation and the City of Melbourne are sponsors of specific delegates and site visits.

If you would like more information please contact us