This year, for National Reconciliation Week, the iconic Sea of Hands display will be planted in the heart of Sydney, at Barangaroo Reserve.
National Reconciliation Week, running from 27th May until 3rd June, celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, culture and achievements and to explore how all of us can join the reconciliation effort. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future.
You are invited to participate by planting a hand in the Sea of Hands at Barangaroo each day from 27th May 2016 - 4th June 2016, between 10am - 4pm.
As the artwork evolves up to 16 000 hands, in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, will be planted in a public display as a physical representation of community support for reconciliation and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The design for this years Sea of Hands display was created by Brenda L Croft, a Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra artist and researcher. The design is inspired by historical portraits depicting Eora men, including Bennelong, one of Barangaroo's husbands, in customary ochre body markings.
It is fitting, at this time and place, that two key figures such as Barangaroo and Bennelong are reunited in a symbolic way to highlight the rich cultural history of the site of Barangaroo Reserve.
In conjunction with the Sea of Hands installation there will be an Opening Night Concert, held on Friday 27th May 2016 from 5pm - 8.30pm. The free concert will feature performances by talented singers Christine Anu and Casey Donovan. The concert will be held on the Walumil Lawns and you are invited to BYO picnic rug, relax and enjoy the soulful tunes and views of Sydney Harbour.. Bring your own picnic or you can also purchase food from Aboriginal food stalls during the concert.
Sea of Hands is presented by ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, in partnership with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. The completed Sea of Hands installation will be on display on the weekend of June 4 - 5th, 2016.
To learn more about ANTaR's Sea of Hands and reconciliation you can click here or visit the ANTaR Information Hub at Barangaroo Reserve during National Reconciliation Week.
Additionally you can take an Aboriginal cultural tour of Barangaroo Reserve to explore the site's rich Aboriginal history and cultural significance. To book a tour click here.
How to get there:
Barangaroo Reserve is accessible to all visitors. There are numerous entrances and exits to the Barangaroo Reserve - from Darling Harbour, Hickson Road, Munn Street Reserve, Merriman Street and Towns Place. The closest train stations are Circular Quay and Wynyard. For more information about getting there click here.