The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance was proud to partner with the Western Australian Museum to host a community symposium at the WA Maritime Museum on the art and practice of telling challenging stories to achieve social change.

“Our human compassion binds us to one another – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

NELSON MANDELA

The aim of In Visible Ink is to create a platform to make visible and amplify the often invisible stories and lived experiences of Australia’s First Peoples, migrants and refugees in meaningful ways that create opportunities to increase empathy and diversity, to address prejudice, and for truth telling, healing and reconciliation.

Museums can make a positive contribution to the task of better understanding, sharing, engaging with and learning from our human story, to broaden what we see, to shift prevailing narratives and to spearhead the acceptance of the multiple, diverse cultural threads that comprise Australian history.

We want to bring to the fore the many different, and sometimes challenging stories and histories of our nation, and catalyse them in the service of a more just and cohesive society.

We believe strongly in building the capital of our multicultural community, and in supporting conditions that allow for nuanced debate on culturally sensitive issues that can inform mainstream narratives of Australian history and identity in a positive way, and according to the values of freedom, tolerance, respect and fairness.

During our symposium, we asked: what drives the need to tell the stories of our past, and of our identity, and how do we find impactful methods of storytelling? What impact can our stories, and our histories of race and religion have on reducing systemic discrimination in our society and creating a climate of hope to replace that of fear?

Please keep an eye on our website for links to materials presented at the symposium, and more information about how you can join this important conversation for change.

“Coming together. Working together. Making peace together. This is our indispensable task as a nation. It is our time. Let us begin our country, with kindness, with courage, with the love of brother and sister for brother and sister. Let us seize the fire.”  Richard Flanagan

Event Summary


We have developed a post Symposium summary and you can access video, media, photographs and feedback from the event here.

Program


In Visible Ink took place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, as a series of three masterclasses and four case studies.

Speakers


We are looking forward to welcoming a range of interesting speakers to our inaugural In Visible Ink symposium, from around the world and across disciplines. 

Partners


Our symposium is being presented by the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance together with the WA Museum.  We are seeking to develop further programming and funding partnerships for the event.