The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance is 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.”


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 will ask: 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?

We hope you will join us and take your place in this important conversation, about how we use our histories and stories for positive social cohesion and to come together as one in divided times.

View the full program and book sessions from the Program page below, or proceed directly to booking HERE.

“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


As part of our commitment to increasing community accessibility, and thanks to the generosity of Lotterywest, we have provided 80 free places to the symposium, valued at $170 to people from diverse backgrounds, students, independent creatives and those working in the not for profit sector.


If you would still like to be considered for a complimentary place, please e-mail us at and we will discuss this with you.


Our program will take 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, each of which can be booked separately at the link at the bottom of this page.


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. 


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.