We have created this section for feedback that we have received on the Symposium.  Please feel free to get in touch if you have comments to add to this section at invisibleink@mftwa.org.au.

“Thank you SO MUCH for putting together such an amazing, mind blowing and heart opening symposium. It was an honour and pleasure to be able to contribute and I am looking forward to be involved in the future. Please let me know how I can be of help and support.”

“Warmest congratulations on a terrific conference! I heard great feedback on all the sessions I attended, and it was clear you had an engaged (even enthralled) and energised audience throughout. I hope this will be the start of something new in the WA context!”

“Today goes down as one of the best days of my life. I’m still processing everything I’ve just taken in and how fundamentally moved and inspired I feel after hearing from the most phenomenal line up of world class speakers at the @mftwa touchstone event @in_visible_ink at @wamuseum.”

“I will gather my thoughts and share more about this amazing experience and why I’m participating in the coming days, but for now I just want to express my immense gratitude to the powerhouse behind @mftwa Shaheen Hughes and her team for creating this incredible humanitarian movement. Can’t wait to return tomorrow for day two.”

“Thanks to @mftwa and @lotterywest for the scholarship to attend this life changing event. My mind has been blown, my eyes opened wide and my head and heart are bursting with ideas.”

“Such an inspiring day at the Beyond Story Symposium listening to speakers share ways to tell challenging stories, reminding us of our nation’s brutal colonialist history, & smashing the assumption that museums can be neutral and free from bias. Thanks @in_visible_ink @mftwa @wamuseum.”

“My heart is full – an incredible two days at the In Visible Ink Symposium. We laughed, we cried, we were confronted but most of all we heard. We heard the stories, we saw people that turned immeasurable suffering and darkness into beacons of light. We heard from those that have dedicated their lives to serve and save others. And now we must move beyond the story and we must act.”

“We must all do our part to learn from the mistakes of our collective past and build a more cohesive and peaceful world. How honoured I am to have been a part of this and a Director of Australia’s first human rights museum. Were we punching above our weight? Absolutely, and we can never un-hear or un-see what we have just heard and seen. Now – there’s work to be done.”

“An incredible two days at the @in_visible_ink symposium presented by the @mftwa. “We need to acknowledge that history is diverse, and plural, and not always easy to reconcile; and we need to enable these stories to become visible in a broader and more inclusive conversation.” – Shaheen Hughes, CEO, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Western Australia.”

“‘We don’t want guilt, we want empathy and action.’ Ezra Jacobs Smith, In Visible Ink Symposium. The power of stories. A powerful two days. Thank you @mftwa, I am changed.”

“You hold a story like a child, like a family member, and you don’t let it go until it’s ready.” ~Martu man, Nyarri Morgan. Thanks @mftwa for an incredible two days of sharing, learning and enlightenment at @in_visible_ink”

“This experience has sparked something in me that I can’t quite put into words — yet. But I do know this. In each of us there is a story to be told. Our stories have the power to unite us. When we call on our imaginations and share our stories and lived experiences, we see into each other and we find what our world needs most — humanity.”

“Last week I learnt that coral has the ability to absorb energy from things that could potentially harm it (and bleach it), e.g. the sun and transform that energy into something that protects it – by releasing that energy at a different frequency. This is called fluorescence. Coral’s ability to fluoresce literally saves it. I just LOVE this idea! I have felt a bit like coral in the past year. May we all go forth and fluoresce!!! Nature has all the answers if we get quiet enough. Thank you Lynette Wallworth and MTWA.”

“When museums systemically practice violence, erasure and imperialism, could they also create a space for empathy, creativity and sincere reconciliation between peoples? If what we don’t own owns us, how do we brave the stories most difficult to tell? Privileged and excited to take part in the inaugural symposium for the @mftwawhose insistence on hope is as exhilarating as it is intimidating. Looking forward to seeing what the next step looks like for the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance. #InVisibleInk #beyondstory.”

“Thank you so much for organising such a meaningful and inspiring symposium. I walked away quite moved – and this feeling stayed with me for days, even weeks afterwards.”

“It meant being able to discuss issues that are particularly poignant to today’s ongoing issues of racism and religious discrimination. Issues that are hard to talk about but need urgent consciousness raising.”

“The In Visible Ink Symposium was a unique event and curated with a high calibre of speakers. It was an opportunity to be in a space with other like-minded people and be honest about our histories. It felt like an important step towards a healing process.”

“IVIS was the most exciting & thought provoking event I have ever attended. It filled me with hope, reinvigorated my tired mind & made me determined to continue the work that I try to do as an agent for change, despite being overdue for retirement. Thank you for showcasing some of the high calibre of international activism. I’m inspired beyond belief. I no longer feel isolated and a lonely voice in the wilderness. My sincere appreciation for the efforts of everyone who made this possible and a reality. WELL DONE!”

“I found it empowering to look around the room and see an enormous group of people passionate about creating safe cultural spaces. I was frustrated that none of the people who hold positions of power at the institution where I work had any interest in this conference and did not support staff attendance. But I do feel galvanised to act, to speak up more and to continue listen and learn and to ask questions.”

“In Visible Ink ignited my sense of wanting to do better in my own world. As a teacher, I was able to use my In Visible Ink learning immediately in the classroom and in the staff room.”

“Gives hope to the future in that there are amazing people doing incredible work that emotionally engages. It also struck at the core of humanity, which made me think we all have a lot more in common than our differences.   I will bring a box of tissues next time.  Loved the symposium.”

“I attended two sessions, both of which were excellent. I thought the range of speakers was very considered and they presented very well. I dearly wish I had been able to attend the full conference. Thank you.It was inspiring and emotional to hear some the stories from marginalised groups such as Aboriginal people or Migrants. I hope that Museums are listening and adapting to share some of these amazing stories. It would certainly attract a wider audience and be much more interesting.”

“I discovered a feeling of beginning within myself.”

“It made me reflect on the history of colonisation and its consequences for indigenous Australians. It also reinforced the contributions that refugees make despite horrendous histories.”

“Confronting, staggering and wonderful.”

“I found the In Visible Ink Symposium was DEEPLY moving for me on so many levels. I felt like I had spent 2 days in emotional theatre being touched, moved & opened up to a whole array of truths, stories & perspectives that has blown my mind & expanded my heart. Thank You.”

“Hearing the voices of the Aboriginal elders, the refugees, and the powerless from their own mouths is so much more meaningful than reading what they have to say or hearing it from journalists and on the news. I was at different times, stunned, heartbroken and enlightened. I need to get most of the text that the speakers used as I did not take notes fearing that I might miss something.”

“Gina talking and singing about her mothers brought me to tears as it struck very close to home. Great opportunity. I especially appreciated locally relevant content. There is so much to say and do in relation to WA, its people, stories and sites.”

“As an ex-academic I have attended literally hundreds of conferences over the last three decades and I can honestly say that this was the most moving, inspirational, and well put-together conference I’ve ever been to. All of the speakers were fantastic. I learned so much, and am really inspired to put some of what I learned to work in my own workplace. I really hope that it will be possible to partner with MFTWA in the future. I’m keen to know more about where MFTWA sees itself going in the future, what groups and issues it hopes to work with and on, and how institutions like the Migration Museum (Adelaide) might work more closely with you. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience.”

“Honestly it was the best two days I’ve had in a long time. It challenged me and broke my heart at times, but I felt overwhelmed by the amount of love in the room and inspired by the people who wanted to change the world. It was such a valuable experience and I was sad when it was over. I wish I could attend something like this every month, to be around like-minded people and to continue to learn and inspire each other. Thank you so much!”

“It brought to life issues I had not thought deeply about, because our society has so often denied these cruel policies and actions of the past. It did make me think about personal courage…the importance of that to change the conversations and bring light to truth, this is essential to healing and the symposium was a great contribution in leading the way. Thank you!”

“It was a great melting pot of different people from many different backgrounds and experiences all focusing on how we as humans can challenge ingrained racism and stereotypes both conscious and subconscious and look at a practical ways forward. I hope we can build upon this great work.”

“The symposium was a very important event on difficult topics that are rarely discussed. The event was well curated with significant diversity on panels. There were complex issues covered and I see this event as a first thus I hope there will be more in the future where these conversation can be deepened.”

“The Symposium allowed me to reflect on some of the most important issues of our time. It allowed space for diverse stories to be told, allowing me to think about what’s really important, to not only our communities, but on a global scale. I was really moved by the presentations, as the quality of the speakers were wonderful and interesting.  I feel equipped and inspired in my every day life and work.”

“It far exceeded my expectations. I would go so far as to say it was life-changing. Very important work was shared and connections made. My only suggestion would be to have more opportunities for informal networking. For example, it would’ve been good to have a longer lunch break so people had time to network with each other, especially as the cafe had limited options so many people had to leave and go into town to get food.”