Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Batavia: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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Gallery opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.


This exhibition follows new discoveries by researchers at UWA and the WA Museum into the 1629 wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia and the mutiny, murder, and incredible feats of survival it sparked, as re-interpreted by Paul Uhlmann and Robert Cleworth.

Please be advised this exhibition contains adult content. Not recommended for those under the age of 18.

Image: Paul Uhlmann, Batavia 4th June 1629 (night of my sickness) (detail, one of three panels), 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 180cm.

Exhibition runs

7 October - 16 December 2017


Symposium: Batavia (1629): Giving Voice to the Voiceless

A free public symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Batavia: Giving voice to the voiceless. Discover more about the enduring historical impact of the maritime disaster of the wrecking of the Dutch East India vessel Batavia in the Abroholos Islands in 1629 through the eyes of artists, historians and archaeologists.

Speakers include: Robert Cleworth (Artist, New South Wales), Alec Coles OBE, CEO (Director WA Museum), Dr Daniel Franklin (The University of Western Australia), Professor Jane Lydon (The University of Western Australia), Professor Alistair Paterson (The University of Western Australia), Corioli Souter (The University of Western Australia; Western Australian Museum), Dr Paul Uhlmann (Artist, Western Australia; Edith Cowan University), Arvi Wattel (The University of Western Australia).

Co–hosted by the UWA Cultural Precinct and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

When: 7 October 10am - 4pm
Where: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Register for Batavia (1629) Symposium


Batavia: Giving Voice to the Voiceless is made possible by the support of various organisations and individuals, including: 

LWAG gratefully acknowledges grant support from the Australia Council for the Arts. 




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