Australia season of events at British Museum

Culture vultures visiting luxury London hotels may be interested in visiting the British Museum to check out the Australian season of exhibits until October 16th.

Exploring life Down Under, the British Museum puts on an impressive display of the region's flora and fauna, as well as arts and crafts.

The season of events is packed full of things to see, including exhibitions, installations, performances, lectures and film screenings.

Among the free exhibitions available to visitors is Australia Landscape, which offers a closer look at the continent's biodiversity in a special display presented in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Out of Australia is a rare exhibition of modern Australian prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan, Rover Thomas and 58 other Aussie artists.

"The exhibition is the first big show of Australian art of any kind in London for over a decade," explained the museum.

"This is the first exhibition of Australian works on paper of this scale and ambition to be held outside Australia."

Featuring more than 125 works from 1940s modernists to contemporary artists and indigenous printmakers, the British Museum boasts about its "impressive collection".

A special catalogue of the items on display has been published by the British Museum Press to accompany the display.

Baskets and belonging: Indigenous Australian histories, teaches visitors about the many native groups in the country and displays a collection of handcrafted baskets.

"It includes many important historic baskets, such as a small water carrier from Tasmania, skilfully constructed from a single piece of kelp," the museum added.
 

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