Various artists

Stories and Structures – New Connections

Detail from The Big Wet by Arone Meeks

Stories and Structures – New Connections

60,000 years of tradition meet the microscopic world

The exhibition

Bundanon Trust is proud to present a selection of the Stories and Structures – New Connections exhibition that opened at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney in June this year.

The exhibition explores images that pass on knowledge and shape our understanding of the world. Rich visual parallels between the representations seen in many Indigenous artworks and the microscopic structures hidden in the natural world, reveal unexpected and intriguing similarities.

Stories and Structures – New Connections brings together a story-telling and image-making tradition developed over 60,000 years or more, with scientific imaging created by high-tech instruments. This delivers a new vision of our country and its stories. We hope that these images will open new conversations and provide opportunities to make new and lasting connections.

Humans are visual beings and we naturally find similarities in what we see. This enables our brain to learn and build a mental picture of the way the world is put together. Artworks, photographs and scientific images all provide wider perspectives that contribute to that knowledge.

The artists who have participated in this exhibition come from around Australia and have brought their own styles and traditions to produce works that reveal the depth of these recurring visual themes, giving us new cross-cultural perspectives on how we all know and understand our world.


Curator: Jenny Whiting

Artists and works:

Julian Oates, Your Autochthonous Seam

Joshua Bonson, Skin

Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, Witchetty Grub Dreaming

Vanessa Nampijinpa Brown, Ngalyarrpa Jukurrpa (Sandhills Dreaming)

Brian Robinson, Malu Minaral

Bronwyn Bancroft, Beauty In Survival

Lynette Riley, Ironbark Cloak

Evelyn Malgil, Winniper Springs (My Father's Country)

Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert,Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming)

Arkeria Rose Armstrong, Baayami and Gurriya

Proudly presented by Microscopy Australia


Jenny Whiting is a researcher and science communicator with 20 years of experience in using microscopy to engage the public with science. She is currently the Marketing & Business Development Manager of Microscopy Australia, based at the University of Sydney. After completing her B.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide's Biochemistry Department, Jenny spent nine years undertaking basic research in molecular and developmental biology at several institutions in London. She now communicates the benefits and outcomes of Microscopy Australia’s national research infrastructure, including through outreach activities that share the wonder to be found in the microscopic world.

Information about all the artists can be found here: