The History Trust of South Australia, through the National Motor Museum, has recently been awarded significant funding of $300,000 through the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia regional touring program to develop and present a national touring exhibition that explores the popular early 2000s television series, Bush Mechanics.
“Bush Mechanics was a popular and quirky television series made by Indigenous media company PAW Media and director David Batty just over 15 years ago. It captured the imagination of many Australians at the time with its humorous exploration of the relationship between Aboriginal Australia and motoring”, said the National Motor Museum’s Senior Curator, Mick Bolognese.
“The exhibition will honour the spirit of Bush Mechanics by taking a light-hearted approach. Some of the vehicles from the series have found their way into the collections of Australia’s biggest museums, and they will be reunited in this exhibition. We are also developing some engaging mechanical interactives that will challenge visitors to the exhibition to match their skill against the challenges the Bush Mechanics faced during their epic journeys in remote Australia. And we’ll be using some hi-tech too: we’ve been developing some very interesting augmented reality applications that will accompany the exhibition and give people further insight into Aboriginal culture”, Bolognese concluded.
The exhibition, being developed in partnership with Pintubi Anmatjere Warlpiri Media, will open in April at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. It will then travel to Yuendumu, Tennant Creek and Darwin (for the Royal Darwin Show) and Alice Springs. It will then return to Adelaide for a season as part of the Tarnanthi Festival before heading off to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and the Melbourne Museum.
“This funding is a great opportunity for the History Trust of South Australia, through the National Motor Museum, to showcase the exciting and innovative work of our museums”, said the History Trust’s CEO Greg Mackie OAM.
This exhibition is supported by the Visions of Australia regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.