Travelling Sounds: Music & Migration in Western Sydney

5 December 2020 – 19 June 2021

Travelling Sounds was a multidisciplinary project exploring the historic and contemporary connections between music and migration in western Sydney. Amplifying the voices of young artists with a migrant background, the exhibition and public programs celebrated local talent, offering a stage for experimentation and creativity.

Download the Travelling Sounds exhibition texts(PDF, 102KB)

Visitor with hat looking at museum display case. Record cover displayed with the title SOUTH WEST and tablet playing music videos.

The exhibition brought together collection items, community loans and newly-commissioned works: a display of music, videos, photographs, rare vinyl records and objects. With a focus on Fairfield, Travelling Sounds explored the connections between music and migration from the 1960s to today. It convincingly showed the often ignored influence of Sydney’s fringe suburbs in shaping Australia’s musical landscape.

The artists featured include superstars, migrants and once Fairfield locals The Easybeats, JPY and Jon English. The birth of Australian hip hop, firmly rooted in Sydney’s western suburbs, was illustrated through a dynamic display, linking the emerging sub-culture to a growing opposition to mainstream Anglo-Australian culture.

A large commission of new photographic work by Liza Moscatelli captured the thriving music scene of western Sydney, highlighting the voices of contemporary artists.

 

It's Our Duty! Reflections of Women and Hip Hop

Celebrating International Women's Day in March 2021, FCMG hosted a screening of music documentary It's Our Duty! Reflections of Women & Hip Hop. Film director, Liza Moscatelli, was joined by a panel of acclaimed female hip hop artists discussing the power of art and music to raise awareness and create social change. The event closed with an MC Cypher.

Line-up: Kween G, BARKAA, Merenia Marin, MC Trey, Maya Jupiter and DJ KILIMI

Click on the image below to watch the International Women's Day: It's Our Duty

It's our duty! Reflections of women & hip hop - Purple and pink image of six women of colour dancing and smiling