Image: Join us for a full day of water-related talks and panels

Be water curious this summer! In conjunction with the Perth Festival exhibition Museum of Water, we’re hosting a full day of lively and engaging talks on Sat 1o Feb. Jois us as we explore water-related topics and our connections to this lifesource.

10:15am | Morning Yarns: Story sharing from the Museum of Water Collection

Meet the custodians who look after Museum of Water and hear stories from their year travelling the state collecting water donations.

11am | Latai Taumoepeau Artist Talk

Hear performance artis Latai Taumoepeau discuss her powerful work Repatriate, showing alongside the Museum of Water as part of Perth Festival. 

12pm | Future Museums: Ways of Sharing History with Amy Sharrocks and Alec Coles

Museums tell stories about the past and present, but they also have the ability to speculate about the future. Join Museum of Water creator Amy Sharrocks and WA Museum CEO Alec Coles in a conversation about museum-ification, systems of care, democracy and alternative ways of holding onto our most treasured histories. Who is listened too and what is kept?

1:30pm | The Pleasures and Politics of Water: Panel Conversation

What is our duty of care for preserving our most precious resource? Water law, environmental treaties, and sustainable future thinking – we gather world experts to discuss actions for protecting our oceans and rivers, and the importance of giving water a voice.

Facilitated by: Trish McDonald (WA), New Museum Project Director, WA Museum


  • Erika Techera (WA), Director UWA Oceans Institute, the University of WA
  • Latai Taumoepeau (NSW), Artist, performance maker, creative industries, provocateur
  • Bruce Ivers (WA), Sustainability expert
  • Anne Poelina (WA), Managing Director Madjulla Incorporated

3pm | The Pull of the Ocean: Panel Conversation

What is your relationship to the ocean? From glitter paths and catchment areas to deep sea swells and unknown territories, a swimmer, a sailor and a surfer come together to share their fear and passion for the ocean, the exhilarance of exploring the wilderness and the undeniable force that keeps drawing them in.

Facilitated by: Meri Fatin (WA), Broadcaster, interviewer, journalist