An Aboriginal Culinary Journey

Date 29 September 2022 - 11 October 2022
Location You can purchase this special range at Harrods in London

An Aboriginal Culinary Journey: Designed for Living is an exhibition of objects from the National Museum of Australia’s collection alongside a newly commissioned range of appliances featuring stunning designs from contemporary artists.

An Aboriginal Culinary Journey debuted at the National Museum in Canberra in 2022 and is being shown at the Australian High Commission in London from 29 September to 11 October 2022, before touring to Brussels and Berlin. You can also purchase this special range of productions at Harrods in London.

Alison Page, Breville Art Series Curator, Walbanga and Wadi Wadi peoples: We’re applying a story and meaning to the objects that people use every day.

The exhibition is a partnership between First Nations peoples, Breville (known as Sage in the United Kingdom and Europe) and the National Museum of Australia, producing objects for the heart of the home that celebrates contemporary design and reflects 65,000 years of ongoing Indigenous culture.

Breville is donating 100 per cent of its profits from the collection to the National Indigenous Culinary Institute of Australia, Indi Kindi by the Moriarty Foundation and other initiatives supporting the creation of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For some 2,000 generations Australian Aboriginal people have been gathering around campfires to prepare and cook food. They have used various tools and appliances. These include boomerangs for bringing down game, coolamons for collecting bulbs, grains and small game. Fire sticks were used to light fires for cooking, and containers were made from bark or seaweed (kelp) to carry water, while grinding stones were used to make bread from seeds and to crush berries and other plants.

Today Aboriginal people, like most Australians, like to stock up on labour-saving devices, which have largely replaced traditional tools. But their purpose remains the same. People still gather in kitchens to toast their breads, grind their coffee beans, and prepare refreshments for family and friends. These modern hearths and ‘campfires’ are also where different cultures meet.

Wrapped in Country, these once ordinary appliances have become cultural ambassadors, not unlike the Aboriginal paintings that adorn the walls of people’s homes. They act like doorways to Indigenous knowledges, giving insights into our continuing connection to Country.


Dr Mathew Trinca AM, Director of the National Museum of Australia: Partnerships strengthen and broaden the work of the Museum. We are delighted to partner with Breville and Sage on an Aboriginal Culinary Journey, a project that shares Australia’s 65,000 years of Indigenous culture in a modern-day context.

Adjunct Professor Margo Ngawa Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator and Principal Advisor, National Museum of Australia. Living in the heart of people’s homes these once ordinary appliances, now wrapped in Country, become cultural ambassadors.


This international exhibition is presented in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.