The Dreamers exhibitions

Digital storyteller, Pippa Wischer, examines how we understand our lives within the realms of the deeper questions of existence. The Dreamers is an exhibition of intimate portraits, written quotes and sound recordings of people receiving palliative care, revealing the honest reflections of those living until they die.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the following exhibition contains the images, text and sound of people who have died.

The Dreamers has had an excellent response from audience members, with over 100,000 people visiting the various exhibitions in 2015 and 2016.

2017, Alexandra Hospital, Alexandra
2017, Seymour Library, Seymour
2017, Kilmore Library, Kilmore
2016, Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
2016, Shepparton Library, Shepparton
2016, Fitzroy Library, Melbourne
2015, Foyer, Metanoia Theatre, Melbourne
2015, Ballarat International Foto Biennale
2015, Melbourne City Library, Melbourne
2015, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell

These exhibitions were proudly sponsored by Palliative Care Victoria. Without their financial assistance, these exhibitions would not have been possible.

Comments from visitors to the exhbition

“I feel less alone thinking about death. Thank you for helping us to face what we all have to do alone.”

“Really interesting. Really beautiful. This exhibition challenges the belief that we’re not going to die, forcing us to confont our own mortality in the exquisite faces of others. Thanks for opening my eyes up to this.”

“Breaks down the old chestnut, that you have to be old to die.”

“I love the honoring of these people’s wisdom, and their spirits. Really lovely.”

“Great sample with so many different ideas/views to ponder.”

“This exhibition is ever so necessary.”

“Beautiful. These people won’t be forgotten. Some don’t look close to death at all, which makes me realise how fragile we all can be.”

“Inspiring and thought-provoking. We take so much for granted.”



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Forty people receiving palliative care reveal their thoughts about life, dreams and dying. Is there a purpose to life? What gives them joy? Have they had dreams or visions about death or the hereafter? How do they feel about dying?

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Bernard Ring and Jill Hennessy MP

“We went to see The Dreamers at the City Library. We both loved it – seeing the different perspectives and philosophies people had – religious, humanist, acceptance, sadness, guilt, hope of being reunited with loved ones…it really stayed with me long after we left.”

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I want to die in country. That’s my wish. I dream of being with my mum and my husband. I can feel my husband’s presence around the house all the time and I dream that I’ll be at peace.

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I had a wake here by myself one day, that’s how bad I got. You don’t like to tell people what you are; you got this or that cancer and think you’re going to die. I take in more than I did before, trying to get a bit more out of life.

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I now believe that the lights just go out and that’s it. It was very peaceful; just flick the switch. I don’t think I’m going to be catching up with people.

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Dreams, oh, I have whole movies! I never before was seeing dead people. That’s why I think, maybe if I die, if there is another life, I will meet them.

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I’m French; I love my cheese. When I was in hospital I told them ‘No way I’m going to die before I have a lasagna!’ For me that’s important, being able to live your death.

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I was just floating around like Peter Pan. You couldn’t compare it to anything that’s on this side. The physical body is the one that feels the pain; the spiritual body’s not solid so you can’t hurt it.

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I’m trying to find a bit of normality in my life. Unfortunately, it’s jumped the fence, and now I have to mourn the joy of being normal, of not being cancer.

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I found myself saying, ‘I wonder if I’ll actually be alive next Wednesday?’ You suddenly realize that life doesn’t have to be that serious. But I give myself what I call little moments of terror…

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“I love this book for its demonstrations of patience, courage and love. For those of us who have still to face the final passage, it is both transforming and reassuring.”
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM

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