ANTaR and the Sea of Hands are fundamental to the achievement of justice and Reconciliation in this country
— Patrick Dodson

On the 12th of October 1997, the Sea of Hands paved its way into Australian history books as 70,000 members of culturally diverse communities protested outside Parliament House in Canberra. The Sea of Hands was a protest in opposition to the Howard Government’s proposed amendments to the Native Title Act of 1993.

The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol of Indigenous rights to land, the on-going process of Reconciliation, and the desire for greater mutual understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Each one of these hands symbolise the Australian people’s rights-based movement towards Reconciliation.

Today, almost 300,000 Australians have put their signatures on a hand in the Sea of Hands and helped in its installation in every major city around Australia, as well as many localities throughout Victoria.  


Hold your own Sea of Hands event

Want to have your own Sea of Hands installation at your work, school or business?  Be one of the over 300,000 Australians to join the campaign. We can help you stage a  Sea of Hands event with anything from a few hands to a few thousand!  

The hands are loaned to schools in boxes of 200. Mixed boxes with all colours, or single colour boxes are readily available. Hands are in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags. (Red, Yellow, Black, White, Blue and Green). Metal spikes for planting the hands into the ground are already attached.

For an installation to appear at its best we suggested 16-20 hands per square metre. Meaning an 800 hand installation would 40sq metres ie. 6.33 m X 6.33 m.

Hire fees

We wish we could send the Hands around the country for free but there are freight charges, storage and upkeep of the hands that needs to be covered.


  • Puddle of 200 Hands: $350 incl GST
  • Pond of 400 Hands: $550 incl GST
  • Lake of 800 hands: $950 incl GST

The courier cost is included in the above prices. You can also get a 10% discount by collecting and returning the Hands to ANTaR Victoria's office in Fitzroy.

If you want to hold your own Sea of Hands event fill out the expression of interest form below and we will get back to you shortly.