Artmaking Project and Exhibition

Bunjil's World
Saturday 15 August to Sunday 20 September
As part of the ten year celebrations of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, local students have worked with local Indigenous artists to create this installation including a sculpture of Bunjil the Eagle, creator spirit of the Kulin Nation, and his world, with the students' personal messages about sustainability and reconciliation.

Art Gallery of Ballarat supporting local artists



Kutcha Edwards
Wednesday 26 August, 7.30pm
McCain Hall, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Fusing his soulful music and powerful voice with his life story, Kutcha's music reflects on life as an Aboriginal man in white Australia. A storyteller of passion and spirit, Kutcha evokes a connection to an intimate and resilient songline and invites you on a journey of understanding, insight and memories. Part of the Ballarat Festival of Slow Music and celebrating the 10th anniversary of Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.
Tickets: Adult $30, Member $25, Concession $25, Ballarat Arts Alive Member $25, Festival of Slow Music ticket holders $20, Student $15, available from the Gallery 5320 5858 or online.


Nu Day 2008: Piano Pieces for the Year of the Apology
Thursday 10 September, 7.30pm
Oddie Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat
In 2008, composer Dindy Vaughan wrote a twelve-movement work for solo piano reflecting the emotional journey of the Aboriginal people throughout history, and looking forward to a future that honours their rich and traumatic heritage. Corresponding to the twelve months of the year, this dramatic and intense musical endeavour is performed for the first time in its entirety by internationally acclaimed pianist David Laughton as part of the Art Gallery of Ballarat's presentation of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

Dindy Vaughan is of mixed French, Celtic and Aboriginal ancestry but grew up in ignorance of her Aboriginal  descent. She regards herself as an Australian composer with a strong affinity to the land and Aboriginal cultural traditions. Pianist David Laughton is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician who has been critically acclaimed across Europe, Australia and the USA for performances that combine dazzling technique with impassioned musicianship.

Tickets: Adult $30, Concession and Member $25, Student $15 - ticket price includes light supper, available from the Gallery or online


VIAA Twilight Talks

John T Patten
Wednesday 2 September, 5 for 5.30pm
John Patten is an artist, historian, educator, aspiring author and playwright. He holds qualifications in business management, graphic design, education, genealogy and information technology. John draws on his experience as a graphic artist and photographer to tell both his own stories and those of his ancestors. His art reflects a wild menagerie of ever changing inspirations - traditional art forms vie with comics, urban alternative, art nouveau, 80's retro, Soviet propaganda and underground art forms.

Kent Morris
Wednesday 9 September, 5 for 5.30pm
Kent Morris has exhibited, recorded and performed extensively throughout Australia. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia's Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program. As the state-wide Indigenous Arts Officer with The Torch, Kent developed the Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community Program. Central ongoing themes in his work are connection, contemporary Indigenous experience and cultural identity with contemporary cultural practices, and their continuation, change and evolution.

Marlene Gilson
Wednesday 16 September, 5 for 5.30pm
Marlene Gilson's work explores links to her ancestors by depicting historical events, Aboriginal myths and Dreamtime stories of the Wadawurrung people. Marlene has developed her own style that reflects naïve imagery of the Wadawurrung people and aims to encourage the younger generation to keep the stories alive through painting and learning about culture.

Wine and cheese will be served at these Twilight Talks. Entry by donation.


Art Insight Lunchtime Talks

Paola Balla
Wednesday 12 August, 12.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts, Arts Academy, Camp Street
Paola is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman and a finalist in 2015 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. She is an artist, curator, writer, speaker, educator and cultural producer and is Artist in Residence at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at Victoria University. Her work is driven by a commitment to social justice, addressing impacts of transgenerational colonial trauma and creating spaces for people to have ownership and voice through creative practices and to assert sovereignty.


Jenny Crompton
Wednesday 26 August, 12.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts, Arts Academy, Camp Street
Jenny Crompton is a Wadawurrung woman, a finalist in the 2015 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards and winner of the Deadly Award in 2014. Originally inspired by the decorative arts of South East Asia, she has spent time in Indonesia researching tribal jewellery, Indigenous wood carving and weaving. Since discovering her Wadawurrung ancestory, her art practice focusses on themes that explore the environment and indigenous culture of the country that she lives on, Victoria's Surf Coast on Wadawurrung land.


Peter Waples-Crowe: Self-confessed Ngarigo mongrel breed artist
Wednesday 9 September, 12.30pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Peter Waples-Crowe is an awarding-winning artist whose visual and performance practices play in the intersection of identity, race and culture. His practice explores the areas of dislocation, globalisation, popular culture, spirituality, sub-cultures and Indigeneity as well as adoption, sexuality, animism, binaries, craft, street art, politics, traditional Indigenous cultures - all with a whole bunch of humour.


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