Fed Square CBD 17th Sept, 12-6pm
To celebrate the experience and breadth of knowledge in the Koorie community, Craft is proud to present the Koorie Showcase, a survey of Aboriginal craft, and a platform for sharing cultural knowledge as part of Craft Cubed Festival, proudly supported by the Gandel Foundation, Fed Square and Creative Victoria.
Craft’s new Aboriginal Projects program is committed to sharing Victorian Aboriginal craft with wider audiences by highlighting the high level of skill and creativity that exists within the Aboriginal craft community.
There is an impressive tradition of creative expression in the Koorie arts and crafts community. Employing traditional and contemporary practices, makers are continuing to develop and share craft that inspires and connects with growing consumer markets.
Craft invites the public to engage with a broad selection of contemporary Koorie craft, and participate in workshops and demonstrations on the day.
Artistic Director and CEO Jane Scott said the appointment of a dedicated Aboriginal Projects Coordinator with the support of Creative Victoria has allowed a series of Koorie craft projects to commence.
“We’re thrilled to showcase and celebrate the skill and diversity of Koorie craft.
“We have some incredibly talented makers whose work will be available to purchase, as well as weaving demonstrations and the opportunity to get involved in making on the day, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” Ms Scott said.
Thursday 17 September 12-6pm
A showcase of local Aboriginal craft, including workshops and demonstrations.
- Craft stalls featuring recent work from the Aboriginal commissions project
- Grass Basket Weaving workshop with Donna Blackall
- Bush Toy Workshop with Bronwyn Razem
- Paintings by Vicki Couzens and Josh Muir
- Lee Darroch will present and discuss the process of creating Possum Skin Cloaks and their cultural importance
- Koorie Heritage Trust collection display
- Baluk Arts Centre featured artists
- Photographs and t-shirts by renowned artist Maree Clarke
Lee Darroch, Maree Clarke, Vicki Couzens, Josh Muir, Cassie Leatham-Harrap, Donna Blackall, Baluk Arts, Bronwyn Razem, Emma Bamblett, Deanne Gilson, Edward John Flower, Elizabeth Liddle.
Lee Darroch is a proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti, Boon Wurrong woman. She is a renowned visual artist and leader of the cultural revival of traditional cultural practices across South-eastern Australia in particular possum skin cloak making, feather work and coiled basketry. Lee has worked for the past 28 years in Aboriginal community based organisations and in her own business, Gurranyin Arts, since 1995.
Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba woman from north-east Victoria. Maree’s working life as an artist has seen her develop as a pivotal figure in the reclamation of south-east Australian Aboriginal art practices and as a leader in nurturing and promoting the diversity of contemporary south-east Aboriginal artists. Maree continues to curate exhibitions showcasing the development of contemporary south-east Australian Aboriginal art and culture and remains one of the key figures in the story of south-east Australian Aboriginal art and the practice of cultural reclamation.
Vicki Couzens is a Keerray Wurrong woman from the Western Districts of Victoria.
Vicki says “My work is inspired by my culture. It is my passion for the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of our cultural knowledge and practices that drives me and informs the work that I do. The images and installations I create are drawn from the teachings of our Ancestors, Old People and Elders who guide me through my life. Land, language and identity are who we are… through the use of language, stories and image our culture is made stronger, our connections are made stronger, we are made stronger.”
Josh Muir is a young Freelance Visual Artist with heritage from Gunditjamara / Yorta Yorta. Josh is passionate and his art reflects a positive style with influence from contemporary street art, a modern way of expressing stories through vibrant work. Josh took to contemporary street art as a kid, inspired by the colour contrasts and its place in the public arena for everyone to enjoy. Being Aboriginal has given him a strong connection to his culture and creativity has always run through his veins. Josh also values the opportunities he has had to contribute to his community.
Josh Muir recently won a Telstra National Indigenous Art Award (2015).
Baluk Arts was initiated and is driven by Aboriginal artists of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning a great many or group of. Baluk aims to To build capacity, maintain culture and achieve economic advancement through the production, preservation, promotion and sale of Indigenous art from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
The group is comprised of experienced and emerging Aboriginal artists. The presentation and promotion of the diversity of Indigenous emerging artists from Frankston/Mornington Peninsula enhances Melbourne’s cultural diversity and increases the ability for the wider public to reflect on the complexity of Aboriginal culture in south east Melbourne.
IMAGE above: A selection of wares on display at the Koorie Showcase. Woven grass basket by Donna Blackall, Possum Skin Armband by Lee Darroch and ceramic works courtesy of Baluk Arts.