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Eye of our Ancestors

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Eye of our Ancestors presents five Indigenous female artists who poignantly reflect on their relationship with heritage.
Eye-of-the-Ancestors.jpg Charlotte Allingham, Sacred Flames will burn bright, 2018, A1 Digital print on 300gsm watercolor paper


  • Charlotte Allingham
  • Deanne Gilson
  • Genevieve Grieves
  • Kelly Koumalatsos
  • Amanda Wright

About the exhibition

Eye of our Ancestors presents five Indigenous female artists who poignantly reflect on their relationship with heritage. Defined through illustration, printmaking, painting and installation - a strong connection to culture is intrinsic to the making — be it through traditional colours, symbolism or materials.

A driving force behind each of these five artist’s work, is a vital social activism and powerful sense of identity. The narratives of the past are traced and redefined with a contemporary voice and bold vision for the future.


Creation stories with Aunty Irene


10am to 11am, Friday 5 April
ArtSpace at Realm
Ages 3-6
Cost: $5 per child
(Please note this event is booked out)

Join Wailwan woman and local Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Elder Aunty Irene Norman for a fun morning of dreamtime storytelling. Hear the creation stories about ancient beings such as Bunjil the eagle creator and touch beautiful possum skin cloaks and weavings by Aunty Irene.

Aunty Irene has exhibited at The Koorie Heritage Trust, Realm ArtSpace, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Mullum Mullum Festival and many indigenous events. In 2015 she was awarded the EMR NAIDOC Art Award and she continues to teach Indigenous Culture and Reconciliation in schools and to the wider Community.

Ochre Making Workshop

Wadawurrung Camping Alongside the Werribee River, acrylic, gold leaf, Black Hill ochre, charcoal on linen, 2015

11am to 12pm. Saturday 6 April
ArtSpace at Realm
Ages 16 and over
Cost: $5

Join Wathaurung artist Deanne Gilson for a workshop on how to paint with ochres and create your own still life bush flowers on paper. Hear how Deanne uses her own unique symbols to build paintings inspired by Wathaurung Country using ochres. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Light refreshments provided.

Deanne Gilson has exhibited widely throughout Victoria, including at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Koorie Heritage Trust. She is currently based in Ballarat and is completing a PhD in Philosophy at Deakin University.

Date and Time

  • Monday, 04 March 2019 - 9.00AM to Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 5.00PM
    Past event




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