Celebrate the exhibition opening of Ancestor Treasures: First Nations Tools and Adornment on Jaara Country on Saturday 16 December, 2pm.
As part of this event, we also celebrate the launch of our latest Terrace Projection, a video work of paintings by First Nations collective Pitcha Makin Fellas, and an off-site billboard featuring a work by Ash Thomas (Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri), both presented as part of the touring exhibition Collective Movements, with support from NETS Victoria.
Thank you to major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for sponsoring wine and beer, alongside support from StrangeLove with non-alc beverages. Thank you Murnong Mummas for supporting this event with refreshments.
Free event. Please RSVP here.
Ancestor Treasures: First Nations Tools and Adornment on Jaara Country
Under the care of Jaara and Dja Dja Wurrung Country, First Nations ancestor tools and adornment have been within the stewardship of Castlemaine Art Museum since its inception in 1913 – having been housed as part of CAM’s Collection – and held in trust for the local Jaara and Dja Dja Wurrung community, as well as all First Nations people.
Many of these items are being exhibited for the first time in Ancestor Treasures, under the direction of Uncle Rick Nelson (Jaara), Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Elder; Alvin Darcy Briggs (ADB) (Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Ngarigo Walbunga), Artist; Tiriki Onus (Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung), Associate Dean of Indigenous Development and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, University of Melbourne; and Sharnie Hamilton (Djaara), Cultural Values Manager, Djandak.
Ancestor Treasures also includes traditional tools made by contemporary artist ADB (Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Ngarigo Walbunga), in response to the Collection, and a video by First Nations photographer James Henry in collaboration with Henry Harmony Nelson's Descendants – the Saunders family from Mooroopna.
Terrace Projection: Collective Movements - Pitcha Makin Fellas, Why Don't Whitefellas Like Trees?
'Why Don’t Whitefellas Like Trees?' is an after dark video projection of paintings by Pitcha Makin Fellas – a First Nations collective hailing from Ballarat on Wadawurrung Country. This work was created by Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji woman Trudy Edgeley; Dja Dja Wurrung, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman Alison McRae; and Gunditjmara man Ted Laxton. This is a Monash University Museum of Art / NETS Victoria touring project. This project emerges from the touring exhibition Collective Movements.
Collective Movements - Ash Thomas, The Hunters
A new billboard, featuring 'The Hunters', a vivid artwork by First Nations artist Ash Thomas, is presented on Midland Highway, Castlemaine. Ash Thomas is a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri artist who creates detail-oriented paintings that interconnect culture, spirituality and realism. This is a NETS Victoria touring project, with support from The Torch. This project emerges from the touring exhibition Collective Movements, initiated by the Monash University Museum of Art.