Oct
16

Painting Stories – Aunty Marlene Gilson

By Lucinda Horrocks, 16 October 2015.

“I realise the dispossession of Aboriginal people and the legacy of racist colonialism is still present in the bones of my home”

Aunty Marlene Gilson’s paintbrush is tiny. It’s narrow as a twig, a fraction the width of her thumbnail. She holds it poised in one hand while rummaging for paint amongst the crumpled tubes lying randomly on a chair next to her. She talks constantly, nervous because we are there. “Where’s the red?” she says. “You know, I can never find it. “ She dips the brush into the paint tube with a practised gesture. “I’m not supposed to do it this way”, she says, “but it’s easier”. She leans close to the large canvas and traces a line, a thread of colour. Bright pigments. Red first. Then yellow, then white. She is lighting a campfire, the simple colours morphing into flames before my eyes. “I wasn’t going to light the fire but I think it looks better.” She dabs on a bit of white and black with a dirty sponge. “That’s the smoke”, she says. And indeed it is, drifting lazily past some tiny figures around a campfire.

 “That’s done.” She says.

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Oct
16

Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe

 

Info

Commissioned by: Culture Victoria

Produced: 2015

Length: 10.27 minutes

Uncle Bryon Powell

Uncle Bryon Powell, Wadawurrung Elder, talks about stories of canoe use by Wadawurrung people. Interviewed on the banks of the Barwon River, Geelong. Still by Jary Nemo

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Associate Professor Fred Cahir on the Big Screen, Fed Square, July 2015. Photograph by Jary Nemo.

Culture Victoria project

The Culture Victoria project included a full image gallery with archival images, extended audio interviews, and a specifically commissioned documentary.

Story Objects

The Culture Victoria story objects included film, audio and images with curatorial text created by Wind & Sky Productions and three specifically commissioned historical essays written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks.

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Waggoners Fording a Stream, Illustrated Australian News, engraver FW Sleap, 1883, courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.

Jamie Lowe, Djabwurrung man. Still by Jary Nemo.

Associate Professor Fred Cahir. Still by Jary Nemo.

 

 

The Story

On the rivers of remote Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, stock and people.

The Aboriginal bark canoe was a technology in demand in regional Victoria in the 1800s. Explorers and drovers, gold miners and settlers used Aboriginal ferrying services and boat building services to conduct trade and transport. Stories abound of trade, canoeing, and heroic rescues on rivers such as the Murray, Goulburn, Campaspe, Ovens and Loddon, shedding light on the generosity, resourcefulness and ingenuity of the Indigenous inhabitants and of the trading relationships formed between Aboriginal people and European colonists. Indeed it could be argued that the waterways skills of Aboriginal Australians were integral to the early economic viability of Victoria.

Multimedia Project

Wind & Sky Productions produced a short documentary film and multimedia gallery for Culture Victoria, curating the online exhibition and producing the text, video, audio and visual content. The project was launched on the 27 May 2015 to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week 2015. The documentary film screened at the Big Screen at Federation Square, Melbourne, from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC Week 2015. The project features interviews with the historian Associate Professor Fred Cahir and Traditional Owners Uncle Bryon Powell, Jamie Lowe and Rick Nelson, and includes artwork, maps and photographs from the regional and metropolitan collections of the State Library of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Public Record Office Victoria, Museum Victoria and the Ballarat Gold Museum. Three short historical essays written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks were also specially produced for the project.

Screenings

Online: http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/aboriginal-culture/seeing-the-land-from-an-aboriginal-canoe/

18 June 2017, St Andrews Film Society, St Andrews

26-28 May 2017, Gnarwirring Ngitj Festival, Sovereign Hill Ballarat

28 April 2017, Setting Sun Short Film Festival, Yarraville

28 September 2016, Australian Limnology Conference, Ballarat

July 2016, 2016 NAIDOC Week Special Screening, Child and Family Services (CAFS), Ballarat

27 May 2016, Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine, Reconciliation Week Screenings

9-10 April 2016, Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Lake Bolac

12-14 March 2016, Geelong Wooden Boat Festival, Geelong

20 February 2016, Geelong Environmental Film Festival, Geelong

21 November 2015, Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF), Castlemaine

5-11 July 2015, The Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne

Awards

Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA Awards) 2016, Highly Commended, Indigenous Project or Keeping Place, Level 2.

Finalist, Best Cultural Diversity, Setting Sun Short Film Festival, Yarraville, 2017.

Finalist, Best Documentary Metro, Setting Sun Short Film Festival, Yarraville, 2017.

Media

Lucinda Horrocks, ‘seeing the land from an Aboriginal canoe’, Association Magazine, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Autumn 2017, pp.30-33.

Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks, ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’, Park Watch Magazine, September 2016 No 266, pp 24-25.

Larissa Romensky, ‘Documentary film explores significance of Aboriginal entrepreneurship in Victoria during colonial times’, ABC Central Victoria, 19 November 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-19/documentary-film-explores-significance-of-aboriginal-transport/6954288

Shane Fowles, ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe documentary details indigenous assistance to settlers’, Geelong Advertiser, 7 July 2015, http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/seeing-the-land-from-an-aboriginal-canoe-documentary-details-indigenous-assistance-to-settlers/story-fnjuhovy-1227430795289

Lucinda Horrocks radio interview, Breakfast with Dominic Brine, 107.9 ABC Ballarat, 6 July 2015.

Melissa Cunningham, ‘Ballarat’s Aboriginal history set to light up big screen’, Ballarat Courier, 2 July 2015, http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3185898/unknown-history-explored/

Project Link

http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/aboriginal-culture/seeing-the-land-from-an-aboriginal-canoe/

Film Credits

Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written and researched by:
Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks
Featuring:
Fred Cahir, Uncle Bryon Powell, Jamie Lowe, Rick Nelson
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Interviews:
Lucinda Horrocks
Archival images courtesy of:
The Art Gallery of Ballarat and The State Library of Victoria.
With thanks to:
Uncle Frank Abrahams, Aunty Vicki Abrahams, John Blythman, Lauren Bourke, Maxine Briggs, Leonie Cameron, Charlotte Christie, Ian Clark, Jeremy Clark, Brett Dunlop, Peter Freund, Richard Gillespie, Barbara Huggins, Karmen Jobling, Tracey Manallack, Rosemary McInerney, Julie McLaren, Kimberley Moulton, Gordon Morrison, Grattan Mullett, Uncle Bill Nicholson, Melanie Raberts, Felicity Say, Vic Say, Aunty Loraine Sellings, Jeanette Tasker, Miriam Troon, Roger Trudgeon, John Tully, Uncle Larry Walsh, Simone Werts, John Young, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Dunolly & District History, the Gold Museum Ballarat, Federation University Australia, the Koori Heritage Trust, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Museum Victoria, the Public Record Office Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council.
Commissioned by:
Culture Victoria
Funded by:
Creative Victoria
Acknowledgement:
This film was created for the Culture Victoria website (www.cv.vic.gov.au) with the support of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Film production and development took place on the traditional lands of the Djab Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Jardwadjali, Wadawurrung (Wathaurung), and Woiwurrung peoples. We would like to acknowledge these traditional owners and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions 2015.

Project Credits

Project Acknowledgements:
Development and filming for this project took place on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung, Jardwadjali, Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) and Woiwurrung speaking peoples. The team was also privileged to consult with and to be granted permission to use images and artwork from Taungurung, Yorta Yorta and Gunai/Kurnai speaking peoples. The project team acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work and we pay our respect to their Elders, past and present. Many people worked on this project and helped make it a reality. We thank them all.
Project Team
Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Film Director:
Jary Nemo
Writing and research:
Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks
Cast:
Fred Cahir, Uncle Bryon Powell, Jamie Lowe, Rick Nelson
Acknowledgments by Institution
Art Gallery of Ballarat:
Peter Freund, Julie McLaren, Gordon Morrison
Australian National Maritime Museum:
David Payne
Ballarat Mechanics Institute:
John Blythman, Rosemary McInerney
Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre:
Uncle Frank Abrahams, Aunty Vicki Abrahams, Jeremy Clark, Jamie Lowe
BrainTrain:
Bill Horrocks, Heather Horrocks
Castlemaine ANTaR:
Rick Nelson, Paulette Nelson, Felicity Say, Vic Say
Cummerugunja Local Aboriginal Land Council:
Rebecca Atkinson
Culture Victoria:
Dimity Mapstone, Eleanor Whitworth, Tanya Wolkenberg
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation:
Barbara Huggins
Dunolly Museum:
John Tully
Federation University Australia:
Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, John McDonald
Footscray Community Arts Centre:
Uncle Larry Walsh
Gunaikurnai Land & Waters Aboriginal Land Corporation:
Grattan Mullett
Koori Heritage Trust:
Nerissa Broben, Charlotte Christie
Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust:
Leonie Cameron, Aunty Lorraine Sellings, Jeanette Tasker
Museum Victoria:
Richard Gillespie, Kimberley Moulton, Melanie Raberts, Miriam Troon
Public Record Office Victoria:
Lauren Bourke, Tracey Manallack
Sovereign Hill Museums Association: Gold Museum, Ballarat:
Brett Dunlop, Roger Trudgeon
State Library of Victoria:
Maxine Briggs
Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation trading as Wadawurrung:
Uncle Bryon Powell, John Young, Simone Werts
Wind & Sky Productions:
Lucinda Horrocks, Jary Nemo
Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Incorporated:
Uncle Colin Hunter, Karmen Jobling, Aunty Alice Kolasa, Uncle Bill Nicholson, Charley Woolmore
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation:
Aunty Janice Muir, Aunty Elsie Bailey, Ruben Baksh
Commissioned by:
Culture Victoria
Funded by:
Creative Victoria
Copyright with:
Content Producers and Collection Holders.

 

 

 

May
27

Canoe Project Sheds Light on Hidden Aboriginal History

1 July 2015 (revised)

A new project about bark canoes reveals a forgotten history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.

On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people.

A documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short educational essays.

The film was screened on the Big Screen at Fed Square every day from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC week 2015.

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Apr
10

Val D’Angri – M.A.D.E Digital Stories

 

Sewing the Eureka Flag

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Client: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Produced: 2014

Length: 4.32 minutes

Val D'Angri, 2014 Val D'Angri and the Eureka Flag, 1973 Life in a Tent, inset, Eugene Von Guerard, Ballarat r.m. Tent z. Sud West. 28 July n August 1853’

In late 1972 high school sewing teacher Val D’Angri was asked to hand stitch the Eureka Flag onto a custom built backing. She undertook the labour intensive restoration work over a two week period in May 1973 in the Oddie Gallery, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (then known as the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery). In this short film Val recalls what she felt on seeing the flag for the first time, her emotions on touching and restoring the flag, and the hours of back breaking work it took to finish the project. Val argues that the way the flag was constructed points to women having made it. She speculates what life must have been like for those rebellious women in the Spring of Eureka, November 1854.

Wind & Sky Productions produced four short digital stories for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka as part of the commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. The films are on permanent display in the Museum touchtable exhibition.

Screenings

On permanent display, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.

Credits

Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written and researched by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Featuring:
Val D’Angri
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Interviews:
Lucinda Horrocks
Artwork:
‘The Three Gums’ © Hans Heysen/Licensed by Viscopy, 2014
Archival images courtesy of:
Ballarat City Council, Ballarat Historical Society, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Ballarat Courier, The Gold Museum, Ballarat, The National Library of Australia, The State Library of Victoria, Val and Norm D’Angri.
With thanks to:
Anne Beggs-Sunter, Norm D’Angri, Rita Cousens, Ursula Diamond-Keith, Andrew Eales, Edith Fry, Peter Freund, Claire Gervasoni, Merrilyn Harlock, Julie McLaren, Gordon Morrison, Claire Muir, Leslee Sullivan, Val Stevens and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Commissioned by:
Jane Smith, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
Funded by:
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Acknowledgement:
We give thanks to the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land where the Eureka Stockade took place, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.
Copyright with:
© M.A.D.E. Ballarat 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

Dec
12

Report of the First Week of December 2014

By Lucinda Horrocks 12 December 2014.

On the morning of the 3rd of December Jary and I woke blurry eyed, well before sunrise. At 3:30am we drove through a dark and silent Ballarat to Main Road, towards the glowing beacon of Sovereign Hill’s mining tower which after dark is always lit from below, where we joined a procession of cars in the otherwise empty street heading towards the museum’s entrance. At the brightly-lit reception, smiling staff in period costume ushered us, the blinking and the bewildered, into the museum’s 19th century streets.

So it started at 3am on the third of December. And it didn’t stop until Sunday the 7thth. In a special week, we got to celebrate many events to do with projects we have worked on over the last five years. Trust me, weeks like this are unusual.

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