As part of the ten year celebrations of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Ballarat and regional students worked with local Indigenous artists to create a gallery 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.
300 students from ten schools, unable to attend the workshops held at the Gallery, were given the chance to join a virtual workshop and contribute to the creation of the Bunjil exhibit. Working with three Indigenous artists students heard the traditional dreamtime story of Bunjil, learnt the significance of ceremonial face painting and interacted with the artists, creating contributions that were sent to the Gallery after the virtual event and included in the exhibition. A number of schools involved their Indigenous students and a Special school also involved a class of students in the workshop, dialling in successfully using MS LYNC. Following very positive feedback subsequent activities are planned around future exhibitions by the educational team at the Gallery.
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