Bunjil Place highlights Indigenous art for the young and old

Explore the private collection of a prolific Melbourne art collector with Home Ground: The Collection of Arthur Roe opening Saturday 11 August. Hand-picked from his extensive collection, the exhibition features an exquisite showcase of 40 major works including paintings, ceramics, sculptures and prints from the 1960s to current.

Home Ground focuses on works by Australian artists that are predominantly non-objective and through varying practices evoke a sense of place. The interconnections and exchanges occurring between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous works are a highlight of the collection and inform the exhibition.

Arthur Roe’s love affair with art first began in 1997 and now boasts a collection of 850 works, many of which are displayed throughout his home and the managing director’s accounting firm, Arthur Roe & Associates.

To delve deeper into Home Ground and the stories behind the artworks and the man who collected them, individuals can join Bunjil Place Gallery Curator, Penny Teale for a free Curator Walk & Talk on Thursday 30 August & Friday 14 September at 12.30pm – 1pm. For an added glimpse into how the collection and the exhibition all came together there’s also the Home Ground: Talk & Tea sessions, with a 20-minute art talk followed by morning tea, each Thursday in October at 11am for $10.

Home Ground: The Collection of Arthur Roe
Bunjil Place Gallery
Saturday 11 August – Sunday 11 November (closed Mondays)
10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily

Home Ground: Curator Walk & Talk
Bunjil Place Gallery
Thursday 30 August & Friday 14 September
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm

Home Ground: Talk & Tea
Bunjil Place Gallery
Thursdays in October
11.00 am
$10 (includes coffee/tea & cake)

Too-roo-dun: An Aboriginal exploration of the Bunyip

Victoria’s south-eastern Aboriginal communities have come together to create Too-roo-dun – a unique exhibition celebrating the Bunyip. Too-roo-dun is the Boonwurrung word for Bunyip from the Wathawurrung language and the exhibition celebrates a reimagining of Bunyips and their habitats, for a contemporary interpretation of cultural stories around inner demons and monsters.

Sometimes quirky and playful, these creatures are made up of kelp, oaten hay, paper bark, alpaca wool, feathers, fibre, seeds, teeth, bones, as well as a combination of traditional and contemporary materials, such as chicken wire, plastic bones, linoleum tiles, and even a re-purposed outdoor umbrella stand.

Behind these stories are seven Aboriginal organisations including Winja Ulupna, Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, Bunjilwarra, Mullum Mullum Aboriginal Cooperative, Willum Warrain, Casey-Elders Yarn & Art Group and Baluk Arts.

To join in on the fun, budding artists are invited to create their own Mini Bunyip alongside artists from Baluk Arts at the Too-roo-dun Mini Bunyip Workshop on Sunday 5 August, 1 – 4pm for $35. The littlies and their grown-ups won’t miss out! After Library Storytime there’ll be Bunyip-themed craft activities at Storytime Craft: Boo! happening on Tuesday 7 August, 2.30pm – 3:30pm & Friday 10 August at 10.30am – 12pm.

Too-roo-dun Exhibition
Bunjil Place Studio
Saturday 4 to Thursday 16 August
10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily

Too-roo-dun Mini Bunyip Workshop
Bunjil Place Studio
Sunday 5 August
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Storytime Craft: Boo!
Bunjil Place Studio
Tuesday 7 August, 2.30 pm – 3:30 pm
Friday 10 August at 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Bunjil Place is south-east Melbourne’s newest arts, cultural, and entertainment precinct. Located adjacent to Westfield Fountain Gate, this newly created precinct is the first of its kind to combine creativity, entertainment, and community. Bunjil Place is a unique precinct featuring an innovative outdoor community plaza, 800-seat theatre, 200-seat studio, gallery, function space and library.