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Spirit of the Animals

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LeonardTregonning (Gunai_Kurnai), ‘CD (Camp Dog)

Spirit of the Animals

27 Jul 2024 – 24 Nov 2024

Spirit of the Animals draws on the Koorie Heritage Trust’s extensive collection of artworks and cultural belongings to highlight the significance of animals in the cultural life of Victorian First Peoples, establishing connection to Place and Country, and strengthening clan and cultural identity. Mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, vertebrates, invertebrates, insects, and more, are depicted in the exhibition through paintings, animation, drawings, sculpture, tools and adornment.

The exhibition features over fifty artworks and cultural belongings by: Albert & Richard Mullett (Gunai/Gunai, Monero Ngarigo); Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri); Glenda Nicholls (Waddi Waddi, Yorta Yorta, Ngarrindjeri); Lin Onus (Yorta Yorta); Peter and Alex Mongta (Monero); Len Tregonning (Gunai/Kurnai); Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo); Trevor Brown (Latji Latji), Tommy McRae (Kwatkwat); Vera Cooper (Yorta Yorta); Aunty Zeta Thomson (Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri), and more.

Image: Leonard Tregonning (Gunai/Kurnai)
CD (Camp Dog), 2015
Plaster, wire, synthetic polymer paint
Collection of Koorie Heritage Trust, donated 2024
Photo: Christian Capurro

Gallery Details

Koorie Heritage Trust 
Levels 1 & 3
Yarra Building
Federation Square

Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 8662 6300
E: info@koorieheritagetrust.com.au
W: koorieheritagetrust.com.au

Opening Hours
10am to 5pm
7 days a week
Closed all Victorian and National Public Holidays
Entry is Free

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.