Story Tree… Bundjil Creation

BALOOGA Entertainment

  • Thursday 22 August
    Friday 23 August
    Saturday 24 August
  • 15 minute duration
    Thursday/Friday: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:30pm, 11pm, 11:30pm
    Saturday: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:30pm, 11pm, 11:30pm, 12:30am, 1am, 1:30am
    *Performance times may be subject to change
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Carlton Gardens
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  • Art and Performance

Connect with the wisdom of the trees with this mischievous installation. Sit a while under the illuminated canopy of one of Carlton Gardens’ beautiful old trees as it tells the Bundjil creation story of the Kulin Nation. We are introduced to the six mystical beings that helped Bundjil the Eagle Hawk to form the land, waterways, plants, animals and humans. This installation is sure to bring understanding and delight to audiences of all ages.

Design and story consultant: Deanne Gilson
Voice-over artist: Marlene Gilson
Story consultant, song and voice-over artist: Barry James Gilson

Deanne Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawurrung) woman and an award-winning artist. Her artwork has always had a strong connection to trees and their place in her culture and storytelling. Deanne is a teacher and is currently completing her doctorate in reclaiming Aboriginal Women’s Business. She has guided and informed both the design and the story for this installation.

Marlene Gilson was born in Warrnambool and now lives on her country near Ballarat. She started painting thirteen years ago while recovering from an illness. Her first exhibition was in the 2012 at the art gallery of Ballarat. She uses a naive style to paint her country, birds and totems and to tell her stories. Marlene exhibited at NSW art gallery in 2018 for the Sydney biennale. Her work is in many collections in Australia and overseas with three paintings in the San Francisco art museum. Marlene is an award winning artist.

Barry James Gilson is a Wathaurung/Wadawurrung man. A singer, poet,writer, narrator and storyteller. Barry specialises in bringing back the ancient words and language of his people the Wathaurung. On this piece he is the voice of the tree and sings in language. He has recently worked on Soveriegn Hill’s new sound and light show “AURA”, storytelling, narrating and singing. Working strongly towards reinstating a lost culture that has survived genocide and colonisation.