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3 July, 2018 - 14 July, 2018

HICSA Bunyip

3 – 14 July 2018

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
admission: Free

an immersive and imagined exhibition celebrating the Bunyip.

HICSA Bunyip
HICSA Bunyip

HICSA Bunyip

Baluk Arts Kelp Bunyip

Baluk Arts Kelp Bunyip

HICSA Bunyip Baluk Arts Kelp Bunyip

Too-roo-dun is a Boonwurrung word for Bunyip, and Bunyip is a word from the Wathawurrung language.

TOO-ROO-DUN has brought together Victorian Aboriginal communities to create an immersive and imagined exhibition celebrating the Bunyip.  This has resulted in a re-imagining of the bunyips’ place of residence and offers a contemporary interpretation of cultural stories surrounding inner demons and monsters. The participants’ cultural connections through storytelling has reinvigorated Victorian Indigenous language place names and words.

The TOO-ROO-DUN project has fostered a strong sense of cultural identity, connection and wellbeing for all involved through a collaborative community approach in various Indigenous communities in south east Melbourne. TOO-ROO-DUN has supported the transmission and development of Indigenous language, knowledge and stories about bunyips and place, encouraging connection to country, culture and each other. This project has also supported participation and contributions by all Indigenous community members regardless of their arts experience or skills.

The materials used in the making of the bunyips are varied and include 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 repurposed outdoor umbrella stand.


Work with two Aboriginal Artists to make your own little Bunyip out of hay and wool inspired by the Too-roo-dun exhibition.

Suitable for ages 6+

Date:     Thursday 12 July 2018
Time:    10am – 12pm
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:     $35 cash only on the day


Email [email protected] or call 9662 9966.

Please note the venue is down two flights of stairs.


Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning a group of people. Baluk Arts is a non-profit Victorian Aboriginal arts organisation established in 2009 and based in Mornington.  Indigenous owned and governed, the organisation represents Aboriginal artists from Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula, and greater Melbourne. Baluk artists belong to diverse Aboriginal language groups from all over Australia and their art reflect themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context.

Rebecca Robinson
Neil Brew
Tallara Gray
Karen Chaur
Lynette Pitt
Robert Kelly
Siohan Stephan
Lisa Waup
Beverley Meldrum
Dominic Bramall-White
Kylie Clarke
Jadah Pleiter
Tallara Gray
Lisa Waup
Rebecca Robinson


Winja Ulupna is the Yorta Yorta word for “Women’s Haven”.  The organisation is a 24 hour Residential Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre for Koori women in need.  Winja Ulupna offers clients a safe and relaxed home-like atmosphere for their recovery. Clients are required to participate in a range of culturally relevant self-help and self-development programs and activities each day.The length of stay varies for each client; however,clients are encouraged to stay a minimum of 3 months to allow them time to develop skills and strategies to support a healthy and meaningful life.

Suzanne McGee
Dusty Moore
Tamara Rose
Angela Dunrobin
Jemmes Clarke
Lizzie Bamblett
Jacinta Austin
Sonia Harrison
Carley Rose
Nicole Warren
Breanna Elston
Joanne Kennedy
Sharnee Smith
Carole Bence
Lisa Knott
Roslyn Hines
Erika Kerr
Belinda Atkinson
Ashleigh Atkinson
Mariah Andrews
Madison Morgan
Taylor Morgan
Bea Edwards (Manager)


Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) is a community controlled Aboriginal Neighbourhood House based in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. MMIGP is a community that is committed to promoting and strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity and provides a range of programs and activities to support its clients.  These include Lengthening life; Strengthening Children; Young people and Families; Cultural Integrity; and Safety.  The organisation strives to support and implement innovative community-based approaches and solutions; collaborative planning and decision-making based on community-driven priorities; and stronger partnerships between Aboriginal and mainstream services including government.

Aunty Daphne Milward
Aunty Irene Norman
Uncle Vincent Peters
Cora Green
Michael Nichols
Amanda (Gypsy) Wright
Tori Cassidy


Willum Warrain translates as ‘home by the sea’.  The organisation is an Aboriginal Association and is the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Mornington Peninsula. The core strategic focus of Willum Warrain is cultural strengthening.  It is a gathering place where Aboriginal people come together to realize community aspirations and forge shared identity. Managed by an Aboriginal Board, Willum Warrain is located in the coastal town of Hastings and provides information and referral services; charitable support; health and wellbeing programs; art and culture programs; and provides links between the Aboriginal community and the broader local community.

Amanda Meric
Debbie Clifford
Jeanette Kaindel
Bryony Delaney
Nola White
Ani White
Nia White
Shirley Slann
Logan Ross
Janya Ross
Ken Beaumont
Tim Habel
Neil Brew
Steve Thornbury
Trent Kennedy
Peter Aldenhoven
Steve Delaney
Tyrone Bloomfield
Shaydon Ritchie
Noel Craven
Wenzel Carter


Bunjilwarra is a 12 bed Alcohol and Other Drugs residential rehabilitation and healing service for Aboriginal young people (male and female) aged between 16 and 25 years.  It is a purpose-built, state wide service situated on a 1.7 hectare site in Hastings, Victoria. The Bunjilwarra service model is firmly placed in the context of an Aboriginal defined notion of healing and in a cultural framework.   The organisation is supported by trauma-informed practice; adolescent developmental frameworks; and therapeutic community and recovery frameworks.

Jericho Charles
Reggie Nodun
Crystal Gay
Tianna Austin
Tre O’Brien
Riley Briggs
Zak Christie
Nicole Sawyer


The Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) was established in December 2009 as a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville.  The organisation provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services, and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community.  The Association and its members are committed to working collaboratively and harmoniously to achieve their vision.  It primarily works towards the general betterment of Aboriginal people and specifically, for the advancement of Aboriginal people in Healesville and the Yarra Ranges.

Joyce Smith
Leanne Henderson
Cheryl Newsome
Brooke Wandin
Del Knight
Jean Cuthbertson
Kim Oakes (Art Teacher)


Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place in Doveton is a community driven council facility, developed with assistance from the Local Aboriginal Network and Casey City Council. The Gathering Place is a hub for people to come together and relax, share conversation, and engage in several programs and services developed with and for the Aboriginal community. Various activities operate from the Gathering Place through partnership and support of local Aboriginal organisations such as the Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative. Casey Elders Group gather weekly to participate in an art program in which all participants are enthusiastic, creative and dedicated. It is a wonderful place for all Elders to come together and to gather inspiration from each other.


Aunty Fay Carter
Doug Smith
Norma Maynard
Lucille Boothey
Helen Witzand
Heather Kennedy
Bev Jennings
Vicki Church
Greg Matthews
Pauline Love
Solomon Havea
Coral Oliver
Rhonda Smith
Dorothy Locke
Robert Locke
Anne Matthews
Keith Begley


3 July, 2018
14 July, 2018
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
03 9662 9966
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Curated by Lisa Waup and Baluk Arts
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