Connecting to Country is a community engagement project, aimed to strengthen connection to place for some of the most disadvantaged members of our community. Queens Lodge SRS Studio was established in 2013 to promote access to a range of industry level artistic opportunities for people living in SRS’. This exciting project aims to strengthen connections and partnerships between the arts, disability and environmental sectors, and in doing so, improve well-being and community capacity within the City of Whittlesea.
Connecting to Country is an artistic exploration of local Indigenous culture and environment through experiences and connections made with local Indigenous and environmental experts, including Wurrundjeri Elder, Ian Hunter, Darebin Creek Management Committee and Darebin Parklands’ Artist in Residence, Katie Roberts.
At the City of Whittlesea Community Festival, on March 15th 2015, we will employ Nebula, Arts Access Victoria’s fully accessible mobile art space, to launch the “Connecting to Country” publication of artworks that respond to local Indigenous flora, fauna, history and culture. We will also showcase an exhibition of original artworks in. Darebin Parklands Artist in Residence, Katie Roberts and Wurrundjeri Elder, Ian Hunter has also contributed to this project.
Connecting to Country is generously supported by the City of Whittlesea Council’s Community Development Grant 2014-5.