Sharing some snaps from VACL's trip to Warrnambool & Heywood this week. VACL is working with Warrnambool Primary School and Heywood & District Secondary College to create some exciting new digital story books.  Last week VACL members Paul Paton, Joel Wright and Emma Hutchinson, together with Victoria University student Ben Townsend, headed up to…
Our very own Mandy Nicholson has created new signs for the Wurundjeri Stories Indigenous Signage Trail at Warrandyte State Park. Nicholson helped revitalise the outdated 'past tense' signage, to show that Wurundjeri is still a living, relevant culture and language.  "Woi wurrung [Wurundjeri language] is used throughout all the signs to raise awareness…
This July, VACL's own Bruce Pascoe and Mandy Nicholson shared fascinating knowledge at the NGV "Points of Knowledge" event. The event was held in reponse to Emily Kam Kngawarray's monumental artwork "Anwerlarr anganenty: Big Yam Dreaming". Pascoe and Nicholson presented alongside senior NGV curator Judith Ryan, celebrity food critic Matt Preston,…
Annie's Story: fragments of agency and resistance   On September 16th, Dr Marguerita Stephens, the 2013 Redmond Barry Fellow, gave a free lecture at Melbourne University about her research on Assistant Aboriginal Protector William Thomas, and his important journal. Dr Stephens' research led to a collaboration with VACL staff, culminating in…
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:50

The exciting tale of the WANALA conference

Earlier in September our very own Executive Officer Paul Paton, Project Officer Mandy Nicholson and Board Member Brendan Kennedy had the privilege of attending the WANALA (Western Australia and Northern Aboriginal Language Alliance) Biennial Conference. The three day conference held in Broome connected linguists, language specialists and language centres from…
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:54

Congratulations Melissa Lucashenko

Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2014   Last Wednesday night, September 3rd, the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing was announced at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Among those shortlisted in the final six was our very own VACL Board Member Bruce Pascoe for…
Call for Expressions of Interest Artists-in-Residence and Volunteers Shearwater Festival 2014   The Shearwater Festival Working Group is calling for Expressions of Interest to participate in the Shearwater Festival 2014 as Artist/s-in-Residence and Volunteers. The Shearwater Festival has a strong Indigenous and environmental focus and will be held on Phillip…
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:45

First People's award for Bunjilaka

  The First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum won global recognition by taking out top honours in the American Alliance of Museums' Excellence in Exhibition Competition. ‘First Peoples’ is the largest exhibition to focus on Aboriginal Victoria, telling the story of over 40 Aboriginal language groups. “What makes this exhibition stand out…
Last month saw the first in a series of Regional Language Forums. VACL staff headed to Swan Hill for a day of presentations and discussion about language activity happening throughout Victorian communities and schools, training workshop opportunities and issues around language revitalisation. Look out for an upcoming forum in your area…
Vicki Couzen’s, VACL Board Member, lauched her first solo exhibition ‘Marooka – to take care of'’ at Maroondah Art Gallery in July. The exhibition showcased artwork, language, song, dance and ceremony “taking the audience on a journey into Gunditjmara Country” – (quoted from the Maroondah art gallery program). As part…
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