Visual Art Festival

We are acknowledging the Wurundjeri People and presenting our understandings of traditional owners of our local area through a Visual Arts Festival in Term 4.

We are inspired by "Wilam," a beautiful indigenous story about the creation of the Yarra River, known as Birrurung, or the ‘river of mists and shadows’. 

The students are creating the animals that live in and around the Birrurung, looking at how habitats suit the animals’ needs. They will see how the delicate relationship between the land and the people is one so worth valuing and preserving…

The story reflects our heritage, welcomes the present and looks to the future through regeneration and sustainability.

We will celebrate the opening of the Visual Arts Festival with a smoking ceremony and the arrival of Bunjil, the wedge-tail eagle and Waa, the raven and protector of the waterways.

The whole school community is invited to witness our spectacular display at 9:15am on Wednesday 23rd October with Chris Hume performing a smoking ceremony. Bunjil will also make a grand appearance!  A delicious morning tea will be provided along with street performances from the students. Parents will be able to view our Birrurung, and look at all the amazing artworks created by our students.

The collaborative canvases that the students have been working on, and which are to be auctioned, will be on display as well… just to tempt you!


The art auction and celebration night will be held on Saturday 26 October, 7.15pm  - 11pm in the Library. 
The night will start with an opening smoking ceremony, followed by drinks and nibbles, and the auction of class artworks. 

This is an event for GIPS parents and community, and attendees must be over 18.  
Tickets are available through Trybooking from Monday 7 October: 

Many thanks to all the parents who have assisted in the Art room during class time, and for the endless sewing tasks done at home.

Michele Freeland-Small

Don’t forget to save these dates:

 Wednesday 23rd October 9:15 Gallery opening
 Saturday 26th October 26th 7:15 Auction and celebration