VIEN - Visual Arts

Indigenous Curriculum Co-development 

Visual Arts


 Registration is closed for this event


March 20, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Brunton Avenue


Full Registration
$350  (inc GST)

Cost includes program materials, morning tea, and lunch.



As parking in the area is mainly 1 and 2 hour, we recommend that participants use public transport. CSE is a 5 minute walk from trams and trains.



The CSE/VIEN Indigenous Curriculum Co-development Project comprises a series of Professional Learning/Workshop events, providing key teachers in schools the opportunity to both learn from an Indigenous expert in a particular field and then workshop collaboratively, with the expert and other teachers, to produce units of work to use in their own schools and classrooms.


In 2019, the Curriculum Co-development Project will focus initially on the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Mathematics.


Each event combines the opportunity for teachers to build their understanding of First Australian knowledges, histories and perspectives, with practical, hands-on workshops. This work builds on the Federal Government’s Curricula Project, and supports schools to develop a relevant and sophisticated body of resources for use in their own context.


The Curriculum Co-development Project will assist teachers to implement the required Indigenous education elements in the Australian Curriculum. It will equip them to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Cross-Curriculum Priority. Guided by First Australian experts in their respective fields, teachers can be confident that materials produced are both culturally respectful and pedagogically aligned to the wider learning priorities of their school.




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use all arts as a form of communication, as a teaching tool in everyday life and as a significant element of ceremonial practices, both past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop art for a variety of purposes: some express traditional knowledges and relationships, while others express a diverse range of purposes and positions associated with society, politics, historical events, beliefs, relationships and personal reflections. Therefore, Aboriginal art cannot be narrowly defined; rather it encompasses a variety of arts forms and practices.


It is so highly appropriate in building understanding of all students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture that we begin our series with the Visual Arts.


Marrnyula Munungurr, from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, began working for the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre the 1980’s. Both her mother Noŋgirrŋa and her father Djutjadjutja (dec. c.1935-1999) were constantly producing art with the help of their sons and daughters. She grew to assist her father (winner of the 1997 Best Bark painting prize National Aboriginal and Islander Art Award) with his sacred Djapu paintings as well as developing her own style of narrative paintings. All this whilst providing support and leadership for her large family and being ‘mother’ to her brother’s three children. In 2007 Marrnyula exhibited works at Annandale Gallery with her Mother Nonggirrnga Mararwili where they painted the Djapu clan design. In 2009 she was featured in a major survey of contemporary art 'Making it New' at the MCA in Sydney. n 2013 she exhibited at Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth and at Marshall Arts, Adelaide in 2014. In early 2015 her groundbreaking installation of 252 barks at Gertrude Street Contemporary brought significant notice.


Kade Mcdonald is the Executive Director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation and was the Coordinator for Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre for 6 years. He has been engaged as a cultural consultant through ANKA (Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists) for several years implementing cultural maintenance and repatriation projects and has also been appointed as the Australian Project manager and co-curator for the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia USA, for their major touring exhibition of Arnhem Land bark paintings, Madayin scheduled for 2020.


This  workshop is a collaboration between CSE and VIEN



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