A Lakes Entrance-based group of artists were thrilled to be awarded a $200,000 commission to create Arts Victoria's Indigenous Cultural Expressions Public Art commission - now known as Gunyah.
Gunyah - meaning 'shelter' - is a relocatable arts venue that will provide a welcoming space for Aboriginal dance, music, theatre and visual arts across Victoria and beyond. The structure will be an artwork in itself - with cutting edge art & technology bang-up against traditional skills and materials.
After a statewide call for submissions in 2011, Gunyah was chosen as the standout project to 'celebrate the strength, richness and diversity of Indigenous culture and people in Victoria.' Conceived and designed by Aboriginal artists Lennie Hayes and Frances Harrison in collaboration with sculptor and visual designer Catherine Larkins and Mark Simnett, of Focus Design.
L-R Lennie Hayes, Andrea Lane, Catherine Larkins & Frances Harrison with preliminary drawings for the Gunyah roof design.
Gunyah will be a showcase of East Gippsland's unique Aboriginal art and culture. Gunyah will travel around Victoria in its first year of operation, as a highlight of at least four major Festivals. After that it will travel nationally and internationally showing off the talents of our fabulous - and very excited - local artists.