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The Team

Wurinbeena Ltd was formally established in 2014 with a local imperative to ensure Aboriginal culture in East Gippsland is visible and positively represented. Wurinbeena has a global aspiration to showcase Aboriginal arts and culture across Victoria, Australia and beyond.

 

With a unique, representative board and advisory group structure that stipulates a minumum of half its number to be from the local Aboriginal community and other members chosen to complement their skills and experience, Wurinbeena has ensured the organisation, its initial project Gunyah and any other projects it develops in the future, will remain in the control of the local Aboriginal community, harnessed to their aspirations for the future.

Wurinbeena Board of Directors

Paula Morgan, Company Chair

Catherine Larkins, Company Secretary, Gunyah Artist

Elaine Terrick, Bidawal Basket Weaver

Frances Harrison, Gunyah Artist

Aunty Lana Gordon, Elder

Alice-Ann Pepper, Local Aboriginal Networks Community Development Broker

Aunty Phyllis Andy, Elder

Wurinbeena Arts Advisory Board

Catherine Larkins, Gunyah Artist

Lennie Hayes, Gunyah Artist

Frances Harrison, Gunyah Artist

Mark Simnett, Focus Design

Paula Morgan

GUNAI

Paula is the Executive Officer of Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association. A registered nurse by trade, most of her nursing has been within Aboriginal health of which many years were spent in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She loves working with community and works hard to make improvements within the Health Services. Paula feels that art and culture also play a very important role in fostering community well being. She enjoys horse riding and being a Mum. Family means the world to her.

Catherine Larkins

Catherine Larkins is a Gippsland artist, arts lecturer and community cultural development activist. She has conceived and initiated many cross-cultural projects that have united communities and addressed reconciliation. These include Bute Utes 2002, Common Ground 2007, The Spirit Poles 2009, Camp-FIRE WATER-hole 2010, Illuminated by Fire 2011, Black Post White 2013 and Kangaroo Tales 2015. In 2008 Catherine was awarded Life Membership to Regional Arts Victoria for her outstanding service to rural communities. In 2009 she represented Australia at the Global Reconciliation Summit in Amman, Jordan and in 2012 at the UNESCO Artists Camp in Andorra.  Catherine is a lead artist with the Indigenous Cultural Expression Commission making Gunyah.

Elaine Terrick

WURUNDJERI BIDAWAL

Elaine Terrick is a South Eastern Australian basket weaver. Major commissions and collaborations include being the Australian Indigenous Weavers representative in Palau at the Cultural Gathering of Pacific Island Weavers 2004, Artist in Residence at the National Regional Arts Conference in Horsham 2004, lead artist at Common Ground Lakes Entrance 2007, an interior design commission at Charcoal Lane Aboriginal Restaurant in Fitzroy Melbourne, the Bute Ute in the permanent collection of Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum and Kangaroo Tales 2015 which will tour nationally inside Gunyah. Elaine received the Victorian Indigenous Art Award from Regional Arts Victoria in 2007.

Lennie Hayes

GUNAI BIDAWAL

Lennie Hayes is highly respected within the Lakes Entrance community for his leadership and work with disengaged Aboriginal youth. In 2007 he worked on Common Ground, a massive cross-cultural project that brought black and white communities together in a powerful show of reconciliation. Lennie collaborated on The Spirit Poles and Camp Fire-Water Hole in 2009, culminating in the first permanent, public GunaiKurnai art work in Lakes Entrance since colonization. Fire Place was exhibited in 2011 at Federation Square Melbourne and in 2012 he was awarded the Victorian Indigenous Art Award. He is currently a lead artist with the Indigenous Cultural Expressions Commission to make Gunyah.

Frances Harrison

GUNAI MONARO

Frances is a painter, print maker, wood burner and in all forms a naturally magnificent artist. Frances’ contribution as an artist in local schools and as a lead artist on numerous collaborative arts projects is outstanding. Common Ground 2007, Blind 2008, The Spirit Poles 2009, Camp Fire Water Hole 2011, Illuminated by Fire 2011 and Kangaroo Tales 2015 are all major cross-cultural achievements. Frances has exhibited widely and her work is in many public and private collections, including The Koori Heritage Trust. She is currently a lead artist with the Indigenous Cultural Expressions Commission to make Gunyah.

Aunty Phyllis Andy

MINAY (Western Australia) WOTJONBALUK

Aunty Phyllis has a long and impressive career with many outstanding achievements including marching for land rights for Lake Tyers in the 1970’s, in the 1990’s she was the first Koorie Liaison person appointed in the Victorian Tertiary Education system and in 2002 she helped set up the first Aboriginal Health Service in Lakes Entrance where she went on to work for many years. In 2007 Aunty Phyllis was recognized on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for her exceptional work as an Indigenous Community Leader. In 2009 she became the first female ordained Aboriginal Priest in Gippsland.

Simon Gregg

Simon Gregg is the Director of the Gippsland Art Gallery, having spent nine years previously as its Curator. He has worked at public galleries and museums across Melbourne and Gippsland, and has curated more than 200 exhibitions spanning art, popular culture, and social and architectural history. His most recent book, 'Spirits in the Bush: The Art of Gippsland' will be published in 2019 through Australian Scholarly Publishing.
 

Aunty Lana Gordon

GUNAI

Aunty Lana Gordon was born in Orbost and grew up on the Snowy River and in Metung. Her father and mother Dick and Mary Harrison lived and worked across the East Gippsland region eventually settling in Lakes Entrance at Harrisons Track (named after them). Aunty Lana’s father helped to establish the first Community Health Services for the town. Following in her parent’s footsteps Aunty Lana has given over twenty five years service to the Health Services and the Arts. Her long career as an artist has been focused on mentoring younger generations and providing opportunities for future generations.

James Mulcahy

James Mulcahy's career began in journalism and then as a media advisor in politics and conservation. He has had a variety of careers and jobs including working as a shearing team roustabout, builders labourer, yoga teacher, Primary school teacher, East Gippsland school principal and worker for young people at risk. He is the recent author of the book Ebb and Flow, a social history of the Toorloo Arm Primary School community.

Alice-Ann Pepper

Alice lives in Lakes Entrance with family and cultural connections to the Gunnai, Yorta Yorta/Mutti Mutti, Gunditjmarra and Arrunte peoples. A Proud Koorie woman, mum, wife and active community member across Gippsland with knowledge and experience working in Health, Education, Employment and Training, Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Lateral Violence. Currently the Aboriginal Community Development Broker for East Gippsland Local Aboriginal Networks working towards strengthening her community and creating opportunities, especially engaging young Koorie people in all areas including the arts. Passionate about the arts and cultural expression through local stories, songs, language and cultural dance that connects her to country. Alice likes experimenting with different mediums and practicing the skills and knowledge that has been passed on by her elders and cultural specialists.

Mark Simnett

FOCUS DESIGN SERVICES

Focus Design Services Pty. Ltd. is an East Gippsland Based Design firm, delivering bespoke Architectural solutions. We are a client based design firm that listen, learn and deliver our client’s with projects that are individually customised to suit their every need. We approach each design challenge from a fresh standpoint, looking to find the distinctive thread linking the client, building form, function and site with each commission undertaken. Focus Design was commissioned by Wurinbeena Ltd to collaborate with the Gunyah artists on the Victorian Governments Indigenous Cultural Expression Commission to design and build Gunyah movable art space.

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