Mullinmur Billabong Linocut Project

Group Exhibition Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre
Open Daily 9.30pm-4.30pm Murphy St Wangaratta

Mullinmur Billabong Linocut Project

The exhibition brings together the work of 13 individuals,
all inspired by the Mullinmur Billabong, all pursuing the
vision of a collaborative ‘Billabong’. Each artist has
contributed multiple works to the collaboration, the first of
these linocut prints were created at the Billabong. Made
with the intention of being able to print each block
individually and also as part of a collective horizon, further
blocks were carved at home and brought together at a
second workshop held at Bill Young Studio.
The Billabong, comprising of approximately 20 hectares
of floodplain riparian woodland on the Ovens River and
located 2.5 kilometres north of the Wangaratta City
Centre, is owned by the Catholic Church and managed by
volunteers from Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability
Inc and other partner organisations. Although there are
not any significant indigenous cultural sites on the
property, Bpangerang use of the area would have been
extensive. The Bpangerang were, and always will be the
original custodians of the land.
A local creative conduit, the Mullinmur (meaning platypus
in Bpangerang language) Billabong is an incredibly
inspiring space; the filtering light through the redgum
forest, the wind-blown patterns on the Billabong surface,
smaller micro scenes of leaf shapes, bark and trunk
configuration, prolific native birds, fleeting glimpses of
snakes, swamp wallabies, barking owls, possums and
sugar gliders, all generate ideas for artistic expression.

From April 29th to May 2nd 2021 the Goulburn and North
East Arts Alliance Inc. (GANEAA) ran their biennial Across
the Arts Forum. As a part of this forum, local artist Anita
Laurence began the Mullinmur Billabong Linocut Project.
The Mullinmur Linocut Project was supported by Regional
Arts Victoria and jointly funded by the Victorian
Government and Commonwealth Government under the
Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding

Artists: Kylie Ahne, Robyn Barrow, Jo Briscomb, Julie Carolane, Jenny Dickinson, Dianne Glenister, Anna Grogan, Felicite Grogan, Jane Kaye, Keyna Masin, Mary-Ann Sargen,t Bill Young & Anita Laurence

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