What does 'Country' mean to you?
The first iteration of Country and Belonging was created in partnership with California Gully Primary School in Bendigo.
Led by Yorta Yorta artist Annie Brigdale, Country and Belonging was a multi-artform school residency that explored the children’s relationship to country. The children workshopped ideas of belonging in relation to the spaces, people and regular activities in their lives. The children worked in traditional art forms such as storytelling, painting, weaving and ceramics, as well as with new technologies including augmented reality, 3D scanning, film, audio and drone photography. Through the project each child created their own personal acknowledgment of country, describing what the country they live on means to them.
The Country and Belonging residency ended with a wonderful community celebration of the work the children and Arena’s artists created together.
If you would like to commission Country and Belonging for your school, please contact us.
Country and Belonging artists included Annie Brigdale, Christian Leavesley, Tahli Corin and Hermione Merry. Technical support was provided by James Bodin.
This project was funded through the Australia Council for the Arts.