Bundanon: Language and Nature
Join us for an intimate conversation and workshop with jewellers and artists Vicki Mason and Alice Whish, and First Nations artist and bushtukka woman Cassie Leatham to discuss the significance and valuing of botanical knowledge and their respective work in this area.
This event includes a tasting menu of traditional bush foods, and will also provide the opportunity to learn about uses and knowledge of native plants that have been used for thousands of years.
About the Artists
Cassie Leatham is from the Taungurung / Wurundjeri people from the Kulin Nation. She is an Indigenous artist, master weaver, traditional dancer, bushtukka woman and educator.
She is extremely passionate about teaching her skills to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students of all ages. Her aim is to give participants the opportunity to learn and understand Aboriginal culture and develop knowledge of both historical and contemporary Aboriginal history.
Collected by major institutions such as the Powerhouse NSW, the Art Gallery of NSW, shown in important exhibitions such as Melbourne Now at the NGV in 2014 and a host of other prestigious institutions, Vicki Mason’s practice is one of narrative driven imagery and generous contribution, via her position as a teacher.
Diverse material choices, incorporating plastics and synthetic materials hand in hand with refined gold smithing techniques, arise in part from Vicki’s pursuit of bright colours to feature in her work, but is also linked to her desire to challenge notions of preciousness and her conviction that jewellery can be a portable tool for communication.
Alice Whish is an established contemporary jeweller whose work is held in public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, South Australian Museum and Art Gallery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum and the Racine Art Museum USA. Alice is referenced in the publication "Place and Adornment - The Jewel in the Antipodes Crown" by Kevin Murray.
Alice holds a Bachelor of Visual Art Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University and Masters of Fine Art from RMIT in Gold and Silversmithing. Her Master's research explored the use of symbols in the gold jewellery works from the gold rush to Federation and included gold rush flora brooches.