Artist Floor Talks & Bushwalk

Sunday 24 September 2017 | 10am – 3pm
Cost – $25. Con – $20 (children FREE)
light lunch provided

Art + Ecology
Art, Science and Cultural landscapes coming together to celebrate the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)


Artists Floor Talk + Ecologist Presentation  – Penny Algar, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Damien Wright joined by Ian Davidson


Join us for this very special day where Art + Ecology meet. Beginning in Gallery 1 with RED GUM artists sharing informal discussions about their artwork and hearing first hand about their inspiration and processes behind the works featured in the exhibition. Ecologist Ian Davidson will then present on the River Red Gum with an overview of the species and it’s ecology within the Australian landscape.

The day will move outside to the Ovens River at the Bullawah Cultural Trail Mungam Rock where the Artists lunch will be shared and participants can exchange first hand with the artists. A species appreciation walk with feature artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey joined by Ecologist Ian Davidson, will complete the day where cultural and environmental conversations will be shared.



Penny Algar

Penny Algar is a Melbourne and Euroa based artist. Penny’s career in the the arts has given her the opportunity to be engaged with projects both as an individual artist, project worker, project manager and as a curator. Penny is also a passionate about Australian plants both as a gardener and horticulturalist and on most occasions would preference reading a plant book over an art book! Penny’s belief is that artists working collaboratively with communities can make powerful and positive contributions to society especially right now as we seek to reposition ourselves in nature and realign priorities in what Penny refers to as ‘ the age of the Anthropecene.’





Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Waradgerie artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey was born in Swan Hill, Victoria. Inspired by the Mallee and Riverina bush environments of north-western Victoria where she grew up, her innovative objects and installations relate to the history and culture of the Waradgerie and her personal connection to the land. Using found materials, both industrial and organic, such as corrugated iron, fencing wire, feathers and shells, Connelly-Northey uses her knowledge of Aboriginal coil weaving to transform recycled materials into traditional forms such as kooliman and dilly bags. Since 1991 she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Twined Together: Kunmadj Njalehnjaleken, at the Melbourne Museum, and Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia at Object Gallery, Sydney, 2005.

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Lorraine Connelly- Northey continues to exhibit her work in many major institutions across Australia, her work has been collected in both private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.


Damien Wright

Damien Wright is an award-winning furniture designer and craftsman.  He works almost exclusively with Australian timbers, in particular, indigenous hardwood species that are not traditionally used to make furniture.  Damien sources his timber directly from farmers and millers in western Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. He is acclaimed for his unique ‘whole tree’ approach to furniture design and construction.  Damien employs rare joinery techniques such as blind-mitred dovetails and thick veneering.  He finishes with organic tung oil to preserve the natural beauty and durability of the timber.

Damien has had many successful commissions across both the private and public sector  including the Federal Court of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Immigration Museum, Federation Square Management offices, the County Koori Court of Victoria and the Archdiocese of Broken Bay (Sydney).



Ian Davidson

Ian’s work history includes working as ecologist for state government in North East Victoria for over fourteen years, followed by six years working in southern NSW for Greening Australia. Since early 2002 Ian has run Regeneration Solutions P/L as an independent wildlife biologist. He has experience working mainly in northern Victoria and southern NSW. Ian’s work has been practical field work with land managers, assisting them to resolve nature conservation issues.

Ian’s personal interests are in nature conservation in rural lands. He enjoys bird watching, immersing himself in the bush and helping land managers and the public to better understand the natural assets they manage. Ian is also a member of the Australasian Ecological Management and Restoration editorial board, specialising in restoration ecology and wildlife management. Ian is an active board member of the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group and is involved in community groups like Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group and the Ovens Landcare Network.




Booking is essential so please call the gallery on 03 5722 0865  or book now!

Please advise when booking of any special dietary requirements.


image: Penny ALGAR, , Lino block plates for leaf print – Living with Red Gum , (detail) , 2017. Image, Fred Kroh.