Connect to the country with WILAM BIIK – Wyndham Art Gallery

Wyndham Art Gallery hosts the big exhibition WILAM BIIK focused on artists from the First Nations homeland of South East Australia from 27 October to 18 December 2022.

Wilam Biik means “homeland” in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri. The exhibit invites visitors to understand how people see, hear and connect with First Nations country.

The exhibition features new work by contemporary artists including:

  • Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gundjitmara)
  • Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung)
  • Kent Morris (Barkindji)
  • Glenda Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta)
  • Steven Rhall (Taungung)
  • Nannette Shaw (Tyereelore, Trawoolway, Bunurong),
  • Kim Wandin (Wurundjeri)
  • Arika Waulu (Gunditjmara, Djapwurrung, Gunnai)
  • The Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri women’s dance group (Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Ngurai Illum Wurrung).

WILAM BIIK is curated by Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ms. Ngurai Illum Wurrung Stacie Piper Who says the exhibition is about exploring the true spirit of ourselves that can be found in the spirit of the land.

“Our Wilam Biik is the soil, the land, the water, the air, the sky and the animals that live in them. The only home we know that we honor for its sacred exchange. A home where custody and responsibilities have never wavered. May this place you call home become a deeper part of you.”

“Experiencing land through the First Nations lens offers a perspective that can inspire, impart insight and knowledge, and affirm and restore a fundamental connection to nature. This is critical to the well-being of people, nature and the planet.”

“My hope is that each person will be inspired, empowered in awe of the beauty of the land and with a personal sense of connection and responsibility,” said Ms. Piper.

TarraWarra Museum of Art Director Victoria Lynn says: “This is an exhibition of an innate and unbroken bond between the indigenous people and their homeland. We are delighted that this exhibition will be migrating to other communities in the Victoria region.”

WILAM BIIK is a TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition touring with NETS Victoria and curated by Stacie Piper.

The TarraWarra Museum of Art, NETS Victoria, the artists and curator of WILAM BIIK respectfully recognize and celebrate the enduring culture and caring of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on whose land this exhibition is presented, and all communities across Australia .