William Buckley Meets the Landing Party, 2016

William Buckley Meets the Landing Party, 2016

Marlene Gilson - Ballarat

Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder living on country in Gordon, near Ballarat. A visual artist who discovered painting later in life, Aunty Marlene’s paintings explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields. Her work is marked by a naive style which references her Indigenous and European ancestry. She is a descendent of King Billy, an Indigenous tribal leader of the Ballarat region at the time of the Eureka Stockade and his wife Queen Mary.  Aunty Marlene positions Koorie stories within the context of these pre and post colonial times which are often absent in the understanding of Australian history.

In 2014, Aunty Marlene received the Koorie Heritage Trust Reconciliation Award.  Her work has been shown at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, ACCA, MADE and The Koorie Heritage Trust. 

 Proudly supported by the City of Ballarat

Proudly supported by the City of Ballarat