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Aunty Marlene Gilson (Wathaurung) (Wadawurrung)

Aunty Marlene Gilson is a self-taught artist, who discovered painting later in life. Gilson’s work explores the links to her ancestors by depicting historical events, Aboriginal Myths and Dreamtime stories.  Her work concentrates on her ancestral land which includes Ballarat, Werribee, Geelong, Skipton and the Otway Ranges. In 2014 Aunty Marlene received the Koorie Heritage Trust Reconciliation Award and was a shortlisted finalist in The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Gilson has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE), Ballarat, Eureka Stockade, September – November 2015. Recent exhibitions include; Contain Art, MADE, Ballarat, 2014; Past Present & Future, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, 2014; The Ballarat Four, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, 2013; Mother & Daughter (Ngardang bap Yarrang), Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2012. Aunty Marlene Gilson’s work is held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas including the Australian Catholic University Art Collection and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.