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Wilam Biik—
A TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition touring with NETS Victoria, curated by Stacie Piper. 

Paola Balla 'Murrup (Ghost) Weaving in Rosie Kuka Lar  (Grandmother’s Camp)' 2021 with Rosie Tang 'Untitled Wallpaper' 2021. Installation shot (detail), Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
Photograph: Andrew Curtis

Artists: Paola Balla Kim Wandin Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Woman’s Dance Group Arika Waulu Nannette Shaw Steven Rhall Glenda Nicholls Kent Morris Deanne GilsonLewis Wandin-BursillRhiannon Williams

In the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, Wilam Biik means Home Country. 

How do we see Country?  How do we listen to Country? How do we connect to Country? 

You are called to listen deeply with your ears, eyes and hearts– to understand how First People connect with Wilam Biik. 

Wilam Biik is the Soil, the Land, the Water, the Air, the Sky and the Animals that reside within. It is the only home we know, and we honour it for its sacred exchange. A home where Custodial rights and responsibilities never left. 

An exhibition of cultural consciousness and knowledge, of an unsevered connection between First Peoples of Southeast Australia and their Country, over thousands of generations. 

“Our hope is that you walk away in awe of the beauty of Country, and empowered with a personal sense of connection and responsibility to care for it as we always have.” Stacie Piper, Curator. 

WILAM BIIK features new work from contemporary artists Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gundjitmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Kent Morris (Barkindji), Glenda Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta), Steven Rhall (Taungurung), Nannette Shaw (Tyereelore, Trawoolway, Bunurong), Kim Wandin (Wurundjeri), Lewis Wandin-Bursill (Wurundjeri/Woi-wurrung) Arika Waulu (Gunditjmara, Djapwurrung, Gunnai) and the Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Women’s Dance Group (Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Ngurai Illum-Wurrung).  

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

This project has been assisted by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.