Painting Billy Buttons and Banksias
with Deanne Gilson

Painting Billy Buttons and Banksias
with Deanne Gilson

Event status:
coming soon
Program type:
School Holiday Workshop for First Nations Kids
Saturday, 25 June 2022
150 minutes

Level 3, Yarra Building, Fed Square, Naarm (Melbourne)


Free for First Nations kids

Book now:
Painting Billy Buttons and Banksias<br> with Deanne Gilson

Start the school holidays with a painting workshop especially for First Nations kids led by artist Deanne Gilson.  Deanne will take the kids on a guided tour of her exhibition “Still Sacred and Golden” in preparation for a creative workshop centred around painting billy button and banksia flowers.  Deanne will also show kids how to incorporate traditional patterns and symbols into their artworks.

Children will take home a small canvas they have painted.
The workshop is free, but bookings are required.
All materials will be provided, plus light refreshments.

Ages 6-16

This workshop is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children only.

Deanne Gilson is a Proud Wadawurrung woman from Ballarat in Victoria. Her art practice is made up of many different mediums including painting, clay, fabric design, photography, drawing and recently being included in to the Blak Jewellery Design Program at the Koorie Heritage Trust, 2022.

Her art practice draws on ochre sourced from her Wadawurrung Country, history, story-telling, traditional marks, new contemporary marks and the lived experiences of her family and ancestors.

Gilson loves painting the many plants of the Australian bush and Country, along with objects that surround her home, like pots, baskets made by friends and family and cultural artefacts.

We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family.

ARTWORK IMAGE: Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), 'Before Joseph Banks, Our Baskets and Plants Held Sacred Knowledge, Billy Buttons and Silver Banksia Dilly Bag', 2022, charcoal, acrylic and 18ct gold leaf on linen, 400 x 300 mm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Christian Capurro.