Kids, join Gunnai artist Ronald Edwards Pepper together with educators from Healesville Sanctuary in a creative exploration of The Emu in the Sky. In this free workshop, learn about the well-known First Peoples’ astronomical constellation that’s outlined by dark areas of the night sky, the significance of the emu as an animal and creator spirit in Indigenous stories.
You’ll get to know lots of emu and animal facts and stories, before creating your own night-sky artwork with guidance and inspiration from Ronald, using some of Ronald’s favourite techniques and colours.
Ronald will also introduce you to Night Sky App which he uses to observe the stars, in particularly the Emu in the Sky which can be seen in our skies in April.
Free for kids ages 6 – 11, bookings essential and places are limited.
Ronald Edwards Pepper is a proud Gunnai man and artist living and working on the traditional lands of his Ancestors in Morwell, Gippsland in South Eastern Australia. Ronald was born in 1982 on Gunnai Country and has developed his artistic practice over the past twenty years. He is deeply influenced by the cultural knowledge passed on to him from his Ancestors, through his Mother Elizabeth Anne Pepper (1955 – 2020) and grandparents Dolly Mullet and Watson Pepper, who relocated to Morwell from Lake Tyers Mission during the 1960s. On his mother’s side, Ronald is also a descendant of Uncle Ben ‘Lanky’ Manton (1841 – 1929), a highly esteemed Elder and advocate for First Peoples’ rights and reconciliation. He currently has an exhibition in our Level 2 Project Space “2 Worlds”.
We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family.
Ronald Edwards Pepper (Gunnai), I Will Return (Boomerang), 2022, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas