Explore the trail through the incredible works and stories of eight First Nations artists. Featuring mixed media, graffiti and traditional painting techniques, these sculptures can be discovered across Melbourne / Narrm, and explore the concepts of culture, identity, family, animals and healing.
The Narrm trail has been designed in partnership with Equity Trustees who are a Principal Partner of the art trail and are committed to supporting First Nation Australians.
Mini Adventure One: Narrm Trail
UooUoo locations: Melbourne CBD + Albert Park
Tips for transport: The majority of this trail can be explored within the free tram zone, however, carry your Myki with you to venture to visit Koalafied + Barrandhang at South Melbourne Beach.
To learn more about the inspiration behind each of the Indigenous artists’ designs, please read below.
Rainbow Dreaming | Binbiyal Malamiya
Artist: Sharlee Dunolly-Lee
Location: BOURKE STREET MALL (SOUTHERN SIDE)
Sharlee Dunolly-Lee is an emerging Dja Dja Wurrung artist in her early stages of applying cultural knowledge to the canvas. In 2019, Sharlee explored her identity in an art portfolio that revolved around understanding and developing her cultural identity which formed her own artistic style and contemporary vision of aboriginal culture. Rainbow Dreaming | Binbeyal Malamiya features a striking design that consists of a black background with vivid and colourful shapes.
Rainbow Dreaming is sponsored by one of the Principal Partners of the art trail, Equity Trustees who play a pivotal role in philanthropic initiatives throughout the nation, including those of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Equity Trustees has also committed to purchasing Rainbow Dreaming post-art trail.
Location: SOUTH MELBOURNE BEACH
Vandal is a proud Wiradjuri woman and mixed media artist. In 2019 she become one of eight Victorian artists to have her artwork displayed on a Melbourne Art Tram. She has produced award-winning skateboard art and her own distinctive colouring book range, inspired by her Aboriginal heritage. Vandal is known for her use of colour and whimsical art. This Uoouoo is all about friendship, sharing, happiness and colourful imagination. Four playful Koalas/Barandhangs share ice creams with each other because that’s what best friends do. This UooUoo reminds us that there is always time for play and fun, sharing with friends and enjoying friendship, and ice cream. Koalafied Barrandhang keeps the Wiradjuri language alive and visible.
Koalafield + Barrandhang is sponsored by Oz Farm Kids Care who have also committed to purchasing this sculpture post-art trail.
Artist: Leslie Stanley
Location: SOUTHERN CROSS STATION
Leslie Stanley is a Wulli Wulli (Queensland) indigenous artist currently living in St. Kilda. He has been a working artist for 30 years, with his paintings generally depict indigenous totems of native Australian animals in a combination of contemporary colours whilst utilising the traditional technique of dot and rarrk.
Leslie is a well-known St Kilda identity as his work is promoted throughout the area through murals, publications and galleries as well as volunteering his talents to assist others in the aboriginal youth, rehabilitation and health sectors. This Uoouoo is an echidna totem that symbolises strength and protection. This UooUoo also solves problems through deliberation revolving around the balance of sharing. Alick is carefully carrying a heavy load of children on his back for their care and protection, represented by the quills.
Alick is sponsored by Corrs Chambers Westgarth who provide legal services across the full spectrum of matters, including major transactions, projects and significant disputes.
Artist: Deanne Gilson
Location: VICTORIA HARBOUR PROMENADE
Deanne Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung woman, living on her ancestral Country of Ballarat in Victoria. Gilson’s art practice looks closely at the traditional ways in which her Aboriginal ancestors lived. In particular, how colonisation has affected her family and what was known as women’s business. Contemporary artworks tell ancient creation stories, depicting ceremonial ways that are deeply embedded in a spiritual connection to Country, thus revealing hidden truths and celebrating culture, past, present and future. Further assisting in healing old wounds and strengthening the existence of First Peoples lives into the future. This particular sculpture is a mythological creature in Victorian Aboriginal culture, also known as a Devil that is said to have lived in swamps and hug its prey to death. There have been many reported sightings pre and post colonisation, with two types of Baa-ni-ip identified in Victoria. The Wadawurrung Baa-ni-ip is made up of many animals: an emu head with horns and tusks, the body of a crocodile, a duck’s bill, platypus flippers and a seal nose.
Baa-ni-ip is sponsored by Development Victoria who aims to create vibrant places to live and work across Victoria, through diverse and strategic property development and urban renewal projects.
Artist: Melanie Hava
Location: LES ERDI PLAZA (SANDRIDGE BRIDGE)
Melanie Hava was been born into interesting and diverse cultures with her father originating from the oldest city in Austria, Enns, and her mother is from one of the oldest cultures on earth, Aboriginal people of Australia. While celebrating her Austrian heritage, Melanie also identifies through her mother’s line as a Mamu Aboriginal woman, Dugul-barra and Wari-barra family groups, from the North Johnstone River catchment of the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland and the adjoining Great Barrier Reef sea country. Melanie’s work is influenced by her diverse cultures and by her experiences in the outback, rainforest and reef country. This sculpture is inspired by her traditional country, bordering the National Park of Wooroonooran in Queensland. In this UooUoo you can see many different species of vibrant fish and corals native to Melanie’s country. Maybe you can find them yourself swimming in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef!
Great Barrier Reef Dreaming is sponsored by Sammer Kumar on behalf of PwC, a network of assurance, advisory and tax firms.
Artist: Wayne Quilliam
Location: CROWN PROMENADE
Aboriginal artist, Associate Professor Wayne Quilliam is the winner of the Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Human Rights Media Award, Walkley Award. He has created and curated over 300 exhibitions throughout the world and been published in more than 1000 magazines, books and newspapers. He has documented events across the globe for more than 30 years including the Apology, Garma, Laura, Burunga, Dreaming and Yeperenye festivals and thousands of community events. Wayne works with Indigenous groups in Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Guam developing intercultural art and cultural exchanges with the vision of creating global exhibitions.
The design of Marlipinyini was influenced by stories from across Australia, from the Tiwi Islands to Tasmania; the Central Desert to Far North Queensland. A special, personal touch was added to this UooUoo by Wayne’s wife, and his daughter Tanisha, who is a regular visitor to the RCH. Marlipinyini is a symbol of thanks to the incredible people at the RCH who care for our little ‘jarjums’ (children).
Marlipinyini is proudly sponsored by Crown Resorts as one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups making major contributions to the Australian economy through its role in tourism, employment, training, and corporate responsibility programs.
Artist: Josh Muir
Location: VCA, ST KILDA ROAD
Josh Muir is a Melbourne-based multi-media artist who presents a new narrative and movement in contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Muir uses digital prints and video art to communicate voices of dissent and create dialogue from the artist’s own perspective. He recalls his origin story as a graffiti artist working in Ballarat, drawing from his Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara, Dja Dja wurrung, Wada wurrung, and Barkindji ancestry. The language of Indigenous visual culture is expressed through vibrantly coloured digital prints that pay homage to the dynamic tradition of street art and hip-hop.
This particular sculpture is named after a word that comes from his son’s own unique lingo, meaning balloon This UooUoo is inspired by Josh’s son’s imagination, the artist shared that the reaction from his son was “epic”.
Binga is located at and sponsored by Uni Melb The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music who currently teach approximately 600 subjects to over 3,000 students in film and television, visual art, production, theatre, acting, dance, music theatre, design, and a broad range of music specialties, from interactive composition and music therapy to ethnomusicology and orchestral performance.
Artist: Gregory Matthews
Location: KINGS DOMAIN (TAN TRACK)
Gregory Matthews is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal Man; his Language Group is Peerapper, and his Totem is The Sea Eagle. Greg is an accepted Elder; and a descendant of Tasmania’s Manegin People. Greg has developed his own unique contemporary Aboriginal art style, his art is displayed in Melbourne and Hobart galleries, and in commercial premises in both Sydney and Melbourne. Greg’s art has been sold Australia wide and internationally. Greg has achieved local recognition and he has won awards for his art. Greg’s studio is located in Melbourne.
Wombat Dreaming features lines and patterns that represent animal tracks, creeks, trees and vegetation inspired by Gregory’s happy childhood memories. Gregory loved his solo adventures into the surrounding forest of his grandmother’s home, following animal trails and learning about bush tucker from his grandfather.
Wombat Dreaming is sponsored by Fisher Leadership, who aim to create a world of difference by building executive leadership solutions for the future.
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The Royal Children’s Hospital acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the hospital is located, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation, and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.