Chris has established a career in the creation of cultural experiences, both curating exhibitions, and developing associated programs and events for almost 20 years at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, and at family-owned gallery, The Old Mechanic’s Institute Gallery, in Healesville, Victoria. Passionate about Indigenous culture, Christine is a deeply respectful and respected collaborator, having worked with the Aboriginal community in Melbourne for many years and through her connection with Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. She manages Hearth Galleries in Healesville and Murnong Gallery in Glen Iris.
Chris co-designs with Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Kim Wandin, on public art, interior and landscape projects.
Aunty Kim Wandin (Wandoon)
Aunty Kim is a Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Woman. Her traditional family name ‘Wandoon’ means ‘spirits of the water.’ Aunty Kim and her family still live on Country in Healesville.
Aunty Kim uses reeds collected on Wurundjeri Country to make eel traps and baskets in a traditional way handed down to her by her Nanna Ollie, who was taught by Granny Jemima (at Coranderrk). Aunty Kim intends to pass this on to her own granddaughter when the time is right. Aunty Kim collects reeds on Country and hangs them to dry in the sun. When they are dried she soaks them in water to make them flexible and ready to use.
art attack project brungergalk (Watt's River Parkland) healesville
For the Art Attack project Aunty Kim created a site specific ephemeral work titled iuk (eel) trap. The work contains the spirit of her Ancestors reflecting their strength and resilience.