MEMBERS' WEBINAR - Piinpi - Contemporary Indigenous Fashion (PL2070)


Piinpi, Australia’s first major survey of Indigenous Australian Fashion is now on at Bendigo Art Gallery. 

Join us for an online end of year celebration for teachers and explore this unique exhibition with the Curator and Bendigo Art Gallery’s First Nation’s Curator Shonae Hobson.   

Shonae’s talk will include images from the exhibition and on Country as well as  information about

  • Artists and Designers in the exhibition, such as Lyn -Al Young, Arkie Barton and Grace Lillian Lee. 
  • An exploration of artists connection to Country and how this relationship is reflected in all aspects of their designs.
  • How Indigenous artists and designers practice sustainability, from their choice and harvesting of materials, to their use of natural dyes, recycled materials and upcycling. 
  • The role of Community Art Centres around Australia and their importance in supporting artists practice and promotion. 

At the end of the presentation Shonae, along with Margot Feast (Bendigo Art Gallery Education Officer) and Laura Murphy from DATTA will lead a discussion with teachers around ideas for bringing an Indigenous perspective and activities into the classroom. 

Don’t forget to bring a glass of wine for your special exhibition preview and to celebrate the end of this one-of-a-kind year!

“For me, the word Piinpi was important to use as it encapsulated a lot of what the exhibition was about. For Indigenous peoples, our knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important as it signifies the abundance of certain bush foods, when we can travel, and when is a good time to collect traditional materials for ceremony and dance,” Ms Hobson said. “Many of the garments selected for the exhibition are an expression of Country and contemporary Indigenous culture. Through the use of natural and recycled materials, traditional weaving techniques and hand-painted prints. First Nations artists and designers are expressing their culture and connection to Country in very exciting and bold ways – distinct from anything else being produced around the world – and this is something worth celebrating.” Shonae Hobson


4.00 - 5.30pm

Monday 23 November


Delivered via webinar - link provided on booking


Free for members.

If you wish to participate in this session, you can join DATTA Vic HERE

Image credits: Top left: Bernadette Watt, Golden Dress 2019, plant dyes, silk. Courtesy of the artist and Anindilyakwa Arts. Photo credit: Ben Ward / Middle: Grace Lillian Lee, Body Armour – A Weave of Reflection Pink and Orang / Top right: Elisa Jane Carmichael CIAF 2017 Saltwater Footprints Collection - Photo Tim Ashton.jpg

Thanks to Bendigo Art Gallery for their support for DATTA Vic members.

Thanks to The Department of Education & Training for their support for DATTA Vic through the Strategic Partnership Programs Fund.

Disclaimer: This presentation involves practising teachers discussing their own approaches, who have shared in good faith and for general information only. It does not necessarily reflect the views of DATTA Vic, nor do DATTA Vic endorse the accuracy or suitability of the information for any particular purpose. Note that this material has not been verified by VCAA. Responsibility in response to the material must be accepted by users. For VCE, teachers must refer to the mandatory documents in relation to the VCE Product Design and Technology/Systems Engineering study designs from VCAA, which are available online and updated every year. For safety information, teachers must consult the relevant OHS Hazard Management section of the department's website.