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The trees of Billilla: Stories and creative interpretations

Historic mansion with trees

Event Details

This session will be an introduction to Carmel Wallace's new work Refuge, a community art installation at Billilla Mansion gardens in Brighton. The artist will introduce the project at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, with a visual presentation of her practice and related works followed by a demonstration of weaving techniques, attendees are encouraged to be involved in this process. 

What is Refuge?

Refuge will be created during March/April 2018 under the iconic Canary Island Pine/Pinus canariensis. Aged 130+ years, and recorded on the National Trust (Victoria) Register of Significant Trees as important for its ‘curious growth form’. This pine not only symbolises the nineteenth century gardens and mansions of Bayside, but also the resilience and contribution of survivors. Its distinctive shape is the result of a severe lightning strike in the cyclone of 1918. The resulting thick broad canopy provides dense shade for humans at ground level and safe shelter for birds and possums in its generous upper limbs. Appreciation of its unusual form could also be seen as a celebration of difference. Refuge will highlight these qualities. It will be a large woven form created largely with pine-needles that fall prolifically from the tree.

Introduction session bookings

Go to the bookings link to register for the Introduction session. Afternoon tea will be provided.

How can I participate in the on-going workshops?

Work on this project will continue through to the end of April and community members are welcome to be a part of these wonderful workshops. Weather permitting Carmel will be found under the tree most days in March and April. Please register your interest as a single or group visit Billilla workshops.

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Image: Photography Carmel Wallace (Tayler studio, Billilla Mansion Studios), 2017 (detail), Billilla Mansion and Canary Island pine tree.

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