Breadth subjects

The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development connects undergraduate students to ancient and contemporary Indigenous arts through a number of Breadth subjects. Taught both on campus as well as on Country, students can connect to Indigenous arts, culture and people, ehancing their studies at The University of Melbourne.

Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts

Held twice yearly as an intensive week-long subject, Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts offers the student a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Australian Indigenous arts practice by experiencing it first hand. Students learn about Aboriginal communities through hands on lectures and workshops in visual art, voice and narrative, weaving, possum skin cloaks and more. This subject features a residential field trip to Gunditjmara country (Lake Condah).

Art and Indigenous Voice

Taught on campus, this subject is designed to give students a solid basis from which to start engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practice. Utilising both existing and new cultural frameworks, through lectures in cultural safety, traditional beliefs and culture, contemporary history and art as voice, students will be walked through the artistic, cultural and political histories of Australia’s first people with a specific focus on the diversity within Victoria and the south-east of Australia. With a focus on connection to country and place, students will learn from leading Elders, visual artists, theatre makers and activists.

Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation

This subject brings together a vast range of different arts practices to give an holistic view of Indigenous arts and their role in facilitating voice and its use as a tool for social change. Presented over 12 weeks, students will be given access to a broad range of Indigenous guest lecturers who will present upon seminal works from their oeuvre and discuss their impact on mainstream Australia. Students will also examine the role of art as a tool for resistance and self-actualisation within Indigenous communities, studying the effects of cultural reclamation and artistic practice on the mental and spiritual wellbeing of a people.