The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.
Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021


Confluence invites you into a yarn led by Barkandji and Bun Wurrung Elders, Traditional Owners, artists and community members exploring the centrality of water to Aboriginal understandings of Country.

You will be asked to consider how the design community might work together to create a better, healthier future for the planet through an engagement with landscape that transcends the institutional and accepted and towards acknowledgment and understanding of Country as a world-view. The yarn will employ Storying, deep listening (through which one understands one’s own story in relation to those of others in a related group) and yarning as techniques.

• N’Arwee’t Dr Carolyn Briggs, AM, Boon Wurrung Foundation
• Eddy Harris, Wilcannia artist
• Woddy Harris, Wilcannia artist
• Sophia Pearce, Indigenous knowledge broker, Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation
• Christine Phillips, architect, RMIT University
• Jock Gilbert, landscape architect, RMIT University

Presented by The Capitol and RMIT University School of Architecture & Urban Design as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.