Emmy Webbers: Message Tree

You are invited to do an illustration or write a message on a leaf and place it on the Message Tree to become part of a beautiful group artwork.

Dates: Tuesday, 25 June – Friday, 26 July
Times: daily
Entry: FREE 
Venue: Curved Wall 

Exhibition statement: 

This is an immersive art installation in honour of NAIDOC Week that asks you to delve into the profound connection between culture, community, and land. Each element of this piece is a tribute to the diverse cultures and histories woven into the fabric of this ancient land.  

As you stand before this majestic tree, we invite you to become a part of its living legacy. Take a leaf and inscribe upon it your hopes, dreams, and reflections. Then, affix it to the branches, where it will join countless others in a tapestry of unity and solidarity.  

Throughout NAIDOC Week and beyond, this installation serves as a hub of reflection, dialogue, and celebration. Let’s grow together as we celebrate NAIDOC Week and the rich tapestry of Indigenous cultures. 

Artist biography: 

My name is Emmy Webbers (aka Wurruck Yambo). I was born and raised within the Kulin Nations of Victoria predominately on Bunurong and Wurundjeri Countries. I love going home to Gunai/Kurnai Country and connecting with both the land I live on and the land I come from.  

I am always interested in challenging myself as an artist. I like to try new things and see the end results. Every piece I create is inspired by my culture in some way, either from being on Country and the incredible visuals and feelings it creates, or through my children, seeing how they interact with our culture and finding ways I can explore through their eyes. 

About NAIDOC Week: 

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week 2024 is being celebrated from Sunday 7 July – Sunday 14 July. 

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. This year’s theme, Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud, celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced. 

Artwork credit: Emmy Webbers, Message Tree, Vinyl and paper, 2024 (detail) 


There is also a Message Tree on display at the Emerald Library pictured below. Share your message across the shire this NAIDOC Week!

Dates & times
Tuesday 25 Jun
Friday 26 Jul
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