We Need to Talk about Fire


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Exhibitions in the Homestead included in Open Day cost. $10, children under 16 FREE.
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Upstairs Gallery, Bundanon Homestead and online



December 2020 - February 2021

Following the catastrophic climatic events of last summer Bundanon presents 'We Need to Talk about Fire', a series of conversations with speakers from across the community who will share Indigenous knowledge systems, stories of community action, healing initiatives and creative responses to find a way forward.

We Need to Talk about Fire


We Need to Talk about Fire

Three new exhibitions will be presented in Bundanon Homestead.

When No Birds Sing, Ruth Maddison
Sunday 25th October 2020 to Sunday 28th February 2021

Photographer Ruth Maddison was caught in the vortex of the fires at Eden and recorded the drama of dark skies and the role of local evacuation centres. In the weeks after the fires, she was called on by friends and neighbours to document their resilience in rebuilding their homes. This exhibition is the new series of photographs captured by Maddison during this period.

Spark A Reaction, Wendy Murray and Community
Sunday 1st November to Sunday 28th February 2021

Bundanon commissioned posters by Wendy Murray themed around the bushfires and environmental issues arising from climate change. These can be viewed in the homestead along with selected highlights from participants of the Wendy Murray workshops held in Nowra, September 2020.

Imprint, r e a
Late November 2021

Gamilaraay/Wailwan/Biripi artist r e a recently spent time at Bundanon as an artist-in-residence, developing a new body of work in relationship to the latest fires in the Shoalhaven. This new photographic installation, Imprint, will be exhibited in the large room of the Homestead from last weekend of November.


In December Bundanon is presenting a new series of short films produced by celebrated film-maker Bridget Ikin and hosted by proud Noonuccal Nuugi man Wesley Enoch AM, writer and the current director of Sydney Festival.

The films include a series of conversations between Wesley and community leaders and experts, including Vanessa Cavanagh (Associate Lecturer, UOW, PhD Candidate - Cultural Burning and Aboriginal Women in NSW), Professor Jason Staples (expert in dynamic bushfire behaviour), Dr. Owen Price (Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong), and Adrian Webster and Jacob Morris (Ngundahmurra, local cultural and Firesticks' practitioners).


Read interviews between Bundanon’s Head of Curatorial Learning, Sophie O’Brien and exhibiting artists Ruth Maddison, Wendy Murray and r e a.

Image: Ruth Maddison,Walking towards Aslings Beach. 7.14 am, 31 December 2019, 2019


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This program is supported by Inspiring Australia; the NSW Government through Create NSW; and by funding from COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN through the Australia Government’s PHN Program.