Artists’ Camp

‘An Archaeology of the Stony Rises’ is the title of the artists’ camp held from 6-9 April 2009, based at Camperdown Victoria with visits to Terang, Heywood, Lake Purrumbete, Lake Corangamite, Pomboneit, Hamilton, and Dunkeld.

The purpose was for designers, artists, curators and community members to interact with and learn from each other in order to create informed works. The camp included a structured program of activities, but equally importantly, it included unstructured activities over shared mealtimes, travel times and ‘down’ time.


The structured component of the camp included:

  • Visits to the sites exhibiting archeological evidence of aquaculture and sedentary habitation on the lands of the Gundjitmara people around Budj Bim (Mt Eccles).
  • Organised tour by Budj Bim Tours.
  • Visits and talks on the dry stone walls and structures around the Stony Rises location at Pomboneit, Mt Noorat and Purrumbete.
  • Visits to volcanic lava flows in and around Lake Corangamite.
  • Visits to key mountains and lakes such as Mt Eccles, Mt Elephant, Mt Noorat, Mt Napier and Lake Bullen Merri which are all locations of significance in the views painted by Eugene Von Guerard in the nineteenth century.
  • Visits to local homesteads.
  • De-briefing session and tour at Purrumbete.
  • Lecture by Professor Bernie Joyce: ‘The Geology of the Western Plains’.
  • Lecture by Professor Harriet Edquist: ‘Vulconology – the Aesthetics of the Western Plains’, this was a public talk attended by members of the local community in and around Camperdown.

Photos by Lisa Byrne and Nurul Rahman.