Victoria, Banyena, Impressions of the Past

EVENT DATE: Friday 14 October, Saturday 15 October, Friday 18 November, Saturday 19 November

Impressions of the Past is a collaborative project between the Banyena Hall Committee and the Avon Plains and Banyena Landcare Group. This project is motivated by a desire to reflect on the fragility, ecology and beauty of our unique landscape.

Guided by local artist Hilary McAllister, community members will engage in workshops to document local ecosystems and landscapes. During the workshops, participants will learn the process of eco-dying. Eco-dying is an earth friendly process that draws colours and prints from leaves, sticks and other plant matter to create colourful and intricate designs. In this case, participants will gather native vegetation from the area and using a range of dying techniques, create their own silk screens. People will be encouraged to experiment and explore to create unique and inspired artworks that reflect the surrounding landscape.

This event was supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.


Date: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 November
Venue: Banyena Hall
Banyena Road, Banyena, Victoria

The Banyena Hall has been a public landmark since 1888, first established as the Banyena Mechanics Institute. Since then, the Hall has been rebuilt and refurbished after several major floods, with the nearby Richardson River swelling dramatically, leaving the hall inundated half a meter above floor level, shifting stumps and destroying the floor. At the reopening of the Hall, in 2012, 20 months after the worst floods in living memory, Banyena Hall Committee President Donal Molloy Drum expressed the community’s relief at having the Hall open once again. ‘Most people who attended the [re-opening] have a connection with Banyena – the place, the community, its past, present and future and a common connection amongst us all is our hall, which is the hub of our small community our gathering and meeting place’.

Visit the Banyena Hall Page.