Tree Change at Vaughan Springs was a community celebration of our relationship to nature in the glorious surrounds of Vaughan Springs. Inspired by the project Republic of Trees and presented as part of the Regional Centre of Culture Program 2018 and in partnership with Parks Victoria and the Friends of Vaughan Springs Picnic and Family Day. We acknowledge that we are on unceded traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Taking the form of installations, workshops performances and presentations, local artists were asked to respond the themes inspired by the project, The Republic of Trees, to present park based installations, presentations and happenings within the site at Vaughan Springs. Exploring humanities relationship with the arboreal world and our connection with trees while also asking us to engage with the landscape. This project also acknowledged the deep time connection that the Dja Dja Wurrung have with the land. Tree Change deliberately tapped into this history by evoking a romantic and ideal relationship with trees whilst exploring deeper philosophical questions and insights inherent in the cultural landscape and history of this site.
Featuring – Kaori Fujimoto, Dan Mitchell, Dan Armstrong, Forest Keegel, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls, Glenn Romanis, Bush Gothic, Thompson's Foundry Band, Friends of Vaughan Springs, Jida Gulpilil, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and The Pitts Family Circus.