Artist Floor Talk: Sam Leach with Elder Dennis Rose

event date: 
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join artist Sam Leach for a discussion of his exhibition ‘6600+’ (now showing at the WAG) with special guest Elder Dennis Rose for World Heritage Day. Dennis will be discussing the recent Budj Bim Cultural Landscape World Heritage nomination by the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the history of this internationally significant site.


6600+ is an abstract representation by Sam Leach of Budj Bim as not only Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture system but also as a cultural and sacred space that symbolises and celebrates the ingenuity and the ongoing Gunditjmara connection to land. The Gunditjmara have been tireless in their advocacy and ongoing commitment for recognition of the international significance of this remarkable site and we encourage everyone to learn from the rich traditions and history of Budj Bim as a significant story in the narrative of South Western Victoria.

Sam Leach

Sam Leach’s paintings and installations are informed by art history, science, and philosophy. With a distanced, scientific approach, the artist draws connections between data visualisation techniques such as maps and graphs, formalist abstraction and representation. The delicate interplay between formalist figuration and modernist abstraction in Leach’s work encourages an objective reading of the subject while allowing its symbolic currency to resonate with a viewer on a personal level. Leach’s paintings are expansive; catalysts for imaginative and playful thinking, where one’s role as a living creature on this shared earth can be contemplated

Dennis Rose

Denis is a Gunditjmara person and lives in Portland.  He has had a long involvement in Aboriginal land and cultural heritage management.He is currently employed as a Project Manager for the Budj Bim Sustainable Development Partnership, which has as one of its main objectives the development of a World Heritage nomination for the Budj Bim lava flow. The Budj Bim lava flow has outstanding Aboriginal cultural heritage values including the world’s most ancient aquaculture sites. Denis was the Chief Executive Officer with Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Heywood from 2002 until 2010. From 1995 until 2002 Denis was involved in the development of the Indigenous Protected Areas Program which assisted Aboriginal people throughout Australia to achieve greater control and management of their traditional lands.

+ Free entry

+ No bookings required

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ Tea and coffee provided

+ Suitable for all ages


Image credit: Sam Leach, Volcanic Rock, 2017.