Josh Muir Kulin Mural Unveiling

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Melbourne Central
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Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 10:00 to Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 19:00
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Shot Tower Square, Melbourne Central
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Josh Muir Kulin Mural Unveiling
At the side of one of Melbourne’s oldest industrial landmarks, a new artwork tracing the history of the country’s oldest inhabitants will be unveiled. As part of NADOC Week– Melbourne Central is proudly launching its latest artwork commission, Kulin Mural, by Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara and Barkindji artist Josh Muir. The side of the heritage-listed Coop’s Shot Tower at Melbourne Central will transform into a makeshift gallery from 8 July when Kulin Mural is first unveiled to the public. A mural comprised of five panels measuring 150cm x 75cm, the work combines the personal and the historical in the bold and vivid style that has become the young artist’s signature. “I’ve gone pretty far back with the history and knowledge I have to show the trauma, hurt and pain in our history and give people a better understanding of who I am,” Josh says. “It’s like the prequel of Josh Muir.” Each panel depicts a different time in Josh’s and his ancestors’ journeys. Beginning with their origins in Barkindji country (in the far west of New South Wales), it traces the Muirs’ history through Yorta Yorta country (where north-eastern Victoria meets southern New South Wales) and Ballarat, before ending in Melbourne where Josh, who was the recipient of the Telstra Youth Award as part of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015, is now a represented artist at MARS Gallery. In recent years, Josh’s work has been acquired by the Koorie Heritage Trust and major galleries across the country, and he has been recognised for sharing his intimate and personal history in these public environments. Josh’s Nan has had a significant influence on his life. Myrtle Muir gave birth to eight children and was a matriarch figure in his family. Her strength, resilience and contribution helped guide Josh and his family towards better days. She made an enormous contribution to aboriginal communities in Victoria, always welcoming other families. She played a role in caring for a number of disadvantaged youth. Her capacity was limitless with her making a positive impact on a momentous amount of children. She ensured the legacy of Josh’s grandfather- who was a legendary artist, was always celebrated by explaining the works around the family home and encouraging Josh to learn and grow through art, providing Josh a for-filling purpose. The Kulin Mural is unveiled on Saturday 8th July in Shot Tower Square. This is then followed by a special edition of Melbourne Central’s Walk to Art Tours hosted by Bernadette Alibrando and Josh Muir on Sunday 15th July. For more information and to book into the tour visit