Spirit Dreaming


Nairm Marr Djambana


Nairm Marr Djambana Gathering Place, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for profit community organisation in Frankston, will unveil a stunning public art installation called “Spirit Dreaming”. The centerpiece of a recent lantern festival, the installation comprises nine light pillars, each adorned with unique artworks created by members of the Gathering Place.

The project was made possible thanks to COVID recovery funding, which allowed Nairm Marr Djambana to support the community's cultural revival efforts. Spirit Dreaming represents a powerful expression of Indigenous spirituality, storytelling, and connection to land and community.

Each of the nine pillars is dedicated to a specific theme, such as family, nature, or the Dreamtime, and showcases a range of artistic styles and techniques. The artworks are illuminated at night, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle that invites viewers to reflect on the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures.

According to Nairm Marr Djambana's General Manager, the Spirit Dreaming installation is not only a celebration of Indigenous art and culture, but also a way to bring people together and promote social cohesion in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The Spirit Dreaming installation is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and community spirit of Nairm Marr Djambana and its members, and a reminder of the transformative power of art in times of crisis.



Image: Nairm Marr Djambana, Spirit Dreaming (installation view)