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Rumbalara Elders Facility

Elders’ Stories & Cultural Arts


‘There is something special about everyone’s life journey, and at the core of this partnership between Rumbalara Elders Facility and Kaiela Arts, is finding ways to share, respect, and celebrate these special moments and the legacy of our Elders’ lives’
– Lyn Thorpe


Victorian Curriculum

Relevant Level 4, 5 & 6 Descriptions for 2020 focus. Other descriptors apply for other levels.

Our program supports learning across the humanities curriculum, general capabilities and in particular the Visual arts.

Victorian Government - Department of Education and Training

Visual Arts

In Levels 5 and 6, students explore how and why artists, craftspeople and designers realise their ideas through different visual forms, practices and processes. They develop conceptual and expressive skills.

As they make and respond to visual artworks, students explore a diversity of ideas, concepts and viewpoints. They draw ideas from other artists, artworks, symbolic systems, beliefs and visual arts practices in other cultures, societies and times.

Students extend their understanding of safe visual arts practices and choose to use sustainable materials, techniques and technologies.

Explore and Express Ideas

Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times as inspiration to create visual artworks (VCAVAE025)

Explore visual arts practices as inspiration to create artworks that express different ideas and beliefs (VCAVAE029)

Visual Arts Practices

Explore visual conventions and use materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to particular art forms, and to make artworks (VCAVAV026)

Select and apply visual conventions, materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to different art forms when making artworks (VCAVAV030)

Respond and Interpret

Identify and discuss how ideas are expressed in artworks from a range of places, times and cultures, including artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCAVAR028)


Identify and describe patterns of continuity and change in daily life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ‘native born’ and migrants in the Australian colonies (VCHHC085)

Significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society (VCHHK096)

Intercultural Capability

Analyse how aspects of their own and others lifestyle, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs can be culturally influenced (VCICCB009)


Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

Personal and Social Capability

Describe what it means to be confident, adaptable and persistent and why these attributes are important in dealing with new or challenging situations (VCPSCSE027)

Kaiela Arts established a partnership with Rumbalara Elders Facility (REF) in June 2023 focusing on new ways of working and sharing of cultural arts practices to enhance and sustain the wellbeing of our local Elders and younger generations alike.

Elders are the backbone of our community, the cultural knowledge keepers, activists, and leaders, grandmothers and grandfathers, whose strength has ensured our survival over many generations. Our Elders keep culture, Country, language, and family, strong and connected. They nurture identity, pride, wellbeing and belonging and encourage intergenerational learning.

This work places culture and collaboration at the centre, promoting the social and emotional determinants of health of Elders at the REF. We utilise cultural arts as a vehicle to increase connection to mind and emotion, Culture and community, family and kinship, and spirituality and ancestors.

Weekly sessions at REF and visits to Kaiela Arts facilitated by senior Yorta Yorta creative and cultural practitioner Lyn Thorpe, provide time and space for Elders to connect, yarn, reminisce, share stories, and self-determine expression through different creative mediums including painting, drawing, ceramics, crafts, photography, digital recordings, music and language.

We are working with the Elders to develop legacy creative works that capture their important memories and stories for future generations – honouring, celebrating and expressing pride in their lives and contributions.

Proudly supported by Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative

Photos by Belinda Briggs & Lyn Thorpe