The Stony Rises Project

The Stony Rises Project brings together 10 contemporary artists and designers in an investigation of the rich, layered histories of the Western District of Victoria.

Following a four-day artists’ camp in April 2009, artists Carmel Wallace, Gini Lee, Jenny Lowe, Kit Wise, Laurene Vaughan, Lesley Duxbury, Marion Manifold, Ruth Johnstone, Seth Keen and Vicki Couzens created works in response to the area to the southeast, south and southwest of Lake Corangamite distinguished by the basalt rocks erupting from the landscape forming Stony Rises, as well as volcanic cones and crater lakes.

Designers, artists, curators and community members were able to interact with and learn from each other in order to create informed works.

The resulting exhibition focuses on the histories of the area, the intricate relationships of people with place, foreigners on new lands, and colonial and Indigenous narratives.

A fully illustrated publication Designing Place. An Archeology of the Western District has been produced, with essays by project curators Lisa Byrne, Professor Harriet Edquist, Associate Professor Laurene Vaughan and other scholars, to accompany the exhibition.

This publication and exhibition at RMIT Gallery facilitated a unique collaboration and intersection of creative practices – the artist, the designer, the architect, the landscape architect, the historian, the geologist, and the landscape archeologist.

The Stony Rises Project was developed by RMIT Design Research Institute, and toured regional Victoria in 2010-2011, managed by National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria.



The Stony Rises Project – Lesley Duxbury Artist Talk

Lesley Duxbury discusses her work in The Stony Rises Project.   Image: Lesley Duxbury, ‘ Still I–VI’ (2009). Installation image by Mark…

Kit Wise, 'Gnotuk’


Kit Wise Artist Talk

  Kit Wise discusses his digital animation work in The Stony Rises Project.   Image: Kit Wise, ‘Gnotuk’ (2009). Installation image by…


The Stony Rises Project Curator Talk

The curators of The Stony Rises Project discuss the exhibition.   Image: Ruth Johnstone, ‘Dormant’, (2009). Installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT…


Gini Lee Artist Talk

Gini Lee discusses her work in The Stony Rises Project.   Image: Gini Lee, ‘A Deep Mapping for the Stony Rises’, (2009)….


Laurene Vaughan Artist Talk

Laurene Vaughan discusses her work in The Stony Rises Project.   Image: Laurene Vaughan, ‘Craft exchange 1’, (2009). Installation image by Mark…

Central Periphery

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