Merri Creek and the Art of Detritus


A well-known Darebin identity and warrior woman, Lunt’s passion, commitment, and cultural knowledge on land development and the Merri Creek is legendary. She was awarded the City of Darebin Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

This year marks her 40th year volunteering along the Merri Creek. She has devoted her life to positive environmental outcomes, advocacy, animal care and conservation. Over the years, Caroline has consistently demonstrated her commitment to these founding principles and has rewilded and maintained a significant section of the Merri Creek through the replacement of exotic weeds with Indigenous plants.

The countless hours dedicated by Caroline over the past four decades has seen tremendous environmental benefit to this section of the creek. The planting of Indigenous flora provides an important food source and habitat for our native birds, animals, reptiles, and insects.

During her work along the Merri Creek, Lunt has found an assortment of lost items and with them produced an eclectic collection of Textile/Media which is displayed here. She is also one of the People’s Choice Award winners for the A1 Darebin Art Salon 2023 at Bundoora Homestead with her work ‘Fu*k Covid’.

Presented as part of FUSE Festival 2023.

2–17 September 2023.


Northcote Library, LibArt Gallery, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote, 3070, View Map

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