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Cassie Leatham

Cassie Leatham

Cassie Leatham is from the Taungurung / Wurundjeri of the Kulin Nation. Cassie’s biological grandfather George Patterson Fisher was a Taungurung man and Cassie’s biological grandmother Alice Biddy Stevens was a Wurundjeri and Gunai Kurnai woman.

Cassie knew her connection to her Country was strong and confirmed her heritage when she was 15 years old. Cassie started exploring her identity and looking to elders to help her with her journey and belonging. Many assisted and she continued her journey embracing culture, teaching her knowledge and skills in art and traditional methods used by her Ancestors.

Cassie was a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards with her Emu Feather Dancing Skirt. Cassie has had two solo exhibitions, plus works in numerous exhibitions in Victoria. She was also a part of the Darwin Art Fair. Cassie has been teaching culture, art and bush tucker for the past five years and is a Koorie youth mentor with Victoria Police at Lakes Entrance, Victoria. Cassie has also taught Monash University second year medical students about bush medicine and the identification of bush plants and their uses.

Cassie is determined to break down barriers between people Indigenous and non-Indigenous and to teach old ways to youth so the culture never dies. It’s this determination that keeps Cassie motivated in all aspects of her art and crafts.

Her work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Koorie Heritage Trust Collection, Melbourne Magistrates Court of Victoria and is exhibited nationally and internationally. Cassie has had numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions, which has seen success overseas.

Cassie facilitates workshops in a variety of mediums and specialises in native indigenous bush plants. It’s nurturing culture and heritage and respecting the land, the Elders, the traditional ways that are most important to Cassie and most importantly nurturing the Aboriginal youth who will one day become Elders and become the teachers for generations to come. Cassie resides at Boisdale in Gippsland.