Cassie Leatham

Baluk Arts

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 sense of belonging. She continues to embrace culture, teaching her knowledge and skills in art and traditional methods used by her Ancestors.

Cassie facilitates workshops in a variety of mediums and specialises in native Indigenous plants, determined to break down barriers between people Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Cassie is passionate about teaching Indigenous youth the old ways to keep culture alive. Nurturing youth, who will one day become Elders and teachers for future generations, is fundamental for Cassie and this determination informs her creative practice.

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 is also a regular feature artist at the Darwin Aboriginal 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. She has also taught Monash University second year medical students about bush medicine and the identification of bush plants and their uses.

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 currently resides at Boisdale in Gippsland, Vic.