My name is Hayley Millar-Baker, I’m a
Gunditjmara woman, and I’m a photographic artist. I was 5 years old when I decided
that I was going to be an artist, and that was with the help of my prep teacher, who was an Aboriginal woman as well, I just, was so encouraged that I
thought that I could literally do this for the rest of my life. I got into photography when I inherited my late grandfather’s negatives and slides and
from there I just started playing with them and creating new narratives. So the inspiration behind my Art Tram design is, my family, their Aboriginality,
their struggles and their triumphs, I think just sharing our story is what makes
everything worthwhile to me for my practise. Oh my god I’m getting really nervous. Oh wow, this is full-on, it looks amazing! The story on the tram is a story of my mother, adventuring through country with a
band of animals behind her following her, which are totems, the rocks I’ve
taken from Lake Condah, which is where my family lived for sixty thousand years.
I’ve positioned them so she will be going forward not just over the rocks, but all through Melbourne as the tram moves. I hope that the children really like it, for the animals and I hope that adults
reminisce about times in their life, and the Aboriginal think about their time out on country. I feel incredibly humbled, I just feel mind-blown, at this scale,
it is outrageous, yeah I’m really, really happy.