The Wangaratta Art Gallery is excited to share with you a series of wonderful weaving workshops as a part of the Spark Bushfire Recovery Project.
Four weaving workshops will be led by local Indigenous weavers in collaboration with Taungurung master weaver Cassie Leatham. Cassie is passionate about sharing her culture and skills with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and facilitates engaging and collaborative projects.
These workshops will be unique and inspiring as Cassie and the local weavers collaborate with participants to communally create a woven sculpture. Each workshop will lead on from the previous resulting in a large scale woven sculpture that the participants have collaboratively created.
All of the workshops will be held in the bush and will use locally sourced natural materials to weave the sculpture which will support participants to connect with the land and their local environment. These workshops will be a relaxed space to share stories, connect community and learn about local Indigenous culture.
These workshops are a part of a larger bushfire recovery projects which includes a virtual reality film about Bpangerang cultural burning practices and Caring for Country. The woven sculpture and film are linked and the sculpture will sit alongside the film at screenings. Film viewers will be invited to add into the weaving sculpture after they have watched the film.
Each workshop will run from approximately 11am-4pm with lunch provided.
Please join us in these unique and wonderful weaving workshops! Places are limited so please register.
We encourage you to attend the workshop closest to you, these workshops aim to provide the community with an opportunity to connect and create new ties together.
Please note the date of your workshop on the booking form.
Cultural Burn: The final weaving workshop will run aside an Indigenous Cultural burn at the Hamilton Park Common in the Warby Ranges. Cultural burning has been used in the North-East region for thousands of years to Care for Country and reduce fire threat. The cultural burning workshop will be led by Uncle Darren and Bpangerang mob, teaching the basics of cultural burning and how it could be used on landholders properties to reduce fire threat and rejuvenate the land. These workshops will focus on sharing local
Indigenous culture and developing an understanding of Indigneous land management practices and their importance in supporting a healthy environment. This workshop is particularly targeted at land holders who are interested in cultural burning practices and may be able to practice burns on their own property.
image: Cassie Leatham