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NAIDOC: School holiday art workshops with First Nations Artists

*Upcoming events are subject to change

Learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in the world!

__Image: Jade Akamarre with her great grandmother Molly Pwerle __

Westfield Marion in collaboration with Pwerle Aboriginal Art Gallery is proud to present this year’s NAIDOC week free children’s Aboriginal art Workshops.

This year's theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and what better way to
do that than a hands on art workshops.

In these workshops, the children will have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal art and will work with Aboriginal symbols, styles and stories to create their own drawings and paintings based around their family and home. These painting styles and special symbols tell stories from the creation time of the oldest living culture in the world.

Children will be supervised by the Emali early learning centre team who are highly trained educators to support your child throughout this workshop. Emali respects and acknowledges the original custodians of the land and are partnering with Pwerle to help support and support the children as they share their own individual stories. Children and childcare is what Emali know best so please join us to continue the connection to the great country of Australia as one.

Children will take home their own canvas/drawing. Workshops will be taught by Aboriginal community members with educational insight into Aboriginal Culture and identity. Take-home Aboriginal symbol sheet and colouring-in sheet designed by Shane Kooka and Jade Akamarre.

Drawing and Colouring In workshop

Time: 11am - 11:40am
Date: 9 - 17 July daily
__Who:__Children 3-5 years
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Aboriginal Painting workshop

Time 12pm - 12:40pm | 1pm - 1:40pm
Date: 9 - 17 July daily
Who: Children 5-10 years
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Meet The First Nations Artists

This workshop will be presented by Pwerle Gallery Director and Alyawarre woman Jade Akamarre, sister Mariah Akamarre who is the featured artist this year and Shane Mankitya Cook (also known as Kooka), proud Wulli Wulli and Guwa (Koa) man. Jade and Mariah are established Aboriginal artists following the footsteps of their grandmother and great grandmother Barbara Weir and Minnie Pwerle. Artworks such as theirs ensures the continuation of an ancient and rich cultural heritage while acknowledging the close bond still retained by the artist to their country ‘Atnwengerrp'.

Shane's practice as an artist began from a young age learning traditional painting from his mother, his interests then developed further into graffiti culture, street art and tattooing as his career developed. These art movements are hugely prominent in Shane’s unique contemporary style he has developed which has led him to becoming a nationally recognised artist.

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T&Cs apply. Online bookings are required for workshops. Event subject to change. Children will be supplied with all art materials and smock. Book 1 ticket per child attending. Parents do NOT need to book their own ticket. Parent's must be in attendance at all times.

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