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School Holidays with Makers SpaceImage: Makers Space with Tarni Eastwood at Hive Festival by Garry Trinh

School Holidays at the Makers Space with Tarni Eastwood

15 April to 27 April
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Spend your school holidays in the Makers Space!

Connect deeply with Tarni Eastwood’s Makers Space through artist-led, hands-on workshops.

Create your own poetry with celebrated Gamilaroi poet Luke Patterson, connect with pieces of nature through Anney Bounpraseuth’s drawing workshop and create your own woven piece with Tarni Eastwood and Melinda (Tarni’s mum!)

See more about the Makers Space here.

Natural materials with Anney Bounpraseuth

Anney’s workshop will start outside, where participants will collect items from the gardens in the carpark to then be used in large scale drawings and rubbings that celebrate connections to land and Country.

All materials provided
Suitable for all ages. Children under 5 are free.
Cost: $5

10.30 am to 12.00 pm
Tuesday 16 April


Image: courtesy of Anney Bounpraseuth

Poetry for kids with Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson is a celebrated Gamilaroi poet, musician and educator. In this workshop, Luke will take you through creating your own poem inspired by Tarni Eastwood’s Makers Space.

Luke will support each participant through the process, providing different ways to think and write poetically.

All materials provided
Suitable for ages 8+
Cost: $5

10.30 am to 12.00 pm
Thursday 18 April

Image: The Village by the Kids by Mohamed

Weaving with Tarni Eastwood and Melinda Eastwood (Tarni’s mum!)

Tarni and her mum, Melinda Eastwood will lead children’s focused weaving workshops. Tarni will share her journey to weaving and the knowledge that has been passed down through many generations.

All materials provided
Suitable for ages 5 to 15

Drop in, no booking required.

Tuesday 23 April, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm
Wednesday 24 April, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm


Image: Makers Space with Tarni Eastwood at Hive Festival by Garry Trinh

Artist Bios

Tarni EastwooodTarni Eastwood is a Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist and curator based in western Sydney. She has a multidisciplinary arts practice working in photography, video, painting, weaving, sculpture and installation.

Tarni emphasises the importance of weaving groups through its contribution to revitalise the culture whilst providing a safe space to pass down creative knowledge.

Image: Tarni Eastwood, courtesy of the artist

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, educator and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. You will also find his work in anthologies including NANGAMAY dream MANA gather DJURALI grow as well as Best of Australian Poems 2023. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.

Image: Luke Patterson courtesy of the artist

Anney Bounpraseuth is an Australian-born artist of Laotian heritage. Bounpraseuth has been featured on ABC TV and iView, ABC Radio National, FBI Radio’s Canvas program and Frankie Magazine. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Hidden Rookwood Sculpture Exhibition and Prize. She has presented in various galleries across NSW with solo exhibitions at Fairfield City Museum and Art Gallery and Bankstown Arts Centre. In 2018, she curated the February ARTBAR at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Image: Anney Bounpraseuth by Anna Kucera

Please note:

  • All materials are provided except for art smocks and aprons, so please consider bringing your own or wearing clothes that can get dirty if you’re a messy art maker!
  • No food or drink is currently available for purchase at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Feel free to bring your coffee or a snack while you are visiting The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
  • Please note, Blacktown Arts does not facilitate private workshops for groups. If you would like to enquire about group bookings for Blacktown Arts programs, please contact us at artscentre@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
  • Click here to plan your visit to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.

This project is presented by Blacktown Arts and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.