Acknowledgement of Country

Dharug

Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

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Summer is here, and it’s time to get making!

Launching as part of Hive Festival, we are thrilled to introduce our brand-new program – an immersive and interactive Makers Space for creatives of all ages.

Led by guest artists and curators, the Makers Space offers a year-round, dedicated space for reflection, creativity and play.

Our first Makers Space guest artist is Ngiyampaa and Guringai weaver and curator Tarni Eastwood. Known for her engaging and informative weaving workshops, Tarni has created an immersive world that combines her love of weaving with First Nations knowledge, sharing, and storytelling.

So come in, touch and feel the objects, take a seat on the mats and get making.

Curated by Talia Smith, with concept by Louisa Minutillo.

Suitable for all ages
Please note that some activities are best suited to ages 5+

Weaving Takeover

Come to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre to dive deep into the practice of weaving with Djiriyay and Révolution artist Jayne Christian and special guest Aunty Jules alongside our current Makers Space artist Tarni Eastwood. As an extra treat Jayne Christian’s cousin, Jacob Selwood, will have his sandstone and raffia woven chess set on display!

Materials provided
Suitable for all ages

Saturday 1 June
10.30 am to 12.30 pm
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

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Tarni 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.

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

Image Credits:

Courtesy of Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt
Tarni Eastwood, courtesy of the artist

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