Acknowledgement of Country


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.


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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Spend your school holidays in the Makers Space!

Build your own planetary wonder in Space Diorama with Samantha Relihan, create a celestial costume with returning facilitator Anney Bounpraseuth, and invent your own instrument alongside your peers with Elizabeth Jigalin and HOSSEI.

Space Dioramas with
Samantha Relihan

Wednesday 10 July, 10.30 to 12 pm

Create your own space diorama’s inspired by the themes in HOSSEI’s work.

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Cosmic Orchestra with
Elizabeth Jigalin and Hossei

Tuesday 16 July, 10.30 am to 12 pm 

Meet Elizabeth Jigalin a musican who plays the Theremin – an electronic musical instrument that uniquely requires no touch to play. Create their own instruments and perform a song as a group orchestra with the help of the facilitators.

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Celestial Costumes with
Anney Bounpraseuth

Thursday 18 July, 10.30 am to 12 pm 

Make costumes out of mixed fabrics and cardboard inspired by elements of outer space found in HOSSEI’s work.

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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.

Elizabeth Jigalin is a composer, performer, teaching artist and creative producer based in Sydney/Eora on Gadigal land. Elizabeth’s approach to music is imaginative, playful and collaborative. As an artist, she embraces the opportunity to work across styles and mediums. Elizabeth’s music has been premiered at festivals around the world including Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Extended Play, Darmstadt, BIFEM, Rouse Hills Psychedelia, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Women of Noise and Australia’s Silent Film Festival. At present, she is Composer-in-Residence for Voices of Women and Moorambilla Voices.

Samantha Relihan is an experienced and passionate arts educator and creative, holding a Bachelor of Primary Education and Diploma in Visual Arts. Alongside her experience teaching in primary schools, Samantha has dedicated the last 12 years to arts education within the museum and gallery sector and has worked at prominent arts institutions across Sydney and Queensland, including: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Caloundra Regional Gallery, Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Hazelhurst Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House. Samantha works part-time at Campbelltown Arts Centre in her role of Assistant Education & Creative Learning Producer with a focus on public programming, events and education.

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

Image Credits:

Family Day 2023, photographed by Liza Moscatelli
Hive Festival 2024, photographed by Garry Trinh
Hive Festival 2024, photographed by Garry Trinh
Hive Festival 2024, photographed by Garry Trinh
Anney Bounpraseuth, courtesy of the artist
Elizabeth Jigalin, courtesy of the artist
Samantha Relihan, courtesy of the artist

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