by beth sorensen

Workshops For Adults

TERM 2 - 2022

Creative workshops for adults continue at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre in Term 2.

Led by a range of experienced artists and facilitators, these dynamic and interactive workshops are a great way to learn a new skill, build up your arts practice, meet like-minded people and form connections in a welcoming and professional workshop environment.

This term, Open Studio continues on Wednesday mornings under the careful facilitation of Patrice Wills. In addition, join prominent female First Nations artists Aunty Roz Webb and Tarni Eastwood for conversation and weaving with Women’s Weaving and Connections every Thursday, and artist Debra Beale with two sessions of jewellery making with Australian Bush Jewellery.

Open Studio

Looking to connect with your creativity?

Open studio provides a supportive place for you to begin and learn the basics or continue to develop your artistic voice.

Undertake a guided artistic task, or pursue your own interests and work on your own project with individually tailored practical guidance and support. Make the most of this vibrant creative hub to form connections and creative alliances that will strengthen and sustain your practice.  Expanding your exposure to new skills, opportunities, critical feedback and different perspectives from like-minded creatives. Suitable for all skill levels. Materials supplied.

Facilitator Patrice Wills
Date Wednesdays, 27 April – 29 June 2022
Time 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Cost $15 per session + booking fees
Age Adults and young people

Patrice Wills has an extensive professional background working and training in visual arts, education, and health, traversing work in public arts programming. Patrice brings this life experience to her artistic practice which reflects on and explores the human condition and spirit. Patrice is an award winning artist and producer of the Blacktown Arts workshop program. Patrice’s work is exhibited regularly, and frequently selected as a finalist in art awards and accrued in private and public collections.

Australian Bush Jewellery

Gamilaraay/ Wonnarua and Boonwurung/Palawa artist Debra Beale leads two very special workshops this April and May.

Join Debra as she shares technical knowledge and cultural connections to Country through participatory workshops in Australian bush jewellery making.

Using native flowers, seeds, leaves and other materials, participants will be guided on how to assemble, secure and design original pieces of wearable art.

Every participant will create 2 – 5 pieces per workshop.

Facilitator Debra Beale
Date Fridays 29 April and 13 May 2022
Time 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Free admission
For all ages

Debra Beale is an emerging Aboriginal female artist stemming from the Gamilaraay/ Wonnarua and Boonwurung/Palawa nations across Australia.

She is passionate about bringing Aboriginal art and culture to life using contemporary media and traditional themes through mediums such as Australian bush jewellery, paintings, sculpture, sculpture installations, photography, ceramics and textiles.

Debra’s work is made on Country at her studio located in Warrimoo (Where Eagles Land), which is part of the Australian Blue Mountains, Darug Nation. Her studio is a place where people can experience an Aboriginal cultural journey connecting to Country and viewing her artwork with song lines of one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

Women’s Weaving and Connection

Blacktown Arts invites everyone to join our Women’s Weaving and Connections.

Yarn with Aunty Roz in a warm and welcoming environment to connect with culture, community family, and weave with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood as she passes down her knowledge on traditional and contemporary Aboriginal weaving techniques.

Facilitator Aunty Roz Webb and Tarni Eastwood
Date Thursdays, 12 May – 30 June 2022
Time 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Free admission
For all ages

Aunty Roz Web has lived in western Sydney for 40 years.  and She has taught as an Aboriginal teacher for Western Sydney Institute of TAFE for 23 years, and through this role has worked with The Aboriginal Medical Centre, Holy Family and Baabayan. She has worked with many community organisations and is passionate about mentoring young people and community. By night, Aunty Roz is a singer for a number of bands including Vintage Four.

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 contributions to revitalise the culture whilst providing a safe space to pass down creative knowledge.

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.
  • Our nearest café is the Young Lions coffee cart, located 200m directly across the road from the Arts Centre on Flushcombe Rd with opening hours 7.15 am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday.
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