Art After Dark – Wuliwulawala: Dharawal Women Sharing Stories
Join the Friends of Hazelhurst for our first Art After Dark evening of 2021, coinciding with Hazelhurst’s Wuliwulawala: Dharawal Women Sharing Stories exhibition.
Enjoy refreshments in the foyer followed by a yarning circle in the Gallery with special guest artist, Kerry Toomey.
Date: Wednesday 5th May 2021
Time/Location: 6pm at Hazelhurst Arts Centre
Cost: Friends of Hazelhurst $5 I Non-members $10 | Free for under 30s
Book now on 8536 5700 or at Art Centre reception.
The yarning circle is a place where connections are made. It has been used to build respectful relationships and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge. Yarning circles can take several formats but generally participants sit in a circle and are encouraged to actively listen to each other’s views. Participants should understand that they are all considered equal within the circle and that there is no hierarchy.
Kerry Toomey is a Gamilaroi woman from Pilliga NSW her language group is Gamilaraay. She has lived in Bundeena for over 30 years. Toomey’s sculptural hat and cap artworks have been created from stories that relate back to her family. They represent her strong connection to Country and culture. These artworks are inspired by stories she grew up with on the outskirts of Pilliga, NSW. She uses emu feathers, echidna quills, feathers, lace and found objects all stitched together onto tissues. The tissues are a throw away commodity just like parts of her cultural history. Toomey has also included a selection of photographs that capture the connection these hats have with her family. They were ochred up for the photoshoot as a way of paying respect to their shared history.