|Online Event, Bendigo VIC 3550|
|Free for DATTA members only|
Please note this is a DATTA Victoria members only event.
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion, Australia’s first major survey of Indigenous Australian Fashion will be opening soon at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Join us for an online end of year celebration for teachers and explore this unique exhibition with the Curator and Bendigo Art Gallery’s First Nation’s Curator Shonae Hobson.
Shonae’s talk will include images from the exhibition and on Country as well as information about:
- Artists and Designers in the exhibition, such as Lyn -Al Young, Arkie Barton and Grace Lillian Lee.
- An exploration of artists connection to Country and how this relationship is reflected in all aspects of their designs.
- How Indigenous artists and designers practice sustainability, from their choice and harvesting of materials, to their use of natural dyes, recycled materials and upcycling.
- The role of Community Art Centres around Australia and their importance in supporting artists practice and promotion.
At the end of the presentation Shonae, along with Margot Feast (Bendigo Art Gallery Education Officer) and Laura Murphy from DATTA Victoria will lead a discussion with teachers around ideas for bringing an Indigenous perspective and activities into the classroom.
Don’t forget to bring a glass of wine for your special exhibition preview and to celebrate the end of this one-of-a-kind year!
“For me, the word Piinpi was important to use as it encapsulated a lot of what the exhibition was about. For Indigenous peoples, our knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important as it signifies the abundance of certain bush foods, when we can travel, and when is a good time to collect traditional materials for ceremony and dance,” Ms Hobson said. “Many of the garments selected for the exhibition are an expression of Country and contemporary Indigenous culture. Through the use of natural and recycled materials, traditional weaving techniques and hand-painted prints. First Nations artists and designers are expressing their culture and connection to Country in very exciting and bold ways – distinct from anything else being produced around the world – and this is something worth celebrating.” Shonae Hobson