Weaving Across the Outback > Boolarng Nangamai Partnership

Outback Arts has been working with Boorlarng Nangamai Aboriginal Arts & Culture Studio to deliver workshops and capacity building for Aboriginal arts practitioners and workers since 2012.

Working in partnership with artists from Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art and Culture Studio since 2012 Outback Arts works to facilitate workshops and professional development through a variety of platforms. Weaving and business development workshops have been held in Bourke, Coonamble, Cobar, Gulargambone, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Warren with participants now able to facilitate their own workshops to their local community.

The partnership has led to the fruition of a range of projects alongside the highly successful Museum of Contemporary Arts ‘String Theory’ exhibition which is touring Australia and features works created by local artists which evolved from projects between the two organisations.

Together Dreaming: Building Arts Capacity in the Outback ~ 2014

2012 Weaving workshop participants
2012 Weaving workshop participants

Outback Arts in partnership with Together Dreaming, Boorlarng Nangamai Aboriginal Arts & Culture Studio held a series of professional business development workshops developing artist professional development skills in small arts creative business operations throughout the regions five Local Government Areas. The skills workshops focused on delivering hands on small arts business coaching sessions, develop skills in marketing, networking, arts business management, pitching and maximising economic opportunities.

Workshops also created artistic opportunities through an artist in residence by Giorgia Severi of whom will showcase string made by Aboriginal Artists will be on exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2015 .

For more information on the Country project by Georgia and Outback Arts’ involvement click here

Weaving Across the Outback Masterclass ~ 2013

Following on from the success of the 2012 Weaving Across the Outback tour artists Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art and Cultural Studio visited the region to hold a series of Masterclasses.

Participants at the 2013 Masters Weaving Workshops had  the opportunity to learn further hands on skills of making traditional weaving of NSW and South East Coast.

Following the tour everyone who participated in the workshops had the option to exhibit their weaving in Museum of Contemporary Art ‘String Theory’ Exhibition with Boolarng Nangamai.

Held: August 2012

weaving-pics-web-readyThese 2 day workshops aimed to teach local community members traditional Indigenous weaving practices. Taught by the  Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Artists the workshops were held across the Outback Arts contributing shires and participants were then able to emerge from the workshops with the ability to pass on these skills to their local community.

Interested community members living within the Outback Arts region learnt traditional and contemporary weaving techniques as well as learnt how to harvest, prepare and dye materials to apply different techniques to making objects.

The workshops  were held at local Lands Councils and community centres to teach both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members fibre weaving and created an opportunity to mentor the local Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Officers (RICDOs) who then had the skills base to continue working in this medium with other interested community members and organisations.

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s 2013 Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.

Main image: MCA