Cultural Celebration

Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC) came alive with a Cultural Celebration Day on Sunday 10 September. A lively crowd of approximately 400 people joined in the festivities that included free art and craft activities, two exceptional exhibitions, wonderful food provided by the Tamil Association of WA and culminated with Indian dance and the launch of two large-scale terracotta horses created by International artist in residence, Kasirajan Subbaiah from Tamil Nadu, India.  As one of the few remaining Indian potters known for creating the terracotta horses, Kasirajan was invited to Perth by the Mundaring Arts Centre to join local WA ceramic artists Bernard Kerr, Lee Woodcock and Jan Griffiths from Waringarri Arts Centre (Kununurra) to create new works in the recently opened ceramics studio and share their skills in a series of community workshops. During his stay, Kasirajan also made a smaller horse and a series of Ganesh figures as gifts to the Tamil Association of WA members who hosted him during his residency. The large terracotta horses will now make the short journey from Midland Junction Arts Centre to Entopia Winery in the Swan Valley to be fired in an open air kiln. This firing provides the perfect opportunity for members of the ceramics and arts community to come together, join in on the project and visit the Swan Valley in the lead up to the October Entwined in the Valley events.