ACT-BELONG-COMMIT ELEVATE ARTS
About the project
Our relationships with tools are obvious, subtle and complex. We love and fear them; they are the means by which we improve and change our lives.
'What a Tool' is a cross-community project involving local arts and cultural organisations working together to engage new audiences to investigate and celebrate our relationships with tools - past, present and future.
The project includes exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and events with a vast array of historical tools, heritage crafts, new inventions and performances to ignite a love for the creations we make to solve the task at hand…
Rory Dax Paton, Adam Ismail and William Leggett shared insights into the industrial, multidisciplinary arts undertaken at Studio Payoka in the Perth Hills. Presenting two and three dimensional works demonstrating their prowess with constructed objects, experimental print and painting techniques.
OPEN SUN 7 OCT 11AM - 3PM, WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM
Revisiting the Midland Railway Workshop’s significant contribution to the social and economic fabric of the Eastern region, works from the City of Swan Art Collection by Penny Coss and Nigel Hewitt were displayed alongside contemporary photographic works by Eva Fernandez. Historians Jude Carr and Lisa Buck presented historical photographs, oral histories and rail objects in juxtaposition to Futures Lab’s interactive digital railway pattern 3D printing installation. Capturing the aesthetic of the workshop patterns and reinterpreting local social history this exhibition brought together a blend of approaches and eras to ignite new discoveries.
OPEN SUN 7 OCT 11AM - 2PM, WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM
Part of the What, a Tool Project
Curated by Jude van der Merwe
Olga Cironis, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, Kevin Draper, Stuart Elliott, Sarah Elson, Dawn Gamblen, Phil Gamblen, Peter Hill, Angela McHarrie, Denise Pepper, Monique Tippett and Tony Windberg reflected on the tools they employ in their arts practice and reminded us that, as makers and thinkers, tools are an essential part of an artist’s life. Works presented encapsulated the conventional and the technological to the metaphorical, with a number of artists drawn to concepts of an earlier history and tradition.
PRESENTED BY MUNDARING & HILLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Made in Mundaring explores the some of the fascinating tools and objects that have shaped the Mundaring region. From the Jarrah slabs felled in the Perth Hills and sent to pave the streets of London, to the beautiful stained-glass windows made by Gowers & Brown for churches throughout WA, the range of tools, building materials, domestic objects, artworks, and inventions made locally is extraordinary.
Join Studio Payoka artists Adam Ismail, William Leggett and Rory Dax Paton and learn about their individual practices, shared work environment and our current exhibition Remembering Tomorrow.
Drop in anytime between 12pm and 5pm on Friday 9 November.
Watch the amazing creations hurtle down the hill and then join Mundaring Arts Centre artists to create your own Retro Billy Cart at the community festival.
Using a variety of recycled materials, arts and motor enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, create your Hill Trolley and take part in the great race! Participants will take their marks and run “drive” the course to win a selection of prizes.
Sunday 28 October | 10am - 2pm |Free
Evans Street, Mount Helena
PRESENTED BY THE MOUNT HELENA RESIDENTS AND RATE PAYERS ASSOCIATION
Race a Billy Cart down the main street of the historic saw milling village of Mount Helena.
Design, build and enter the Billy Cart race, with prizes for winning contestants. Dress for the period theme or just come along to see the action. An event for all the family, for young and old, the race will be complimented by a host of vintage themed attractions, including create your own Billy Cart activities by Mundaring Arts Centre.
Sunday 28 October | 9am - 4pm | Free
Evans Street, Mount Helena
PRESENTED BY THE MUNDARING CAMERA CLUB
Celebrating the tools we use to create, fix and modify, the Mundaring Camera Club presents a suite of photographic images as part of the What a Tool community project.
Club members have selected images to showcase different perspectives, the interplay of light and subject demonstrating each photographer’s interpretation of the “Tool” theme.
PRESENTED BY SHIRE OF MUNDARING LIBRARIES AND KSP WRITERS' CENTRE
Rhyme, repetition, stanza, alliteration, are just some of the tools of poetry, which in itself is an instrument of communication and self expression. Join KSP Writers' Centre writer-in-residence Cath Drake Join Cath as she reads from her work and discusses the tools which boost her writing and practice at the Mundaring Library.
Tuesday 9 October | 5.45pm – 6.45pm | Free (bookings essential)
1 Nichol Street, Mundaring
To celebrate the cross-community project What A Tool, come and be a part of an action-packed Open Day full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy.
Midland Junction Arts Centre will be abuzz with live music, food, demonstrations and workshops for people of all ages to ‘drop in’, have a go and soak up the community atmosphere.
Exploring the many uses and applications of various ‘tools’, book in for a formal workshop or simply come along on the day and have a go. Watch artists transform the mundane to the magical using industry specific tools and explore how far technology has taken us with new tools you (may have) never seen
PRESENTED BY ST JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE
Armamentarium shares some of the instruments and equipment from the St John of God Heritage Collection used in the delivery of health care. From the theatre, to the pharmacy and bedside, tools play a vital role in the holistic approach to all of person care.
PRESENTED BY SHIRE OF MUNDARING AND KSP WRITERS' CENTRE
Entries are now open for the Mundaring Poetry Competition 2018 with this year's theme “The tool/s one cannot live without”.
The competition is free to enter with a first prize of $300. Entries close 5pm Friday 5 October 2018. For full entry conditions download an entry form, visit the libraries to pick up one up, or visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au
Brace yourself for a day of action, invention, creativity and history when Mundaring comes alive to the sound of hammers for the What a Tool Open Day.
Community groups, artists and businesses from across WA have come together to showcase the ‘tools of their trades’ and invite the public to soak up the atmosphere and have a go!
The Mundaring Hall and surrounds will be bursting with community group and business displays, forging and artisan demonstrations, interactive art activities, food and locally crafted things to buy.
Join curator Jude van der Merwe and exhibiting artists Tony Windberg, Phil Gamblen and Denise Pepper as they discuss their arts practice and the artworks they have created for 'Instrumental: the distinct pleasures of tools' as part of the 'What, a Tool' project.
PRESENTED BY SHIRE OF MUNDARING LIBRARIES
This one-hour talk unlocks that key to the core elements of story structure. Rebecca Laffar-Smith shares an inside look at what makes the stories we love, compelling and universal. With examples from popular fiction, Rebecca breaks down The Hero's Journey and the foundation of story development.
Using up-cycled materials and found objects, artist and sculptor Neil Elliott will guide you through basic woodworking and metal working techniques to create your own unique sculpture. Working collectively and individually you will learn elements of sculpting whilst employing objects and tools brought from home to develop your technical skills.
This workshop complements the cross-community What, A Tool? Project.
Tuesday 16 October and Wednesday 17 October | 10am - 4pm | Suitable for 16+ years
$200 | $180 MAC Members
To celebrate all things 'tool' related at the What, A Tool? Open Day at MJAC, try your hand at woodworking, and be inspired to create an artistic wooden sculpture of your choice.
This workshop has no set project and is completely participant directed - a perfect opportunity for creative thinkers to try their hand at new skills. Tracey Laird from Perth Kids Shed will demonstrate woodworking techniques and assist in the use of drills, hammers, saws, screw drivers and a variety of other tools for participants to make their own take home sculptural creation. A range of shapes, sizes and types of wood will be provided for participants to as well as extras embellishments to enhance their creations. A small class size of 8 ensures individualised attention, be sure to book to ensure your spot.
Come and celebrate all things 'tool' at the 'What, a Tool?' Open Day at MJAC. Using rock, paper and scissors as both the inspiration and instrument, join artist Monique Bosshard-Curby in this experimental printmaking workshop. Exploring the meaning and usage of these tools, you will develop ideas and print using only these common objects. Explore frottage, monoprint and drypoint/collograph techniques, and be inspired by the dual simplicity and complexity of ancient and modern day tools. Leave with a small series of unique prints.
To celebrate the all things 'tool' related at the What, A Tool? Open Day at MJAC, come and let your imagination run wild in this educational and easy-to-follow woodworking workshop with Tracey Laird from Perth Kids Shed.
Participants will use hammers, screwdrivers, drills and saws to create robot beings from wood scraps and various other materials. With a small class size of 8, this workshop is a perfect opportunity to introduce participants to the basics of woodworking, while ensuring individualised support.
Visit the What, A Tool Open Day in Mundaring and learn the art of carving and casting to create your own wearable treasure. The remains of the magnificent cephalopod - the Cuttlefish provides a soft carve-able surface that will receive the heat of molten metal. Join artist Sarah Elson as she shares her passion for metal working and helps you see the potential for creating unique forms from the humble remains that she has collected at C.Y. O'Connor beach. You will design, carve and pour your very own wearable sculpture in this session.
Learn the "tools of the trade" with renowned WA silversmith and jeweller Bethamy Linton. Create your own unique pair of textured and embellished earrings whilst learning roll-printing metal, cutting and assembling techniques.
FOR THE AVON DESCENT FESTIVAL
Join us in the Mundaring Arts Centre Tent and help artist Si Hummerston to celebrate this annual white water river event by creating a life-size Zodiac boat using cane. Learn how to construct a large scale 3D structure using tools and joining techniques to tape, tie, cut and wire the ‘inflatable’ boat together.
This collaborative community sculpture is a free activity ongoing throughout the day at this year's Avon Descent Festival. Fantastic fun for the whole family!