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Gallery Tours for Schools and Groups
Jul
22
to Dec 22

Gallery Tours for Schools and Groups

Schools and groups are invited to join us for FREE gallery highlights tour at Mundaring Arts Centre. Gain an insider’s view and perspective into the themes of our exhibitions, as well as discover more about the creative arts in Mundaring.

Days and times can be flexible
FREE for groups of 10 or more

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What On Earth Open Day
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

What On Earth Open Day

Mundaring will be bursting with a day of action, history and natural wonders when the What On Earth Open Day plants the seed of creativity in the town centre.

Community groups, artists and businesses from across WA have come together to showcase their botanical passion, with a plethora of plant sales, interactive art activities, natural dyeing demonstrations, environmental displays and more.

The Mundaring Arts Centre, Hall, Sculpture Park and surrounds will be ‘blossoming’ with a cross-pollination of hands on activities, food, displays, talks and locally crafted things to buy. Soak up the atmosphere and get your hands dirty!

Sun 29 Sep | 10am - 3pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE

Would you like to present your botanically inspired product as part of the Open Day markets?

As part of the floral festivities the Mundaring Rotary Club will be coordinating a market on Nichol Street from 10am -3pm featuring an array of botanically inspired products for sale such as native seeds, flowers and potted plants, bees wax products, as well as floral related soaps, beauty products, foods, fashion and artwork.

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Artist Talk with Susie Vickery

Susie Vickery has worked for over two decades as a costumier for theatre in Australia and the UK. Her embroidered animations, automata and textile pieces are inspired by her community engagement and development work. For Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist Vickery has worked with a range of collaborators including installation artist Nathan Crotty, natural dye and print artists Holly Story and Penny Jewell, Milliner Susi Rigg as well as Langford Aboriginal Association’s Yarning and Sewing Group. Learn more about the project and Susie’s arts practice as she guides you around the installation.

12pm - 1pm (FULLY BOOKED)
or 1.45pm - 2:45pm | Suitable for adults
FREE | Bookings essential
Mundaring Arts Centre Gallery 1

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More than one way to sow

The Embroiders’ Guild of Western Australia invite you to see an exquisite showcase of flora inspired textiles. Drop in for a short textile conservation talk at 10.30am or 2.30pm, notes supplied.

10am - 3pm | Display
10.30am & 2.30pm | Talks
FREE
Mundaring Hall

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Paper-making

Join artist Mary Ann Dawson, learn the ancient art of paper making and create your own wildflower paper from recycled and collected materials.

10am - 3pm
FREE
Mundaring Sculpture Park

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Cultivate your curiosity

Visit the Sogestsu Ikebana and Gould League displays in the Mundaring Lesser Hall. Discover the fine art of flower arranging, science education and wildlife protection whilst unleashing your creative flair. Grab an easel and have a go drawing the floral installation or one of the live invertebrates (phasmids, scorpions and trapdoor spiders) from the Gould League. With a range of art materials provided, you're free to draw a blooming masterpiece

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Plough on

Explored the centre of town? Take a short trek through the Mundaring Sculpture Park and visit Craigie House to see the botanically inspired displays and activities. Learn the lost skills of leadlight, woodcraft, upholstery, basketry and much more with the members of Mundaring Sharing. Drop by, purchase a boomerang bag and then stuff it full of handcrafted goodies.

10am - 3pm
FREE
Craigie House

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Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Transform materials from the earth into your own unique textile fabric in this 2 hour workshop with textile artist Trudi Pollard. Trudi will prepare a natural indigo fermenting vat using fruit and earth minerals in an eco-friendly way then show you how to transform a homespun cotton fat quarter into a special textile using Shibori techniques. More info >

1pm - 3pm
Suitable for 12+ yrs
$44 | $40 Members Materials supplied
Mundaring Sculpture Park

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Colourful dancers

Enjoy a performance by Bollywood Bandwagon; a proud and colourful display of Indian culture brought to you by dancers who embody true Bollywood spirit.

11am | FREE

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The Hall is the place to bee

The Mundaring Hall will be bursting with community group and business displays, artisan demonstrations, interactive art activities, food and locally crafted things to buy.

Bee amazed by the diversity of botanically inspired displays, with offerings from Sogetsu Ikebana, Embroiders Guild of WA, EMRC, Nearer to Nature, Boffins Books, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre, Mundaring and Hills Historical Society, the Shire of Mundaring, Zanthorrea Nursery, Printmakers Association of WA, Mundaring Men’s Shed, Lost Mundaring, The Gould League, White Peacock Studios, Kathlyne’s Café and more!

10am - 3pm
FREE
Mundaring Hall

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Learn about pollination by fur and feathers

When you hear about pollination you probably think about bees - but birds, bats, small mammals and even lizards are all important pollinators too. Here in the South West corner of Western Australia, we have more plants that rely on bird and mammal pollination than anywhere else in the world. Join Bronwyn Ayre, ecologist and PhD researcher from the University of Western Australia, as she talks about our incredible bird and mammal pollinators, the plants that rely on them, and their role in pollinating our State Floral emblem, the remarkable Red and Green Kangaroo Paw.

2pm - 2.30pm Mundaring FREE
Mundaring Lesser hall

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Have a go - Printmaking

Join the talented artists from the Printmakers Association of WA (PAWA) and try your hand at printmaking. Create a simple design, then print and add to a collaborative “Wild Bouquet” of community designs using a burnishing method.

View the stunning works created by PAWA members of the group.

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Get the dirt

Enjoy a botanical book from Boffins. Have a chat with the knowledgeable literary lovers and explore the vast array of wonderful books on show.

10am -3pm I Free

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Seed Library and Paperbacks

Take a look through Mundaring Seed Savers Seed Library, a free community-based source of locally cultivated fruit, vegetable and flower seeds. Listen to stories with Pixie from the Glen Forrest Community Garden, make origami seed envelopes, grab a raffle ticket and check out the giveaways.

Peruse an array of botanically themed books and check out the line-up of environmental speakers at the Mundaring Library.

11am - 2pm
FREE
Mundaring Library

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Spring back in time

Take a photo among the flowers with Mundaring & Hills Historical Society’s cut out. A range of potted native plants, will also be available for sale.


10am - 3pm
FREE
Mundaring Station Master’s House

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Guess what on earth is that?

Challenge the grey mater, take the ‘What On Earth is That? Quiz’.

Identify an array of seeds, leaves, nuts and flowers in this fun quiz for your chance to take home the ‘What On Earth Is That?’ trophy.

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Pollen, Cloth and Felted Seed Pods

with Sarah Toohey and Katrina Virgona

Visit the Gallery 2 Seed Pods and Pollen exhibition and try your hand at stitch and felting with two of WA’s finest textile artists.

11am - 2pm
FREE
Mundaring Arts Centre Gallery 2

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Make a bee hotel

Join Environmentalist Cathy Levett to learn about our native pollinators and the important role they play for WA wildflowers. Create a simple native bee hotel from recycled materials

11am - 1pm
FREE

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council display will also feature information about friends groups, land care volunteering, environmental education, their Bush Skills for the Hills and Youth programs.

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Have a go - Wheel throwing

Visit Deanne Parker, view the handcrafted ceramic wares created in White Peacock Studios, then try your hand at wheel throwing and ceramic mark making before perhaps purchasing a special something to take home.

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Propagate some knowledge

Cultivate your writing, learn how to publish a book or tell a story with ‘Wild Weeds Press’ and the writers from Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre.

10am - 3pm
FREE
Mundaring Library

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Wogga Rugs

An important part of Australia’s textile history, traditionally Woggas were made by men using four or five unopened wheat or jute flour bags. These rugs were sewn together using a bag needle and lengths of twine freely available in farm sheds (1860–1960). Visit Trudi Pollard as she displays her collection of Woggas and demonstrates their beauty, importance and adaptability.

10am - 12.30pm
FREE
Mundaring Sculpture Park

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Trek the wildflower trail

Follow a 500 metre trail from the Mundaring Station Master’s House to Craigie House (home of Mundaring Sharing), and find out more about the area’s natural and built heritage along the way.

10am - 3pm
FREE

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Bush Bounty

Pop into the Mundaring District Museum to see Bush Bounty, a historical display exploring the many ways people, past and present, encountered West Australian flora. From food and medicine, to decoration on clothing and domestic items, this exhibition celebrates how the State’s extraordinary botanical diversity has been utilised in the everyday and commonplace.

10am - 3pm
FREE
Mundaring District Museum

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Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Trudi Pollard
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Trudi Pollard

Be inspired by the natural setting of the Mundaring Sculpture Park and transform materials from the earth into your own unique textile fabric in this 2 hour workshop with textile artist Trudi Pollard. Trudi will share her passion for natural dyes, explaining new and innovative techniques developed from ancient cultures whilst guiding you to create a patterned fabric piece using Indigo and natural mordents. Trudi will prepare a natural indigo fermenting vat using fruit and earth minerals in an eco-friendly way then show you how to transform a homespun cotton fat quarter into a special textile using Shibori techniques. After the session you will receive a free copy of Trudi’s Natural Dyeing booklet that includes special recipes to create your own natural dyes.

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. 

Sun 29 Sep | 1pm - 3pm | Suitable for 12+ yrs 
$44 | $40 Members | Materials supplied 
Mundaring Sculpture Park Corner of Jacoby and Nichol St Mundaring WA

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Felted Pods with Katrina Virgona
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Felted Pods with Katrina Virgona

Katrina Virgona will teach 3D felting techniques inspired by the investigation of native pod forms using wool fleece and thread. Intriguing forms will be explored and reinvented throughout the process of learning and making. 

Sat 5 Oct | 9am - 12pm | Suitable for 15+ yrs
$45 | $40.50 Members | Materials supplied

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Joan Johnson | In-conversation
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

Joan Johnson | In-conversation

Join us in the gallery as exhibiting artist Joan Johnson shares insight into the concepts behind her solo exhibition Hold On! and discuss her creative processes.

Sun 28 Jul | 1pm - 2pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE

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Felted Pods with Katrina Virgona
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Felted Pods with Katrina Virgona

Katrina Virgona will teach 3D felting techniques inspired by the investigation of native pod forms using wool fleece and thread. Intriguing forms will be explored and reinvented throughout the process of learning and making.

Participants will be invited to return their creations for the community exhibition Seeds, Pods & Pollen at Mundaring Arts Centre 13 Sep - 27 Oct 2019.

Sat 27 Jul | 10am - 1pm | Suitable for 16+ yrs
$45 | $40.50 Members | Materials supplied

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Continuity and Change; Future | In Conversation
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Continuity and Change; Future | In Conversation

Join Continuity and Change; Future artists as they share insight into their collaborative journey. Facilitated by curators Greg Sikich and Jess Boyce, artists will discuss the creative processes and how they have navigated the task of working collaboratively.

Sat 29 Jun | 1pm - 2pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE

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Afternoon Stitch with Claire Bushby & Sophie Nixon
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Afternoon Stitch with Claire Bushby & Sophie Nixon

Join Continuity and Change artists Claire Bushby and Sophie Nixon for an afternoon of patchwork stitching. Bring some fabrics that are meaningful to you and learn some embroidery and quilting skills. This workshop will be most suitable for beginner to intermediate stitchers. Basic fabrics, embroidery threads and sewing needles will be supplied but participants are encouraged to bring along any special materials.

Sat 22 Jun | 1pm - 4pm | Suitable for 7+ yrs
$20 | $18 Members | Materials supplied

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Magnify | Magnificence Textiles Workshop with Kate Campbell-Pope
Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

Magnify | Magnificence Textiles Workshop with Kate Campbell-Pope

PART OF THE WHAT ON EARTH PROJECT

Kate Campbell-Pope will teach 3D fibre form construction inspired by the investigation of seeds, pods, and pollen, using natural fibres, threads and plant material, basketry and textiles construction techniques.

The often tiny and overlooked forms will be highlighted and celebrated in this process of learning and making.

Participants will be invited to return their creations for the community exhibition Seeds, Pods and Pollen at Mundaring Arts Centre 13 Sep - 27 Oct 2019.

Fri 7 Jun | 10am - 3pm | Suitable for 16+ yrs
$75 | $67.50 Members | Materials supplied

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Create a Teacup or Tumbler with Lee Woodcock
Apr
18
12:30 PM12:30

Create a Teacup or Tumbler with Lee Woodcock

Learn the art of hand building with local potter, Lee Woodcock. Lee will guide you through pinch pot processes to create your own tumbler or teacup. This family friendly workshop is open to all ages.

Clay, tools and firing costs are all included. Collect your fired teacup in a couple of weeks after it has been glazed and fired.

Thu 18 Apr | 12.30 - 2pm | Suitable for all ages
$20 | $18 Members | Materials supplied

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Acrylic Painting with Alastair Taylor
Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Acrylic Painting with Alastair Taylor

During the school holidays immerse yourself in the world of a creative artist and learn the art of acrylic painting with Alastair Taylor. You will learn how to capture a scene, explore colour and brush strokes to create a series of small boards to take home.

Tue 16 Apr | 10am - 1pm | Suitable for 12+ yrs
$30 | $27 Members | Materials supplied 

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Meet the Artists | Denise Brown and Cathy Swioklo
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Meet the Artists | Denise Brown and Cathy Swioklo

Denise Brown and Cathy Swioklo will share insight into their artworks which look close to home when exploring the concept of survival. Denise, through her use of pencil drawings, gives a personal perspective of a domestic environment under threat of violence. Using pit fired ceramic sculptures and pastel drawings, Cathy responds to an ever present fear of a bushfire.

Sun 14 Apr | 1 - 2pm
FREE

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Meet the Artists | Peter Dailey and Bev Iles
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Meet the Artists | Peter Dailey and Bev Iles

Join Peter Dailey and Bev Iles as they explore their responses to Survival: Fight or Flight. Peter will unpack his use of paint to create images that question the issue of survival for all living things. Bev will talk through her use of recycled building materials as she explores the precarious concept of shelter under threat from natural disasters.

Sun 7 Apr | 1 - 2pm
FREE

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Artist Talk – Louise Wells & Claire Davenhall
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk – Louise Wells & Claire Davenhall

Come along to hear the stories, process and inspiration behind the exhibitions Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives and Lost Soles. Both Louise Wells and Claire Davenhall will provide insights into their creative practice and how individual story factors into their works.

Sat 15 Dec | 1pm – 2pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Meet the Artist – Louise Wells
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Artist – Louise Wells

Drop in between 11am - 2pm for the chance to chat with Louise Wells about her work in her solo exhibition Of the Time - Ordinary Lives. Learn about her contemporary textiles practice in which she explores the changing roles, responsibilities and expectations of the women in her family across the decades.

Sat 8 Dec | 11am – 2pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Wheel Throwing for Beginners with Lee Woodcock
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Wheel Throwing for Beginners with Lee Woodcock

Local ceramicist Lee Woodcock will lead you through this 4 week course designed for beginners to develop the skills required to confidently use a pottery wheel. Over the course of the three hour sessions you will learn varying throwing techniques as well as how to glaze and adorn your unique vessels.

Clay, tools and firing costs are all included. Only seven spots available in this intimate series, be sure to book to secure your place. One left-handed wheel available.

Wednesdays 28 Nov - 19 Dec | 6pm - 9pm | Suitable for 16+ yrs
$270 | $243 MAC Members | Materials Supplied - Please wear enclosed shoes and bring an apron
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Worn Out Worn Art Wearable Art Parade
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Worn Out Worn Art Wearable Art Parade

For thirteen years the Worn Out Worn Art (WOWA) Wearable Art Project has captivated audiences, showcasing exceptional wearable art designed by local primary and secondary school students and artists. In 2018 WOWA is being re-invented, celebrating creativity and sustainability with a wearable art exhibition complimented by the annual parade.

The WOWA Parade is a culmination of a year-long series of workshops where young people and artists from across the Eastern region have pushed the creative boundaries to create dynamic wearable art from recycled and found materials. This year more than 40 performers are expected to parade their incredible sculptures for the body constructed from discarded, unloved, organic and mechanical parts, which will be complimented by creative face paint and hair do’s.

Talented young jazz guitarist Todd Byrom-Carter and soulful vocalist Sinead O'Hara are joining forces as Eerie Anne to open the parade with their exceptional and unique take on classic old and new hits.

Join us for what promises to be an especially colourful and festive parade held for the first time this year in the historic Midland Junction Arts Centre! 

Presented by Mundaring Arts Centre and Act-Belong-Commit Elevate Arts, the Worn Out Worn Art project provides an outlet for creativity and self-expression. The project encourages young people to think outside the box exploring ideas, concepts and materials in innovative and unconventional ways.

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Sat 24 Nov | 7pm – 8pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Contemporary Bibbulmun Weaving with Lea Taylor
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Bibbulmun Weaving with Lea Taylor

Back by POPULAR DEMAND!

Join Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor to learn contemporary Bibbulmun weaving using raffia, string and natural fibres.

Over four weeks you will make a coiled basket, clay based basket, wall piece and small sculpture using natural fibres and raffia.

Thursdays 15 Nov - 6 Dec | 1pm - 4pm | Suitable for 16+ yrs
$115 | $103.50 MAC Members | Materials supplied
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA 

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Meet the Artists - Studio Payoka
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Meet the Artists - Studio Payoka

Join Studio Payoka artists Adam Ismail, William Leggett and Rory Dax Paton anytime between 12pm - 5pm and learn about their individual practices and shared work environment.

Fri 9 Nov | 12pm to 5pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Drypoint and Woodcut Workshop with Monika Lukowska
Nov
1
to Nov 8

Drypoint and Woodcut Workshop with Monika Lukowska

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Over two sessions the artist will teach two printmaking techniques. On the first evening participants will learn the technique of drypoint, an intaglio printmaking technique where lines are scratched directly into the plate. On the second evening use wood carving tools to create your woodblock and achieve a variety of marks, from fine, detailed lines and bold shapes.

Thursdays 1 & 8 Nov | 6pm - 9pm | Suitable for 16+ yrs 
$90 | $81 MAC Members | Materials supplied
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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New Inventions Sculpture Workshop with Neil Elliott
Oct
16
to Oct 17

New Inventions Sculpture Workshop with Neil Elliott

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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 | Materials list > 
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Midland 'What a Tool' Open Day
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Midland 'What a Tool' Open Day

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 before!

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ROBOT INVASION WOODWORKING

Let your imagination run wild in this educational and easy-to-follow woodworking workshop with Tracey Laird. Participants will use hammers, screwdrivers, drills and saws to create robot beings from wood scraps and various other materials.

10.30am - 12pm
6 - 10 yrs
$20 | $18 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Metal forgery Demonstration

Watch as Reg transforms commonplace metal into unique items of beauty (and perhaps be lucky enough to take one home!)

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Virtual Reality 3D Painting

Technology has become an essential tool for modern living and advances have re-defined how we live our lives. Virtual reality seemed like a pipedream for many years, but in recent years it has completely transformed.

Avoid all pre-conceived ideas and create without limitations in this state of the art VR set up curtesy of the Ballajura Library. Paint with fire, sculpt with light, create under the stars or under the sea – the possibilities are endless! Exceptional advances in VR technology can only be experienced to be understood.

Be warned, 5 minutes is just a taster of this amazingly addictive and fascinating technology. Courtesy of the City of Swan Libraries.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Freestyle creations using WOod

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 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.

12.30pm - 2.30pm
10 - 13 yrs
$20 | $18 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Painted abstract sculpture

Have a go using everyday tools such as pliers, ties, nails and hammers to construct your own small wood and wire sculpture. Renowned sculptor Jen Cochrane will assist you in your design as your adorn and paint your finished piece.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Stop Motion Animation

Join master of animation Steven Aiton to create a collaborative stop motion animation, using the latest technology and old tools from the Midland Railyards.

11am - 2pm
FREE

Midland and Districts Historical Society

Explore the history of Midland

Look back with the Midland and Districts Historical Society Inc.

The society will be displaying a large number of early photographs of Midland and the WA Government Railways Workshops (1904-1994).

Society members will be on hand during the day to answer questions and impart their knowledge of the local area.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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paper, scissors, rock printmaking

Using rock, paper and scissors as both the inspiration and instrument, join artist Monique Bosshard-Curby in this experimental printmaking workshop and leave with a small series of unique prints.

11am - 2pm
15+ yrs
$30 | $27 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Large scale ceramics demonstration

Lee Woodcock is working in residence at MJAC all week in the lead up to Open Day. Learn about the process of construction as he demonstrates the use of unique tools building a pot over 2 metres in size.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Large-scale cane Zodiac Boat

Over 200 participants started the life-size zodiac boat structure at this year’s Avon Descent and we need your help to complete it! Join the Studio Payoka team and use cane, ties, tape and other tools to finish the colossal sculpture depicting a “tool” of transport.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Paper, Scissors, Rock Printmaking Workshop with Monique Bosshard-Curby
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Paper, Scissors, Rock Printmaking Workshop with Monique Bosshard-Curby

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.

Please wear enclosed shoes. 

Sun 7 Oct | 11am - 2pm | Suitable for 15+ yrs
$30 | $27 MAC Members | Materials supplied
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Cuttlebone Cast Treasure with Sarah Elson
Sep
30
12:30 PM12:30

Cuttlebone Cast Treasure with Sarah Elson

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.

Sunday 30 September | 12.30pm - 3.30pm | Suitable for 14+ years
$60 | $54 MAC Members | Materials supplied
Mundaring Hall Corner of Nichol and Jacoby St Mundaring WA

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D.I.Y Earrings with Bethamy Linton
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

D.I.Y Earrings with Bethamy Linton

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.

Please wear enclosed shoes.

Sunday 30 September | 11am - 1pm | Suitable for 14+ years
$60 | $54 MAC Members | Materials supplied
Mundaring Hall Corner of Nichol and Jacoby St Mundaring WA

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Mundaring 'What a Tool' Open Day
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Mundaring 'What a Tool' Open Day

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. Read on >

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D.I.Y. earrings

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.

11am - 1pm
14+ yrs
$60 | $54 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Clamp Down

Learn about marvellous hand tools and steam engines with the members of the Men’s Shed, Machine Preservation Society, Fine Woodwork Association, Perth Wood School and Hand Tool Preservation Society of WA as they show their wares and chat with visitors about their respective clubs.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Get Crafty

Learn the lost skills of quilt making, stained glass, mosaic, card making with the ladies from the Mundaring Sharing. This Perth Hills group is renowned for their diverse talents and regular community classes. Drop by, purchase a boomerang bag and then stuff it full of handcrafted goodies.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Arbortech Tool Demos

Worried about how to construct your next big D.I.Y project without getting hurt? See the amazing people at the Arbortech tent and learn about their specialist masonry and woodworking tools created from the vision of founder Kevin Inkster. “Inventing has always been a love of mine and most of our tools are a result of experimentation.” Today, Arbortech is internationally renowned for pushing the status quo. They are makers and innovators with a drive for creating unrivalled products that allow better, safer, easier and more enjoyable work.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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cuttlebone cast treasure

Learn the art of carving and casting to create your own wearable treasure. Join artist Sarah Elson as she shares her passion for metal working and helps you see the potential for creating unique forms. You will design, carve and pour your very own wearable sculpture in this session.

12.30pm - 3.30pm
14+ yrs
$60 | $54 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Working with Clay

White Peacock Studios will be doing demonstrations on wheel throwing and turning and giving you the opportunity to have a go and learn how to use the wheel. Our locally made ceramic wares will also be on show for you to purchase or just have a browse.

11am -3pm
FREE

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Adaptive Tools for Riding

Assisting people with disability to enjoy horse riding and equine care for 41 years, the Riding for the Disabled Hills Group showcases a range of adaptive tools for riding and demonstrate how to make a horse lead.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Down Tools

Enjoy a tool-ish book from Boffins. Have a chat with the knowledgeable literary lovers and explore the vast array of wonderful books on show, Whatever your passion, there's a book for you at Boffins. Boffins is an independent bookshop operating since 1989.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Billy Cart Building

The Mount Helena Residents and Ratepayers are showcasing extraordinary Billy Carts and how to make them. Visitors are encouraged to take the instructions and then participate in the Billy Cart Festival to be held on 28 October in Mount Helena.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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The Art of Blacksmithing

Master Blacksmith Brian showcases his skills alongside his apprentice, artist Rachel Wyder. Utilising a charcoal forge and the ancient skill of shaping molten metal these artisans will share their skills and knowledge throughout the day.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Printmaking Have a Go

Join the talented artists from the Printmakers Association of WA, learn about printmaking tools and try your hand at the printmaking Have a Go station.

Visitors are invited to create a simple design, then print and add to a collaborative “Wild Bouquet” of community designs using a burnishing method. Then view the stunning works created by members of the group.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Drill Down

Challenge the grey matter, take the What’s That Tool? Quiz with the Shire of Mundaring, Chamber of Commerce and Mundaring & Hills Historical Society and be in the running to win the What’s That Tool? Trophy.

Or learn how to publish a book, tell a story and find out about the “writing tools of the trade” including e-publishing with the writers from Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Brace Yourself

Whether you're a complete beginner or skilled woodworker, Perth Wood School has everything you need to create your own masterpiece. David from Perth Wood School will be giving demonstrations of woodworking with traditional hand tools including saws, chisels hand planes and more.

11am - 3pm
FREE

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Live music

Enjoy the sounds of Kovu, the alternative folk project of Alexander Turner from 11:30-12:30pm.

Brought up on the sounds of the West Australian folk scene, Alexander shares colourful stories that sit somewhere between home and elsewhere.

Grace Saunders will be performing from 1-2:30pm. The singer-songwriter from Perth Western Australia combines jazz, soul, folk and classic rock influences to create a genre-bending body of work focusing on melody and lyrics.

FREE

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Earth Friendly Ceramic Cups with Annemieke Mulders
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Earth Friendly Ceramic Cups with Annemieke Mulders

Create your own re-usable and earth friendly cup with renowned ceramicist Annemieke Mulders. 

Annemieke will demonstrate how to construct your cup using hand building techniques so the silicone lid fits perfectly. Then in the second session learn how to glaze your cup to make a beautiful and functional piece of art.

Annemieke’s distinctive ceramic works are stocked nationally in exclusive galleries and retail spaces.

Cups will be fired and should be ready to collect from MJAC week of 16 - 19 October.

Wednesday 26 September 6pm - 9pm & Wednesday 10 October 6pm - 8pm
$90 | $81 MAC Members | Materials supplied | Suitable for 16+ years
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Instrumental | Artist and Curatorial Talk
Sep
23
12:30 PM12:30

Instrumental | Artist and Curatorial Talk

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. 

Sun 23 Sep | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Suitable for 14+ yrs
$5 | $4.50 MAC Members
Mundaring Arts Centre 7190 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Nichol St Mundaring WA

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Kung-Fu Tea Ceremony with Carol Natalotto
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Kung-Fu Tea Ceremony with Carol Natalotto

To celebrate the Antipodean Encounters and Tea Ware Exhibition Opening, take part in a traditional Kung-Fu Tea Ceremony. Kung fu means ‘art’, ‘skill’ and ‘effort’. In the context of tea preparation, it literally means making tea with effort and dedication, to brew a perfect cup of tea in a more artistic way. This also extends to the art of tasting tea, which also requires ‘skill’.

Slow down and join Carol Natalotto as she shares her tea making skills.

Saturday 15 September | 1pm – 2pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Antipodean Encounters | In-conversation Session 2
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Antipodean Encounters | In-conversation Session 2

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Join the artists and their Taiwanese partners as they talk about the experience of their cultural exchange, and what they learned of one another’s culture, art and history through participating in A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth.

In this session meet Perdita Philips, Vanessa Wallace, Belle Hsiung, Keira Tsui, Shona McGregor, Carol Natalotto, Carmela Corvaia, and Eva Willicombe. 

The session will be facilitated by project coordinator and exhibition curator Ashley Yihsin Chang and chaired by Deborah Pearson, Group Coordinator Arts and Health, St John of God Healthcare and Chairperson WA Arts and Health Consortium and Nyanda Smith, freelance writer and editor.

Saturday 15 September | 11am – 12pm | Suitable for 16+ years
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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Introduction to Drawing Basics with Mel Dare
Sep
6
to Sep 27

Introduction to Drawing Basics with Mel Dare

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Learn fundamental drawing approaches and skills with the guidance of professional practising artist and educator Melanie Dare. During the 4 week course you will be introduced to a variety of drawing principles such as proportion, form, shading, tone, line, mark making and perspective as well as traditional drawing materials. For art novices and those wanting to brush up on drawing basics.

Thursdays 6, 13, 20 & 27 September | 6pm - 9pm | Suitable for 16+ years
$120 | $108 MAC Members | Materials list >
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner Cale St Midland WA

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Tea Dao Workshop with Henri Lebedev
Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Tea Dao Workshop with Henri Lebedev

Join Henri Lebedev, tea enthusiast and QiGong practitioner, over a cup of tea. Learn  about the history of Tea,  growing and brewing methods, tea tasting, tea in Asian cultures, the meaning of Chinese tea character, and the Dao. ‘Dao’ in the context of tea, means the "Way of Tea" and is related to the Buddhist, Confucian and Daoist Schools, who used tea as a tool, medicine, tonic and source of inspiration. Following the introduction to tea, stay for a guided tea meditation. 

Saturday 25 August | 12pm – 1pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE
Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Hwy Corner of Cale St Midland WA

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