Hazelhurst Arts Centre will hold its popular Hazelhurst At Night event on Friday 1 February where there will be 3 hours of art, music and artist talks while enjoying something to eat and drink in the gallery’s café. The event is also an opportunity to see the major exhibition, ‘Weapons for the soldier’ before it closes on Sunday 3 February.
One of the highlights for the evening is a workshop with Indigenous artist, Kerry Toomey, who will be making dolly pegs. Toomey’s works are inspired by the stories that were told during visits to Minnon Aboriginal Mission on the outskirts of Pilliga, New South Wales. Her grandparents were two of over 6oo Aboriginal people named on the Stolen Wages list, National Indigenous Times May 14, 2009. Her mother told stories of a tough life where they had to forget their old ways and learn to be subservient. These dolly pegs represent the domestic work done by Aboriginal women, kangaroo fur and emu feathers represent the cultural connections held by her family to country.
During the workshop Toomey will share some of her family stories to develop a better understanding of our shared history. People will be encouraged to dress their own dolly pegs that reflect a part of their own stories through the use of doylies, pieces of cloth, raffia, leather, paper bark and a range of other found objects.
Other activities include: artist talks by exhibiting artists Tony Albert and Abdul Abdullah, bracelet making with Indigenous weavers from Galamban, Wreck Bay, using traditional techniques while hearing their stories, art market stalls from the APY Art Centre Collective, Maruka Arts, Tjanpi Weavers and Betterworld Arts, Sydney Film Premiere of Never Stop Riding, a 10 minute spaghetti western by artists from Iwantja Arts, and music by DJ ReWild.