[Workshop 2] Kimberley 2013

Workshop 2

‘Producing and Caring for Kimberley Materials’

Mowanjum Arts and Culture Centre, Derby, WA, 10-12 September 2013

The second workshop took place in September 2013 and was hosted by Mowanjum Art. The workshop brought together senior artists from the Kimberley region and 10 conservators from Australia’s key cultural institutions to share knowledge about a range of Kimberley materials, such as boab fibre, pearl shell, boab nut carvings, ochre, sap, Kangaroo sinew, Spinifex gum, as well as boomerang and spear making.

At least 30 Indigenous artists from the Kimberley region participated in the workshop. As conservators and artists had expressed an interest in digital archiving and learning how to preserve community collections, a plenary session on community collections was also held. And senior cultural leader Sam Lovell impressed participants with his in depth experience of Kimberley traditional knowledge, skills and materials.

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