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Reclaim the Void: Weaving Workshop in Adelaide

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This is a community effort on a national scale and people are taking part all over the country. Contribute to this incredible groundswell, learn a new skill and spend time in conversation with each other for this unique event. 

Join the Adelaide Group in The Summer House in the Botanic Gardens

Sunday 1st of October with two open sessions: 10am and 2pm

Saturday 14th of October with two open sessions: 10am and 2pm

Learn how to weave your own rag rug to contribute to the RECLAIM THE VOID project. 

Sessions are 3 hours to ensure that you get a good amount of time to learn the skills. We would not recommend that you do any less than 2 hours to learn the skill and integrate the knowledge.

$20 per ticket. 

Open to weavers of all skill levels, adults, kids, families - beginner to expert!

Recycled bed sheets are the best to use! Bring some with you from home if you have any - we will supply the hoop and some basic materials for you to use as well.

If you want to get a head start on the skills check out the website:

Read More About the Project:

Reclaim the Void was born from Ngalia elders in Leonora, Western Australia, expressing their pain and grief at ‘those gaping mining holes left all over our country’. The idea was conceived to symbolically ‘seal’ one of the holes with an artwork expressing the story of country.

Country is alive with story, song, dance, law, Tjukurrpa. When we wound country, we wound ourselves, and end up with a scarred physical and cultural landscape. This project carries the desire for healing country, healing community, and healing ourselves. It is about acknowledging the hurt and contributing to restoration. It offers people the chance to learn about country and culture.

The vision is to cover a mining pit with a large-scale ‘dot’ artwork made up of thousands of handmade circular rag-rugs woven from discarded fabric. Woven by people from all walks of life and backgrounds, the rugs will be joined together into a giant textile artwork which shows an overall pattern that carries the story of the Tjukurrpa of the country on which the pit is situated.

Reclaim the Void is a bold cross-cultural project. It seeks to raise awareness of the story of country and its importance in Aboriginal culture in both its physical and spiritual dimensions. We invite you to join us.

If we’re going to do this, we need a lot of rugs! Maybe 5,000 of them, or maybe more!! We hope that people from communities all over Australia, and around the world, will create rugs for the giant artwork, including school children, crafters & makers, people passionate about reconciliation – everyone! We are developing a ‘rugalogue’ which will catalogue each rug made, and the stories, poems, images and words that the maker may choose to accompany their rug. The final artwork will include the tapestry of stories of all the people who have contributed to it, and will be a story in its own right, of our collective love, respect, and wish to care for country.

This project already has a life beyond any tangible outcome. It’s the journey, the story, the healing and symbolic reclaiming, the acknowledgement of careless over-consumption at others’ expense, that is central to Reclaim the Void. The concept and intention behind the project is critical. It’s a conversation about caring for country and its custodians, and it invites everyone to be part of that through small-scale acts that collectively make something very special.

This project isn’t ‘anti-mining’, it’s about walking forwards together in an act of healing, caring for country and community engagement. One way or another, guided by cultural protocols and the practical possibilities, the final artwork will be brought to life on the country for which it was created - a symbol of hope and healing.

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