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NAIDOC Week 2022 - The Nullians by Sharyn Egan

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FREE exhibition at Rockingham Arts Centre

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022, the City of Rockingham is proudly presenting The Nullians Exhibition, by renowned local Nyoongar artist, Sharyn Egan.

Held at the newly refurbished Rockingham Arts Centre, this unique exhibition will showcase Sharyn's stunning collection of Nullians; carved pieces made from the balga, or grass tree.

The Nullians were originally made in the 1960s and 1970s and were found and collected by Sharyn from second-hand and antique stores from all over Nyoongar land.

The exhibition will also showcase The Ancients - The Core of the Balga, plus Sharyn's artworks created using both balga resin and paint.

Complementing the exhibition are two special events:

  • Artist workshops: Sharyn will be hosting two 'Make Your Own Totem Animal' workshops. Using natural fibres, you can make your own small totemic creature to take home.

    Dates: Sunday 3 July and Sunday 10 July

    Times: 10am-11am, 11am-12pm, and 12pm-1pm

    Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham

    Cost: $10 per person

    Suitable for ages 8 - 80. Registration is essential as places are limited. To register, call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734.

     

  • Artist talks: Following the artist workshops, join Sharyn and exhibition curator Jude van der Merwe for a free artist talk. Sharyn and Jude will walk through the exhibition, sharing their insights into the thoughts, ideas, and processes that informed the works, as well as the approach to curating the exhibition.

    Dates: Sunday 3 July and Sunday 10 July

    Times: 2pm - 3pm

    Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham

    Registration is essential as places are limited. Book here.

     

    The Nullians by Sharyn Egan opens on Friday 1 July and runs till Sunday 14 August. View the exhibition Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Entry is FREE.

    Plan your visit at rockingham.wa.gov.au or follow City of Rockingham on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest.


     

    About the Artist

    Sharyn Egan is a painter, weaver and sculptor.

    As a member of the Stolen Generation who grew up in the New Norcia Mission School, much of her artwork is a commentary on her life as a Nyoongar woman and the associated trauma, emotions and deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.

    Sharyn began her art career at the age of 37 when she enrolled in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. She completed this course in 1998 and continued her education at Curtin University, first completing an Associate Degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) in 2001. She has also been awarded a Certificate IV in Training and Education and has worked as an art lecturer, curator and art facilitator in schools, community groups and health organisations.

    Never afraid of experimentation and exploration, she works in numerous media, including painting, sculpture, woven forms and site specific installations, often choosing materials, such as ochres, resins and grasses that have connections to the land, especially her home near the lake system in the southern suburbs of Perth.

    Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as larger scale sculptural forms.

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    When: Friday 1 July to Sunday 14 August 2022
    Where: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
    Cost: Free entry
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