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Celebrating our relationships with tools

Act-Belong-Commit Elevate Arts 'What a Tool' is a cross-community project presented by Mundaring Arts Centre in collaboration with local arts and cultural organisations to investigate and celebrate our unique relationships with tools - past, present and future.

The project includes exhibitions, workshops and events across a number of locations in both Mundaring and Midland with a vast array of historical tools, heritage crafts, new inventions and performances to ignite a love for the creations we make to solve the task at hand.

To celebrate the project, an Open Day is being held at Mundaring Hall and surrounding locations on Sunday 30 September to showcase the "tools of the trade" of local artists and businesses.

The fun-filled day kicks off at 11am and features community group and business displays, forging and artisan demonstrations, interactive art activities and exhibitions.

Instrumental: the distinct pleasures of tools exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre features the work of Angela McHarrie (Out of the Shadows, 2018, Vintage wheelbarrow frame, various timbers, 111 cm x 62 cm x 167 cm)

The Mundaring Arts Centre is hosting the Instrumental: the distinct pleasures of tools, an exhibition featuring contemporary artists' responses to the tools we invent to alter, decipher and transform our world.

Inside the Mundaring Hall is a diverse display of tools presented by the Fine Woodwork Association, Perth Wood School, Boffins Books, Mundaring Sharing, Small Hand Tools Preservation Society, Riding for the Disabled, Mundaring Library, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer's Centre, Mundaring Chamber of Commerce, Mundaring and Hills Historical Society and the Shire of Mundaring.

Artist Sarah Elson is running a cuttlebone casting wearable art Workshop at the open day.

If you are feeling inspired, you can try your hand at metal casting using cuttlebone, create some metal earrings, try wheel throwing, ceramic mark making or learn how to print alongside talented artisans.

Other interactive highlights include Rachel and Bill demonstrating the ancient art of blacksmithing using a charcoal forge, the Arbortech showcase of innovative wood and masonry tools and the Mount Helena Residents and Ratepayers making a Billy Cart from scratch.

Adding to the vibrant community atmosphere is delicious food provided by Helena College students and Kathlyne's Café, plus great live music and locally crafted wares to purchase.

You can continue your 'What a Tool' experience down the road at the Men's Shed, who are hosting the Machine Preservation Society, celebrating the ingenuity of old machines (and not so old men).

Finally, local businesses have joined the project with special window displays exploring various tools of their trades.

The 'What a Tool' Open Day is an engaging and inspiring event which explores invention, creativity and history. All are welcome to join in the fun and festivities!

Entry is free and there is a selection of free and paid activities to choose from. View the full line-up here.

For all the latest and to plan your visit, head to

'What a Tool' is supported by Act-Belong Commit and Healthway, The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan.

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When: Sunday 30 September 11am-3pm
Where: Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring Hall, Mundaring District Museum, Mundaring Men’s Shed
Cost: Free
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