Resurgence: Interwoven is a wellbeing program for schools and community using Aboriginal methodology of weaving. Inspired by the traditional practice of coiling with rushes, lomandra and other grasses these contemporary artworks provide the opportunity for the youth and community to explore and learn about the traditional practices while being culturally appropriate, making a contemporary sculpture with contemporary materials.
We are able to teach all Australian children and teachers how to be immersed and how to appreciate, not appropriate Aboriginal culture.
We provide educators with more than enough information so they can authentically embed Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms, we also provide NESA endorsed teacher professional learning and an education kit so even after the program is finished this education kit can continue the conversation in their school.
To deliver our Resurgence: Interwoven we are generally on site at each school one day per week for 10 weeks. The units of work and lesson plans we provide identify cross key learning areas and assessable outcomes.
The opportunity doesn't end with the artist in residence program, the following year participants are invited to be part of our yearly exhibition at a regional gallery or museum.
In our experience each program is run differently, some groups larger than others, some schools focus on a stage or year to be involved while other schools might have just the Aboriginal students and a friend participate. Either way we slowly build the expectations and level of difficulty in response to the student’s ability so that by the end of the 10-week program each and every student has the ability to create a woven coil. These coils are then collated and stitched onto the welded frame to create the flora or fauna’s form. Each sculpture varies due to the size, number and age of students involved and of course the artist’s style.
The program includes the following
- Interwoven: Aboriginal education kit
- Weaving materials
- Custom welded frame
- Program delivery
- Teacher professional learning (40 staff, additional staff at $145pp)
- Interim report - provided at the conclusion of the program with the completed body of work. Evidencing student and teacher program and TPL engagement and possible impact.
- Final report - provided after the exhibition reporting on all aspects such as advocacy, attendance and engagement.
Note: Travel 50kms outside Newcastle CBD incurs additional costs. (50% paid at the start and 50% on the completion of the project)