Possum Skin Cloak Workshop

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A landmark possum skin cloak healing workshop is to to take place at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Banmirra Arts Inc., in partnership with the local Aboriginal Community & Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, will be running a Possum Skin Cloak Healing workshop (Friday 31 October to Sunday 2 November 2014).

Possum skin cloaks are one of the most sacred cultural expressions of Aboriginal people; and for the past fourteen years, Lee Darroch and Vicki Couzens of Banmirra Arts Inc., have led the possum skin cloak revival across Southeast Australia.

Wiradjuri stories and dreaming will be expressed through the Cloak; and this is an important opportunity for local Aboriginal people, particularly women and children, to learn the skills associated with possum skin cloak making.

The event is a Bathurst200 bicentenary project. The cloaks made during this workshop will be worn by Wiradjuri Elders at official ceremonies associated with the B200, and exhibited in 2015 as part of BRAG’s B200 exhibition program.

Workshop dates & times

All members of the Bathurst Aboriginal community are invited to participate in the Workshop which will run from Friday 31 October (10am – 4pm), Saturday 1 November (10am – 4pm) and Sunday 2 November (10am – 3pm).
Members of the public are welcome to come along to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Sunday 2 November (10am – 4pm) to see how possum skin cloaks are made, and to learn about their cultural significance.

Locations

The first two days of the workshop will be held in the Gallery/Library Meeting Room (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street Bathurst.) The final day of the workshop will be held in the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery space. Gallery/Library parking located at the rear and accessible via Seymour Street.

For more information

Please contact: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 02 6333 6555 www.bathurstart.com.au
Banmirra Arts Inc. is funded by Australia Council for the Arts & Indigenous Cultural Support. The B200 Possum Skin Cloak Healing Workshop is funded by Bathurst Regional Council & Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.