Join artist Simone Thomson (Woiwurrung, Yorta Yorta) for a creative workshop for First Nation’s kids these school holidays.
We will be learning a bit about Culture and the styles of art used amongst Clans throughout the country. We will be creating our own Dreaming stories and drawing on our own inspirations, families, totems and connections to Country in a discovery of place and power.
And just like our ancestors, we will gather, listen, learn and yarn. But mostly, we will paint, eat and have a bit of fun.
This workshop is for First Nations children only, ages 6 – 11 years old.
Simone Thomson is a Woi Wurrung/Wurundjeri and Yorta-Yorta Traditional Owner through her mother who has the privilege of living on her traditional lands of Naarm. She draws inspiration for her art through her spiritual connection to Country and the rich colours and textures of the earth and sky.
Simone remains strongly connected to her Culture through the ancestral knowledge and oral history as passed down through her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother by producing evocative works that connect people of all walks of life and cultural backgrounds to Aboriginal storytelling.
Simone’s signature use of vibrant earthy colours, texture and detail have produced varied styles of work including public art commissions and design, Indigenous designed sculptural totem poles and gardens, portraiture, large scale exterior and interior mural design, emu feather hangings, wooden message sticks, feature wall wood art, custom handmade shields and sporting design.
Her culturally safe and holistic art practice includes traditional smoking ceremonies, cultural art workshops and cultural presentations.
She currently has work in the exhibition “Off The Wall – Celebrating First Peoples’ Mark Making” on level 1 of KHT.
We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family.
PHOTO: Simone Thomson (supplied)