Kaiela Arts X Spacecraft Screen-Printing Project Product Launch and Artist Meet and Greet

Wednesday 29 November 2023, 5pm – 7pm  Kaiela Arts, 530 Wyndham St Shepparton

Kaiela Arts is proud to announce a special screen-printing project in collaboration with Spacecraft. This event introduces a new line of 100% linen screen-printed tea-towels and other products, showcasing the diversity of art coming out of Kaiela Arts.

Meet the Artists Behind Each Creation
Our talented Yorta Yorta artists, including Lyn Thorpe, Belinda Briggs, Ally Knight, Tammy-Lee Atkinson, Suzanne Atkinson, and Tiarne Hall (Wiradjuri), have created designs inspired by woka (country) and yenbena (ancestors). Each design is a narrative, a piece of history, reflecting the unique identity of the Kaiela-Dungala region, fresh-water country.

Learn About Our Cultural and Creative Practices At the launch, our artists will informally share their creative processes and the cultural significance of their artworks, providing opportunities to learn about traditional inspirations that shape contemporary First Nations art.

Supporting Community and Culture
This project has seen our artists develop new skills, translate their artworks to print, and activate a new screen-printing studio, designed and custom-built for Kaiela Arts by Spacecraft

Kaiela Arts artist Tiarne Hall has loved the opportunity to evolve her creative practice and learn new skills.

‘Screen-printing makes it easier to reproduce artworks of mine that are popular and it also opens opportunities for our creative community to experiment with forms of art they might not have thought of before.’ says Tiarne.

Purchasing the products our artists have created means participating in the development of First Nations arts and culture on Yorta Yorta country. Each purchase supports our artists and contributes to further initiatives that keep culture and community strong.

Join Us in A Cultural Journey
More than just creating products, this project is part of a movement towards nurturing, validating and growing a thriving community of Yorta Yorta (and other mobs) of creatives.

Kaiela Arts and Spacecraft have worked together over many years producing significant projects and commissions for the likes of National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT.

This latest collaboration has been all about developing capacity and skills of Kaiela Arts’ and its artists, to independently produce screen-printed textiles that capture local stories, culture and designs.

As Stewart Russell of Spacecraft notes, this is just the beginning of a deeper exploration and appreciation of Aboriginal art in the Kaiela-Dungala region.

‘Screen-printing will be a real drawcard for Kaiela Arts’ artists. We imagine in the future that we’re going to have some pretty substantial screen-printing technologies here in Shepparton.’

We invite you to join us on this journey.

Visit our gallery or online store for screen-printed tea-towels, notebooks, cosmetic bags, fridge magnets, and greeting cards, each with unique stories and cultural significance. These items are artistic creations and carriers of cultural legacy, perfect for Christmas gifts and all under $50.

Extended Opening Hours for December
Our gallery and shop will be open every Wednesday evening in December from 4pm – 7pm, offering more opportunities to engage with our artists and their work.

For more information, please email info@kaielaarts.org.au or call 5821 9842. Visit www.kaielaarts.org.au

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