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Art Lab: Tote Tales

A hand working on batik
A hand working on batik

Overview

Art labs are artist-led workshops connecting young audiences nationally with artists, artmaking and the national collection.

In this Art Lab, textile artist Helena Geiger, Gumbaynggirr people, will guide you through the process of creating your own batik tote bag.

Helena will teach how to apply hot wax to fabric and help you draw inspiration from your own dreams, experiences, beliefs and stories to create your own intricate designs. She will also share her approach to preparing reactive dyes to infuse your tote bag with vibrant colours.

Before you begin, you will have the opportunity to tour the Emily Kam Kngwarray exhibition with National Gallery staff. Learn about Emily Kam Kngwarray’s batiks and the significance of the anwerlarr (pencil yam) to the artist, as well as Kam, the word for the seeds and seedpods of the yam, after which she is named.

Free, however bookings are essential.
Suitable for ages 13 – 25 years.

Dates

20 Jan – 18 Apr 2024
April 2024
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Map of the venue locationMap of the venue location
National Gallery of AustraliaParkes Place East, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions
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