Gwambygine Community Land Artwork

Artist: Elaine Clocherty
Category: Arts and Crafts


2 - 3, 9 Oct 2021




4 days


Gwambygine Quarry / opposite 5383 Great Southern Hwy, Gwambygine



This epic art project sees land artist Elaine Clocherty facilitate a two-piece site specific artwork, both on-site at Gwambygine and in Gallery 152, linking Gwambygine to York town.

The art pieces will be created in collaboration with Ballardong Traditional Owners, sisters Audrey Nettle and Tracey Kickett, and will be led by sister Professor Marion Kickett and Landscape Architect and site co-owner Dr Ailsa Blackwood.

The artwork will be made using natural materials found on site and will tell the story of Gwambygine. The Gwambygine site is layered with ancient, recent, and contemporary histories including as a quarry and as an upcoming site for sculpture and art residencies.

From 10am to 12pm on October 2 and 3, members of the community are invited to participate in the creation of the Site Specific Artwork at Gwambygine. This will involve using the natural materials to either weave or place them into the artwork guided by Elaine, Marion and Ailsa.

From 2pm to 4pm on Saturday October 9, a participatory performance will be held where participants will be led through a smoking ceremony walking on the Land, then experience in a sharing about the deeper meaning and intention of the artwork.

For all events please dress for the outdoors and for the weather with secure shoes, hat and water bottle.

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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