Resilience workshops

Resilience | An open exhibition for Mental Health Month

Resilience open exhibition workshops
With Mariana del Castillo

11am-3pm Saturday 5 October 2019
10am-2pm Thursday 10 October 2019

Resilience is an open call exhibition presented at Gungaderra Homestead as part of Mental Health Month. As part of this program, Gungahlin Arts presents two workshops with renowned artist Mariana Del Castillo, offering artists of all levels, from beginner to advanced, the opportunity to create works for inclusion in the exhibition in a supported and friendly environment.

About Mariana del Castillo

Mariana del Castillo

Mariana del Castillo is a Canberra-based artist who uses found objects to construct and explore stories. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from ANU School of Art & Design in 1989, and has tutored in the Arts for Recovery initiative between ADFA and University of Canberra. She has had many solo exhibitions; in 2019 at Canberra Glassworks, and in 2018 at M16 Artspace, Fitters Workshop, CCAS, CMAG, Contour 556 and The Bearded Tit in Redfern, NSW. She was a finalist in the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Award, a recipient of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture prize and Fisher’s Ghost Award, as well as the 2015 CAPO Macquarie Wealth Award and 2009 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne Award. Mariana was also the Concept Costume Designer for the production fo Red Dress in Denmark.

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Layered Landscape
11am-3pm Saturday 5 October
Gungahlin Community Centre, 47 Ernest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin

This workshop will explore pen and ink techniques. Participants will create and learn simple cutting techniques to create a wide variety of hand-made reed/bamboo ink pens which will be used alongside graphic pens. They will learn how to harvest these naturally grown reeds and wild bamboos that are abundant around the wetlands of Canberra. Participants will go on to create ink drawings focusing on an internalised landscape. Using symbols, text and graphic techniques, participants will delve into a visual story. The emphasis of the workshop will be to trust your creative intuition.

Enrolment is free, but numbers are limited to 18 participants.


A Remnant Story
10am-2pm Thursday 10 October
Gungahlin Library Training Room 1, Hibberson Street, Gungahlin

Participants will explore silhouettes through the medium of fabric collage. They will learn simple sewing techniques; collage, appliqué and straight stitch. There will be an emphasis on colour, composition and texture. Participants will draw on their own personal history, weaving their stories into the completed artwork. Sometimes the very fabrics themselves can evoke strong memories and stimulate ideas. The workshop will foster a safe place for creative spontaneity and play.

Enrolment is free, but numbers are limited to 12 participants.