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CAN is calling on the Albany community to help create a giant woven artwork consisting of native materials, that will be suspended from the ceiling of the Vancouver Arts Centre as part of this year’s NAIDOC week celebrations.

The work is part of the Moodich Yorgas Yudarn Yarns project – Strong Women Tying Yarns and will take shape over a two week period from 3 July to 13 July, encapsulating Noongar place names and stories of strong women, in response to the 2018 NAIDOC week theme, Because of her, we can.

Free weaving workshops will be held twice daily during this period, offering attendees a timely opportunity to learn about Noongar language, art and culture and to be inspired by the textile works of well-known artists. Led by local Elders including Vernice Gillies, alongside artists such as Caroline and Cheryl Narkle, Valdene Diprose, Maureen James, Kate Campbell-Pope, and Renee Farrant, and curated by Annette Davis and Tess Bryant the stunning installation will be on display in the gallery space.

Moodich Yorgas Yudarn Yarns is part of CAN’s wider Place Names project which uses art and creativity to bring to life the meaning of towns and places with Noongar names.

The project will culminate with a community celebration at Vancouver Arts Centre on Saturday 14 July between 11am and 3pm, with everyone invited to come and see the final work.

For more information and to reserve your place for the weaving workshops contact:

Exhibition opening hours:
9am – 4pm Week days
10am – 3pm Saturdays

Workshop session times:
9.30am – 11.30am and
12.30 – 2.30pm

Exhibition launch:
Saturday 14 July

11am – 3pm

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