Exhibition shows off culture through creativity

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mandurah Community Museum will present a stunning exhibition of bespoke garments, hand-made accessories and fashion photography that showcases the creativity and cultural pride of young Aboriginal girls from the Wheatbelt.

The Noongar Pop Fashion exhibition was created as part of a community art project in Narrogin in 2014 which saw the Community Arts Network (CAN) partner with Narrogin Senior High School to deliver a series of creative workshops to encourage teenage girls to stay engaged at school.

Professional textiles artists, including some strong Noongar role models, taught the students how to use native plants to dye materials, weave accessories and they also learnt how to sew and restyle old second-hand garments.

During the creative workshops, each student created their own bespoke fashion ensemble. A choreographer was then engaged to help build the girls’ confidence and a professional photographer to capture the students modelling their creations.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the Noongar Pop Fashion exhibition is another example of how the City supported arts, heritage and cultural activities, and provided an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience creativity and cultural pride.

“This touring exhibition helps people to learn about and celebrate Aboriginal culture through the fabulous creativity of these students,” she said.

The exhibition aligns with the City of Mandurah’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the Arts, Heritage and Culture Strategy, both of which seek to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures based on mutual respect and understanding.

The Noongar Pop Fashion exhibition will be displayed at the Mandurah Community Museum from July 1 – 23. The Museum will open on Monday, July 3 10am until 3pm especially for NAIDOC week.