Event NAIDOC Week


With Libby Harward, BJ Murphy & Voices of Colour

10 July 2021

  • Event Cost:

Join us to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 by connecting with Brisbane/Meanjin’s First Nations creative community in this series of hands-on workshops and performances at the IMA.

Quandamooka artist Libby Harward will lead a Piccabeen basket making workshop from 11am. Then discover how to paint with earth pigments (ochre) in a session led by Jinibara elder BJ Murphy, with a chance to decorate your basket made earlier in the day. From 3pm poetry collective Voices of Colour present an open mic afternoon, with performances by Guyala Bayles, Sachem Parkin Owens, and more. To wrap up the day, QUT PhD candidate Jennifer Mason will premiere her documentary NAIDOC and Me, followed by an open discussion.

Piccabeen Basket Making with Libby Harward

Cost: $20
Piccabeen baskets are made from the fronds of the Piccabeen (Bangalow) palm and have been traditionally used by Aboriginal peoples of the east coast to carry food, water, and tools. Learn how to make your own basket, which you can decorate with earth pigments in the following workshop.

Painting with Earth Pigments (Ochre) with BJ Murphy
Cost: $20
Learn about local Indigenous histories with elder BJ Murphy, including how earth pigments are collected (in some instances from the tops of mountains!), stored, prepared, and of course, how they are used to paint with. Piccabeen sheaths and watercolour paper will be provided.

Voices of Colour Open Mic
IMA Courtyard
Cost: Free
Launching Voices of Colour’s monthly open mic events at the IMA is a special First Nations focused event, with performers responding to the theme ‘Heal Country’. To participate in the open mic, contact Voices of Colour through their Facebook event.

NAIDOC and Me Screening with discussion
IMA Screening Room
Cost: Free
Registration is required as numbers are limited. Please contact Voices of Colour to register.

Accessibility information:
We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor and we welcome guide and support dogs. To find out more contact us at ima@ima.org.au or call 07 3252 5750. Read our access information for visitors here.

COVID safety advice:
—Stay at home if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.
—If you become unwell during the event locate an IMA staff member.
—Maintaining physical distancing is the individual’s responsibility.

  • Partner:

    This event is presented by Voices of Colour in partnership with the IMA. Voices of Colour host open mic nights monthly at the IMA for people of colour and First Nations artists.

Image courtesy of Libby Harward. Photo: Keelan O'Hehir.

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