Q Theatre has built a table, a long table, and over three months, three artists will each curate a month’s worth of activities around the Long Table – in The Joan’s Atrium Foyer – for the public to enjoy.
Having kicked off in autumn, Long Table has been curated by leaders from local CALD, LGBTQI+ and First Nations, communities with the view of to creating a space for discussion, celebration and reflection on their diasporic culture and relationship to Western Sydney.
Each month feature panels, parties, workshops, catch ups, and cups of tea all culminated in a final night-time gathering filled with art, food and drink. The doors are open, the tickets are free, RSVP online at www.qtheatre.com.au for details.
The final Long Table program is here, this time curated by Dharug,Dharawal-Muringal-Baragal artist Venessa Possum and Nathan Sentance. Titled MURU YUU YURA, June’s program looks at the experiences and pathways of First Nations people.
The program includes:
• Wednesday 12 June, 10-12pm – Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentance ‘Curator’s Talk’ will launch the program and include a discussion on the aspirations and concepts for the project
• Saturday 15 June, 10am-2pm – Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ to create organic circular forms, hosted by Corina Norman, supported Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentence.
• Saturday 22 June, 10am-2pm – Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Amanda Jane Reynolds supported by Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentence.
• Tuesday 25 June, 10am-2pm – ‘Storying and traditional Dharug tool display’ hosted by Uncle Lex Dadd, sharing a continuity of Dharug culture and skills ‘Caring as Country’.
• Thursday 27 June, 10am-2pm – Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Amanda Jane Reynolds and Melanie Evans (Mudburra, NT), supported Venessa Possum
• Saturday 29 June, 10am-2pm – Dharug Dance workshop 2-hours, hosted by Jaye Bukari Webb, with support from Corina Norman, Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentance. This workshop will lead to a dance performance and Welcome to Ngurra at the gathering on the same date.
• Sat 29 June, 3-6pm – WELCOME TO NGURRA – Jaye Bakari Webb – Closing gathering for the community, dance performance, food. Hosted by associate producer Emele Ugavule and the curators Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentance.
Of the program, Venessa Possum said “It is a delight to curate an arts project that is grounded in cultural respect and provides an opportunity for Dharug people to take the lead in a cultural program on Country.” Venessa says it is important to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledges, skills and values of the Dharug Peoples with the broader community through a series of public programming that explores curator talks, traditional storying and tools display gatherings.
The Long Table project is made possible thanks to the support of Create NSW and the Western Sydney Strategic Opportunities Fund.