A number of exclusive workshop and tours will be held as part of the MGA2019 Conference program on the morning of Monday 13 May and the afternoon of Friday 17 May 2019. Full details will be published here as each workshop/tour is announced.
Middle of Nowhere Tour
Presented by local historian, Megg Kelham, this walking tour explores local history and important heritage sites based on the theme: So you think you are in the middle of nowhere? Actually, you are in the centre of everything!
The tour will start at the top of ANZAC Hill where Megg will discuss the impact of the Overland Telegraph Line on colonisation of Australia’s arid heart, and how the birth of Anthropology – at Hermannsburg and the Telegraph Station – made the Arandic speaking peoples of Central Australia the most famous of the world’s hunter gather communities, helping influence the work of Emile Durkheim, the Father of Sociology, and Sigmund Freud, the founding father of Psychology, amongst others.
The tour will visit the Stuart Town Gaol, the old Court House and the Residency where Megg will explain the role each of these heritage sites played in the last state sanctioned massacres of Indigenous peoples in Australian history, before walking to Adelaide House, to learn how this heritage listed building played a role in the development of the world’s first wireless technology. The tour will finish at John Flynn Church with the identification of the direction of the RFDS and NPWHF, linking their existence to John Flynn’s work in creating the world’s first aerial ambulance service.
Megg will invite people to visit all of Centralia’s heritage sites, including Hermannsburg historical precinct, the Jay Creek Church, Old Timers’ Museum in their own time, and welcomes questions during the tour.
Comfortable walking shoes and a drink bottle are required for this tour.
Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (11:30 – 12:30pm) or Friday 17 May 2019 (1:30 – 2:30pm)
Start location: ANZAC Hill
End location: John Flynn Church
Cost per delegate: Free
Maximum number of delegates: 15
Watercolour Landscape Masterclass
Come and paint alongside painters and descendants of iconic artist Albert Namatjira and experience, absorb and practice their approach.
Presented by the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, this hands-on workshop is a rare and coveted opportunity for members of the public to paint alongside the artists from the Hermannsburg School of Art, learning, absorbing and practicing their approach. During the masterclass, painters will sit among delegates and paint with them, talking and offering advice in a quiet, informal setting. This is an immersive workshop process, directive is often gentle, with the artists leading the class by observation. Participants will be provided with all tools to create their own watercolour landscape to take home.
Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Venue: Central Craft, Araluen Precinct
Cost per delegate: $75
Maximum number of delegates: 18 (please note this workshop will only run if there is a minimum of 12 participants)
Basket Weaving Workshop with Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council that enables women living in the remote Central and Western deserts to earn an income from fibre art. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to sit down with artists from Tjanpi and learn how to make your own small basket.
Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Venue: Rotunda outside of Central Craft, Araluen Precinct
Cost per delegate: $60.
Maximum number of delegates: 25 (please note this workshop will only run if there is a minimum of 10 participants)