Q Theatre has built a table, a long table, which guest artists have created a month's worth of activities around the table - in The Joan's Atrium Foyer - for the public to enjoy.
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, June 12, 10am-noon - 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, June 15, 10am-2pm - Weaving with 'Balloon Vine' to create organic circular forms, hosted by Corina Norman, supported Possum and Sentance.
Saturday, June 22, 10am-2pm - Weaving with 'Balloon Vine' and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Amanda Jane Reynolds supported by Possum and Sentance.
Tuesday, June 25, 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, June 27, 10am-2pm - Weaving with 'Balloon Vine' and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Reynolds and Melanie Evans (Mudburra, NT), supported by Possum.
Saturday, June 29, 10am-2pm - Dharug Dance workshop for two hours, hosted by Jaye Bukari Webb, with support from Corina Norman, Possum and 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.
Possum said of the program: "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."
She said it was 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.
Tickets are free, RSVP online at www.qtheatre.com.au. The Long Table project is made possible thanks to the support of Create NSW and the Western Sydney Strategic Opportunities Fund.