Tharawal Elders Floristry Group

Image courtesy the artist

27 January – 5 May 2021
In 2019 Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s Elders Group commenced a ceramic course in partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre which provided the Elders with a culturally safe space to discuss current issues facing the local Aboriginal community, such as Sorry Business, births, special occasions. 

During the ceramic course, a number of the Elders expressed an interest in developing their knowledge and skill in small business enterprise and give back to the local community. To facilitate this interest, C-A-C in partnership with Campbelltown TAFE (Aboriginal Pathways Unit) and The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the Elders have participated in a  floristry course, learning how to make arrangements from native flora and introduced species facilitated by Florist teacher Wadad Mourad.

C-A-C will be showcasing recent works of the Tharawal Elders Group in the exhibition Budjari Mudjingaal featuring a selection of ceramic vessels which will be filled with floral arrangements. Budjari Mudjingaal pays respect to the Dharawal Nation and acknowledges the Aboriginal people who have contributed to the community in the Campbelltown area. 

Prior to the commencement of the floristry course the Elders completed a Cultural Awareness and Cultural Landscaping course with TAFE teacher, Shalina Donovan and at completion the Elders will receive a Statement of Attainment in Floristry and a Statement in Study and Employability skills in an Aboriginal context.