When:Registrations open 8th May, 2020
Registrations are now open for you to take part in a collective arts project.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre and artist, Rebecca Mayo, are inviting you to participate in, Embracing the Familiar, an arts project that reflects on the role of trees during uncertain times. To participate and be part of the exhibition simply register via the link below and TAC will send you a project kit to complete at home.
Embracing the familiar by Rebecca Mayo is a community participation arts project that responds to some of the challenges that have faced the ACT region and the world since late 2019.
With the help of the TAC community, Rebecca Mayo will develop a new iteration of a 2017 project held in Tamworth, A Cure for Plant Blindness, that invited locals to take a rubbing around the girth of a tree they love and to share the story of that tree. Since late 2019 a lot has happened. Throughout the ACT and broader regions, we have all been affected by bushfires, associated smoke haze, damaging hailstorms and now the Covid-19 global pandemic. While the long term effects of this situation are not clear, we are all staying close to home. Walking local streets and parks has replaced organised sport, visits to the skate-park or local pool.
Embracing the Familiar asks the community what comfort might be found in this enforced turning inwards. Has this slower paced, looped walking (where we set off to get out of the house, rather than to reach a physical destination) allowed us to pay a new kind of attention to our neighbourhoods and what grows there? Rubbings of trees and the stories of why people love them, or how they have come to notice them anew during the extraordinary recent events is the subject of this work.
If you have a tree that is an anchor or a salve at this time, Tuggeranong Arts Centre is inviting you to participate by taking a rubbing of a tree.
To be part of this project, please follow the link below to register.
When you register we will send you materials and instructions for how to make a rubbing around the girth of your special tree. It could be a tree in your garden, one you admire out the window, or one you walk by each day and have begun to notice in new ways.
We’d also love you to share the location, a handful of leaves or bark from the tree, the species (if you know it), a photograph and some words about why you chose this tree. This will all be sent back to Rebecca in her studio where she will use the rubbing and leaves with screen-printing and natural dyeing processes to create a 1:1 scale textile version of your rubbing. These will be exhibited together with all the other local trees and their stories in the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2021
To have part of your story included in the exhibition, simply click the booking link below and your free project kit will be delivered to your door. Registrations for project kits close 17 August 2020.
About the Artist
Rebecca Mayo is an Australian artist. She is a Lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. Trained in printmaking, she is interested in how characteristics of print, such as repetition, reproduction and copying, might articulate and connect to the politics of thinking, being and moving through the world. She principally examines relations and interactions between human and more-than-human life, often in urban and peri-urban sites. She uses site and species specific plant dye in her practice, thereby offering audiences a physical and material connection to these plants or places. In 2019 she was the winner of the inaugural Castlemaine Art Museum Print Prize.