Help create an expansive and wonderful installation! To celebrate the August Open Day theme of ‘the handmade revolution’ and the art of lace, embroidery and weaving, UK artist Shane Waltener has been invited to create an interactive project. Open Day visitors can participate in the creation of a large-scale woven installation in the Eucalyptus Grove situated on the Hills College of the TAFE campus adjacent to the Discovery Centre site at Castle Hill. The trees in the grove will become your loom while gardening and baling twine, as well as foraged materials, will be used to weave a series of sculptural wonders. This grove of eucalypts was planted during the 1940s by the Powerhouse Museum as a research facility investigating the health benefits of native Australian plant oils.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a diverse program of talks, demonstrations and displays presented by creative groups and individuals. Hear the Powerhouse Museum Curator of Design & Society, Lindie Ward, speak about the Powerhouse Museum’s newly opened exhibition, Love Lace. Other highlights of the day include demonstrations of lace-making and traditional Indigenous weaving and wonderful make-and-do activities for visitors of all ages. Read more
The Powerhouse Discovery Centre is the off-site storage and collection facility for the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. Join us for themed Open Days on the second Saturday of each month (February to November) and workshops and activities from Tuesday to Friday during the school holidays.