Workshops and Tours


Create on Country – ephemeral art making in Yengo National Park with Australian contemporary artist Greer Taylor and Local Aboriginal Man, Tim Selwyn.

For Aboriginal people, ‘Country’ doesn’t just mean the bush, its creeks, rocky outcrops, hills and waterholes. Country is about all living things – people, plants and animals. It embraces the seasons, stories and creation spirits. Country is both a place of belonging and a way of believing.

This interactive workshop introduces you to Country and provides the opportunity for deep learning and reflection through hands-on art making.  All experience levels welcome.

You’ll be guided by Tim to a new place of sensing the land, and experiencing its ancient knowledge as it is revealed in the beauty of minute details and majestic natural formations.

Greer and Tim will lead you through a series of exploratory exercises to build confidence in making art in nature, while reflecting on the timeless tradition of ceremonial mark-making utilising consciously collected, natural materials from the environment.

There will be time for talking and time for quiet reflection as you begin to explore and create your own unique artwork to photograph.

In respect for the land, and calling to mind the acute beauty of transience and the importance of capturing each moment as a treasured experience, all artworks will be dismantled and the site returned to its natural state on completion of our session.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone interested in art, nature and Aboriginal culture. This is an inclusive, accessible environment with all experience levels welcome

WHAT TO BRING

Camera or phone for documenting your work. A hat, sunscreen and covered toe, sturdy footwear. For added comfort you may wish to bring a small blanket to sit on or to pad your knees while making.

We will meet at the Wollombi General Store and travel together to Finchley Lookout. 
Please note: this is a 40 min trip each way.

Ticket includes a vegetarian lunch however please bring any extra snacks and drinks you may need for the whole day.

LOCATION

Covering one million hectares, Yengo National Park has been World Heritage listed for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. As an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, there are over 640 recorded Aboriginal cultural sites in the park and nearby areas. Creation stories recount that Biamie, the ancestral being, stepped off the flat top of Mount Yengo into the sky when he finished his creation.

Acknowledgments
This workshop is presented by Girri Girra Aboriginal Experiences and ARTeConnect in conjunction with Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards..

Girri Girra offer Aboriginal guided tours and cultural experiences to private groups, schools and corporates on the NSW Central Coast and Hunter Regions.

ARTeConnect is where art & technology collide with big ideas to inform, educate and inspire through creative programs and new experiences.