What's on: International Museum Day: Cultural Crafts

Celebrate International Museum Day with free drop-in activities and displays highlighting Aboriginal and Pacific cultures.

Weaving with Aunty Karleen Green

Weaving with Aunty Karleen Green
Photographer: Ellie Downing © Australian Museum

Event Type:
Special event
18 May 2018
10.30 AM to 04.00 PM
Free after admission

To celebrate International Museum Day 2018, join us for drop-in activities, demonstrations and displays in the Australian Museum atrium. Free with admission.

10:30am - 1pm
Hawaiian feather work with Bernice Akamine
Bernice Akamine is a prominent Native Hawaiian visual artist known for her abstract glass sculptures and feather work. She is a kumu or expert teacher in the methods of creating and using waiho’olu’u, or natural plant dyes, and creates kapa, cloth created by beating bark.

10:30am - 1pm
Pacific boat models display with Dr Stan Florek
Pacific collection officer Stan Florek will discuss aspects of Indigenous Pacific boats and sailing, displaying selected models and their accessories from the Australian Museum Pacific Collection.

10:30am - 1pm
Weaving with Aunty Karleen Green
Learn Aboriginal weaving with Bundjalung weaver and Elder Aunty Karleen Green.

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Winambuu: Play Winambuu, a strategy card game that helps you learn the Wiradjuri language with Wiradjuri man Nathan “Mudyi” Sentance.

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Dirrawang (emu feather) earrings with Charlie Williams
Create stylish earrings using natural materials collected from country with Aboriginal cultural practitioner Charlie Williams

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Woven bangles workshop with Sione Felameka
Born in Niue and educated in Niue, New Zealand and Australia, Sione Felameka infuses traditional Polynesian weaving technique with a contemporary edge. Find his work in the AM Store!

International Museum Day - 18 May each year since 1977 - exists to raise awareness of museums as 'an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.' Tag your photos with #IMD2018 and #australianmuseum.

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