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  • Open today 9am–5pm
  • Free general admission

Join us for a series of workshops led by Indigenous artists and creatives to explore a new installation of fibre-art figures by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers in The Studio. The installation brings to life the story of the Seven Sisters. Engage with the life-sized figures and the songline narrative through different mediums including visual and fibre arts, poetry, music and Indigenous language.

Workshops take place each Sunday in June and from Monday to Friday during NAIDOC Week.

Cost (per workshop): $65 adult, $60 concession, $55 Museum Friends
Full series (5-for-4 package): $260 adult, $240 concession, $220 Museum Friends
Bookings essential (fees apply)

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Sundays in June

Sunday 23 June 2019 11am–1pm and
Weaving with Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Jordan
Sunday 30 June 2019 2–4pm Singing to the Sisters with Paul House


Monday 8 July 2019 2–4pm Star stories with Paul Collis
Tuesday 9 July 2019 10am–3pm Sun printing with Judith Crispin*
Wednesday 10 July 2019 3–5pm Ngunawal language with Tyronne Bell
Thursday 11 July 2019 9.30–11.30am Weaving with Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Jordan
Friday 12 July 2019 2–4pm Singing to the Sisters with Paul House

* Part of the workshop may be performed outside if the sun is shining, otherwise an artificial light source will be substituted.

Traditional Basket Weaving Workshop with Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Jordan

Sunday 23 June, 11am–1pm and 2–4pm and Thursday 11 July, 9.30–11.30am

Join Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Jordan and weave responses to the Seven Sisters stories and tjanpi figures using both natural and synthetic fibres.

Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Jordan is a Kalkadoon woman originally from Mount Isa, Queensland, and now residing in Bungendore, New South Wales. She is a fibre artist and trainer who specialises in Indigenous games, traditional painting techniques and coil basket weaving. She also shares her knowledge on bush tucker plants. Ronnie has taught Indigenous culture to a wide range of people, from children to the elderly, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

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Singing to the Sisters with Paul House

Sunday 30 June 2–4pm and Friday 12 July, 2–4pm

Join Paul House, a Ngambri–Ngunnawal custodian, to learn a song of welcome in language, and co-create a song inspired by the Seven Sisters tjanpi figures on display in the The Studio.

Paul House is a Ngambri–Ngunnawal man, born at the old Canberra Hospital on Acton Peninsula. As a performer, artist and cultural advisor in Canberra for many years, he has been involved with the National Museum since 1997, when he led the smoking ceremony of the Acton site before the commencement of the building’s construction. Through his yidaki/didjeridu, he is able to express his identity and personal life experiences, as well as cultural and political views. Sharing music, culture and knowledge reflects his respect for all people and country.

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