Artists Sayd Abdali and Jane Théau are making a tapestry rug at the museum during Refugee Week.

The design of the rug celebrates the new lives that refugees begin in Australia.

Textile artists Sayd Abdali and Jane Théau. Image: Jane Théau

Image: Jane Théau

Sayd Abdali is a master Afghan tapestry artist. He has developed a unique needle to weave his designs through a technique known as punch needling (or tufting). Sayd is an expert in this technique, using it to support his family during 30 years living as a refugee in Iran.

Jane Théau is an artist who includes community art projects (such as this tapestry rug) as a vital part of her practise. She is in the final year of a PhD creating a body of work that combines woven horsehair, bronze sculpture and performance.

Presented in partnership with Settlement Services International.

All materials provided and no experience necessary.

Dates: Monday 17 – Friday 21 June 2019
Where: Meet in foyer at front of house
When: 10am–12pm and 12.30pm–2pm 
Suitable for: Ages 7 and above.
Cost: Free, no bookings required.

Images courtesy Jane Théau

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