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Cultural Celebration Day


Sun 10 Sep 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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The public are welcome to attend the festivities which will run from 2pm to 4pm. This event marks a month of international art collaboration and cultural diversity in Midland, with several events running as part of the Habits of Horses community project to provide local artists and community member’s opportunities to connect with artists from around the world.

The Cultural Celebration Day will include the unveiling of large-scale totemic terracotta horses, made by our international artist in residence, Kasirajan Subbaiah, from Tamil Nadu, India. There will be Indian dance performances, food demonstrations and India food provided. A variety of free family-friendly arts activities will also be offered to visitors attending the event. These activities complement the Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods exhibition, which is being run as one facet of the broader Habits of Horses project.

Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods displays a body of work by internationally celebrated photographer Clare Arni, documenting the Aiyanar festivals in rural India. Aiyanar is a Hindu god of Tamil Nadu, worshipped as a deity who protects rural villages. Annual festivals are celebrated in sacred groves on the outskirts of villages in early spring, at which time the potters inherit the role of priests, making large-scale terracotta horses and other votive offerings. This practice is one that has existed for thousands of years.

Bangalore-based Arni has been documenting the festivals and processes leading up to them for several years. Her exhibition at MJAC explores the making of the terracotta horses, the festivals and votive offerings, as well as images of the groves where avenues of horses form majestic entries to the spaces.

In conjunction with this exhibition, senior potter Kasirajan Subbaiah, from Tamil Nadu, is working in residence at MJAC. As one of the few remaining Indian potters known for creating the terracotta horses, Subbaiah will construct a 3 metre horse alongside internationally recognised WA artist Bernard Kerr, ceramicist Lee Woodcock and emerging artist Jan Griffiths from Waringarri Arts Centre in Kununurra.

An accompanying exhibition, Horse Drawn, explores drawn representations of horses, with artworks by respected WA artists and local community groups. Uniting traditional drawing with contemporary digital drawing practice, Horse Drawn celebrates the equine form through the drawn representation of anatomy, posture and movement. Featuring works by Steven Aiton, Daevid Anderson, Daniela Dlugocz, Ross Potter, Alastair Taylor, Angela Stewart and Linda van der Merwe.

Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods and Horse Drawn open Sunday 27 August at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. The exhibitions can be viewed Wednesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. For more details please visit Mundaring Arts Centre website.