Light up for a night of summer festivities at Hazelhurst Arts Centre Gymea

Three hours of art, music and food will be celebrated at the popular event on February 1, hosted by Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

Hazelhurst At Night is an opportunity for art admirers to see the gallery’s exhibitions and enjoy an evening of good food and company. 

It will also be a great chance to see the major exhibition, Weapons for the Soldier, before it closes on February 3. 

One of the highlights for the evening is a workshop with Indigenous artist, Kerry Toomey, who will be making dolly pegs.

Her works are inspired by the stories that were told during visits to Minnon Aboriginal Mission on the outskirts of Pilliga, NSW. 

Her grandparents were two of more than 600 Aboriginal people named on the Stolen Wages list, National Indigenous Times – May 14, 2009.

Her mother told stories of a tough life where they had to forget their old ways and learn to be  subservient.

These dolly pegs represent the domestic work done by Aboriginal women, kangaroo fur and emu feathers represent the cultural connections held by her family to country.

During the workshop she will share some of her family stories to develop a better understanding of Australia’s shared history.

People will be encouraged to dress their own dolly pegs that reflect a part of their own stories through the use of doilies, pieces of cloth, raffia, leather, paper bark and a range of other found objects.

Other activities include artist talks by exhibiting artists Tony Albert and Abdul Abdullah, bracelet making with Indigenous weavers from Galamban, Wreck Bay, market stalls from the APY Art Centre Collective, Maruka Arts, Tjanpi Weavers and Betterworld Arts, Sydney film premiere of Never Stop Riding – a 10 minute spaghetti western by artists from Iwantja Arts, music by DJ ReWild, and cocktails in the cafe.

From 6pm-9pm.