School Holiday Activities


Weaving activity

School holiday fun - basket weaving

 11am to 4pm, Mon 11, Wed 13, Thu 14 & Fri 15 July

Gold coin donation

Suitable for ages 6 and over

Imagination Room, Art Gallery of WA

Join Whadjuk Noongar artist, Sharyn Egan, and try your hand at the ancient art of basket weaving. You can contribute to a large raffia basket that will take shape over the second week of the school holidays, in celebration of NAIDOC week and the opening of the Gallery’s new Indigenous objects display Gifts to the Fallen.


About the artist: Sharyn Egan

Sharyn Egan is a Whadjuk Noongar woman born in Subiaco (Western Australia) in 1957. At the age of three Egan was taken from her family and placed in the New Norcia Mission until she was thirteen years old. She never again saw her parents. Her work of oils, natural ochres, resins and acrylics on canvas as well as natural fibre woven sculptures is informed by this experience.

In 1994, at the age of thirty-seven, Egan began creating art, which led to her enrolling in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. Egan has participated in many exhibitions throughout her educational career including 'Expression through Diversity’, 2000 (Graduation show, CUT); 'On Track: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Western Australia’ – a touring show of works from the collection of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in 2004; 'Noongar Country’ in 2008 and 2009 at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries; 'Show Off’ (2, 4 & 5) at the City of Cockburn in 2005, 2008 and 2009 respectively; and 'Moorditj Mob’ in 2009 at Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle.


Interactive Drawing Space

The State Art Collection display Your Collection 1920 – 1960 features a drawing table for both children and adults. Participants can draw a colourful still life using the objects in the exhibition as inspiration. You can then take your work home or display it within the space for everyone to admire.


City Playground Pass

Enjoy family fun with the City Playground Guide this school holidays! Pick up a FREE City Playground Pass from AGWA for your ticket to school holiday adventures in the City. See inside for details and don’t forget to keep this guide to help you explore everything on offer.

City Playground Pass

A helpful reminder, works of art are like Emus, they don’t like to be touched, and children under ten must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting the Gallery. We look forward to your visit!


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