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Artist Activation | Sharyn Egan – Balga Waangkiny (Balga Talking) Yarning Together

Artist Activation | Sharyn Egan – Balga Waangkiny (Balga Talking) Yarning Together

This event has been cancelled. The Art Gallery of WA apologises for any inconvenience.

Join Sharyn Egan during Pulse Perspectives for Balga Waangkiny (Balga Talking) Yarning Together, an Artist Activation inspiring connection and mindfulness where you can sit quietly, untangle your thoughts, share stories, and weave feeling into an accumulating installation inspired by grass trees.

This all ages experience is open 10am-3pm, (Wednesday – Monday) 7 March – 29 June during Pulse Perspectives.

Sharyn Egan will be working in the activation space:
10am-3pm, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March
10am-3pm, Wednesday 22 April 
10am-3pm, Saturday 23 May

As hay is used in this Artist Activation people who suffer from asthma or allergies should participate at their own discretion.

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10am-3pm, 7 March – 29 June 2020

Centenary Galleries



About Sharyn Egan

Sharyn Egan is a Nyoongar woman whose arts practice began at the age of 37. The themes of Sharyn’s work are informed by the experiences of her life as a Nyoongar woman. Sharyn works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and woven forms using traditional and contemporary fibres. Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as sculptural forms often based on flora and fauna that has totemic significance for the Nyoongar people. She works predominantly in oils, ochres, resins and natural fibres exploring her experience growing up in New Norcia and commenting upon the associated trauma, emotions and a deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.

When making sculpture, out of meadow grass and wool it’s very relaxing, the mind goes quiet and time disappears. When people sit down to create together, especially families, it’s like a regrouping, with everyone working towards the same goal. Families arrive and kids are screaming, but within ten minutes of sitting down and working together everyone is calm and people are learning from each other. For children it’s great for them to develop their fine motor skills, while for parents it’s a way to learn from their children and each other. When the parents relax, the koorlungah, the kids can relax too. I guess this is what people call mindfulness, when you’re working on something, but making a new space together. For Aboriginal peoples, these spaces are normal, they are everyday spaces where we yarn, where we learn and where we share.
Sharyn Egan, 2020