Goolwa Batik Workshop
In October 2012, Ananguku Arts presented a Batik workshop as part of Ananguku Arts’ SICAD Professional Development Program. Three prominent artists from Ernabella Arts, Alison Milyika Carroll, Tjungkaya Tapaya and Renita Stanley presented the workshop for Ngarrindjeri artists and other non-Indigenous artists from the Goolwa region. An experienced fabric designer and Batik artist, Julie Tylor, was employed as a technical support worker on the project.
The project was initiated by Ananguku Arts in response to requests from Ngarrindjeri artists who were working with fabric, to work with the Ernabella artists as a way of developing their fabric art.
The workshop was held over four days in the stables at the rear of the Old Police Station, a community arts facility in Goolwa. It was designed to give artists with no previous experience in Batik the basic skills to be able to explore a new medium for their art.
The experience of participants was overwhelmingly positive with strong learning outcomes and high levels of satisfaction. The quality of work produced was high and a gallery owner from Adelaide who visited the workshop on Thursday expressed a strong interest in exhibiting the work
The workshop clearly achieved its aim of delivering a high intensity skills development program. The enthusiasm for the art form among participants was very strong and is likely to result in ongoing Batik work amongst artists in the Goolwa region. The quality of work produced by both the local artists and the Ernabella women was very high and the potential for a resurgence in the production of Indigenous Batik in South Australia is very real as a direct consequence of this activity.
Goolwa artists working with silk and hot bees wax for the first time at the Old Police Stables