Kopi Healing Workshops
TREATY is an exhibition at Wyndham Art Gallery, which presents the work of six First Nations artists for whom sovereignty is fundamental to their creative work and lives. This exhibition is being guest curated by Wemba-Wemba Gunditjmarra artist/curator/academic Dr. Paola Balla. As a part of this exhibition program we are delighted to have artist by Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, BoonWurrung/Wemba Wemba) leading Wyndham residents through her highly regarded Kopi Healing Workshop. Maree has run these very powerful workshops in many locations to both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal participants.
The Kopi Healing Workshop is an experiential workshop exploring art making for healing within both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures. This workshop takes courage on the behalf of the participants and the facilitator. Maree is a well-respected figure of the south-eastern Australian Aboriginal community for her inspirational work supporting Aboriginal artists but also for her own successful career as a visual artist. In her practice she works to revive elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost in the period of colonisation and use art as a tool to heal some of our country’s deepest wounds.
Participants should expect the following outcomes:
• Strengthen cultural competencies and capacity to work effectively in cross-cultural contexts
• Develop understanding of the application of art for wellbeing through experiential engagement in a process of art for healing
• Integrate understanding of grief, loss and intergenerational trauma
Although it is requested that participants do not attempt to replicate the Kopi making process in their individual practice, it is intended that facilitated engagement with this process will inspire ideas for the delivery of art for wellbeing.