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CCWM Masterclasses and Workshops

Deepen your knowledge and understanding through our expert led masterclasses and workshops.

Join these exclusive expert led sessions closely examining objects on exhibition and in the collections.

Persistent patterns: a workshop on Pacific barkcloth  

Bark cloth with tassels, black and brown geometric patterns

Salatasi waist cloth in Wallis and Futuna style. Transferred from Anthropology Department, University of Sydney 1965-1979 (Macleay Collections, ET87.6.5). 

Saturday 18 March, 12.30 - 3.30 pm 

To coincide with the Ömie barkcloth: pathways of nioge exhibition in the Ian Potter Gallery, CCWM is celebrating cloth traditions from across the Pacific in this dedicated workshop focused on the diverse technologies of barkcloth making and equally varied decorative treatments.

Our focus is on the historic barkcloths in the Macleay Collections, a number of which will be on view. The workshop will include an investigation of different styles of making and use, histories of collection and acquisition and their care in the museum context. Joining specialist CCW Museum staff are Ms Ruth Choulai, of Motu (Papua New Guinea) heritage and Mr Leo Tanoi of Samoan heritage who will talk about some of the contexts in which cloths are made and used in the past and today.  

Book early, places are strictly limited. A program will be sent out following registration.

Cost $150.00 includes afternoon tea.