Kickstart Arts is holding space for First Nations artists and community members to operate self-determined arts and cultural activities at the pakana studio.
Weaving & Warbling Workshops.
Led by fibre artist Colleen Mundy and Cheryl Mundy, these workshops are a chance for both First Nations and the general community to gather and create fibre based artworks and share stories.
The Walkout Step.
During 2019 & 2020, singer, songwriter and elder Cheryl Mundy has been supported by Kickstart Arts to create her first major visual art artwork called The Walkout Step. She is being mentored in creative process and use of materials by renowned sculptor and installation artist Marcus Tatton in a s respectful collaboration.
This in-ground installation in the entrance to the former boys orphanage is a response to the reality that stolen pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) children were incarcerated there during the nineteenth century. The artwork is, to use Cheryl’s words, “a dream from my heart and spirit to free the children out into their lands rich with natural signs to direct them home.”
Cheryl is deeply connected to the St John’s Park site and to the former orphanages. She is descended from Fanny Cochrane Smith, who was held prisoner in the girls orphanage and her relative Adam was taken from Wyabalenna on Flinders Island and held in the boys. She also worked at St John’s Park as a mental health worker for many years.
Nathan Maynard Mentorship
Kickstart Arts conducted a mentorship in creative producing with pakana playwright Nathan Maynard in 2015.
During this time, Nathan explored starting his own theatre company, writing for theatre, community focused arts practice, making videos and he wrote early drafts of his play, A Not So Traditional Story, which Kickstart Arts commissioned with Aboriginal Education. It was produced by Terrapin and toured in 2018 and 2019.