A Big Day of Positive Change

Kickstart Network Presents

THE WALKOUT STEP LAUNCH

A big day of positive change celebrating a new public artwork that redefines colonial space.

By pakana artist Cheryl Mundy with sculptor Marcus Tatton.

Please join us for an uplifting

REPURPOSING CEREMONY

 

From orphanage to arts and wellbeing centre.

A ceremony to commemorate Kickstart's success in repairing this once derelict colonial orphanage building and transforming it into a community place for creativity, connection, and wellbeing.

With Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC Governor of Tasmania.

 

Music by:

Madalena

Dewayne Everettsmith & Boil Up (Unplugged)

The Pakana Kanaplila Dancers

When:

3 - 6PM, Saturday May 28, 2022

Where:

The former Queens Orphan School for Boys

Church Avenue

St Johns Park New Town

(next to St John's Church)

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The Walkout Step

​pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) elder and first time public artist Cheryl Mundy and sculptor Marcus Tatton are collaborating to create this art work from natural materials sourced from different parts of lutrawita country, steel and clear resin.

 

The installation is a response to the reality that pakana children were incarcerated and suffered terribly in both the boys and girls colonial orphanages 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’s concept is to bring the natural elements that were robbed from the Aboriginal children kept in the orphanage. Shells, sand, stones, leaves, kelp, reeds, charcoal... “our kids had to walk on foreign land and had foreign things under their feet.”

Cheryl and Marcus discuss the Walkout Step
Cheryl and Marcus discuss the Walkout Step

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Cheryl and Marcus discuss the Walkout Step
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Artists: Cheryl Mundy & Marcus Tatton