portrait of artist Akala

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PHIVE
5 Parramatta Square, Parramatta NSW 2150
Free Event

Leisure Play-Water Memories: Meditation, Art, Poetry, Sound with Akala


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PHIVE
5 Parramatta Square, Parramatta NSW 2150
Free Event

Leisure Play is a three part workshop series spanning cultural practices of cuisine, textiles and sound that centre togetherness as we begin the winter months.

As a Wiradjuri and Gadigal Artist / Singer Songwriter and producer Akala believes in the transformative power of water and community care. Join Akala Newman's workshop “Water Memories" and dive deep into a grounding creative journey that connects you to place through the art of deep listening, Meditation, watercolour, Poetry and Sound.

What to Expect:

Meditative Breathwork: Center your mind and body through guided meditation. (Cushions will be supplied).

Watercolor Art: Express your inner self with experimental water colour.

Poetry: Experience the beauty of your words that echo the tranquility of water and your experiences.

Sound Production: Transforming art and language into a collaborative soundscape.

No previous experience needed. 

Important information:  

Duration: 2 Hours

Location: Level 3, Makers Space

The workshop is free however registrations are essential. Best suited to people aged 18+

For access requirements please contact education@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

About Akala:

Akala Newman is a Wiradjuri/Gadigal multi-disciplined performer, songwriter, educator and cultural producer whose experience includes cultural care practices. Her artistry is influenced by fantasy and magic; she challenges the notion of what it means to be a First Nations woman today and to live by your own narrative. 

Akala began her producing career at Moogahlin Performing Arts (Carriageworks), is now a First Nations Consultant at Arts and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta; First Nations Academic lecturer, and Student Coordinator at the National Art School;  Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts; and Intimacy Coordinator with Key Intimate Scenes Australia. In 2023. Akala received both the Koori Radio Artist Residency and The Red Rattler Artist Residency where she received funding from Create NSW to begin her curated event Gili Gatherings (To 'Shine' in Gadigal language) she continues her art practices and working with the community to inspire, uplift and celebrate First People’s Voices.

Image credit: Shane Rozario

PHIVE sits on the lands and waters of the Burramattagal people of the Dharug nation and we acknowledge Burramatta as significant place of ceremony, story and tradition. We pay our respects to Dharug Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future and extend our respect to all First Nations people we work with, joining this program and visiting PHIVE.


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PHIVE
5 Parramatta Square, Parramatta NSW 2150
Free Event