A smorgasbord of art, culture and food will officially launch Food for Thought at the Mundaring Rotary Sunday Markets from 9am to 2pm on Sunday 14 March.
Shire of Mundaring and Mundaring Arts Centre have partnered to create the program, which cultivates art learning opportunities in the shire and explores how food shapes our culture, experiences and art.
The Food for Thought program was created to increase participation in, and access to, arts and culture in the Hills region.
Food is the ultimate connector and symbol of change. It is central to our lives and our survival, and has dominated social media platforms in recent times and traditional art forms throughout history.
Shire President, John Daw, said the Food for Thought program offers learning opportunities for all ages.
“The Food for Thought program offers the opportunity to learn from outstanding WA artists who are well recognised in a range of different media.”
The program would also provide mentorship to local art tutors and help them deliver a range of specialist and community workshops.
“I am looking forward to seeing a new level of energy around locally run art workshops in the future.”
Cr Daw encouraged residents with a passion for food, culture and the arts to attend the Food for Thought Bazaar on Sunday 14 March and learn more about the program which runs until May, and pre-register for demonstrations and workshops.
“Visitors to the markets can enjoy a wander through the Food for Thought Bazaar. They can also create a small clay dish with local ceramicist, Bernard Kerr or browse locally crafted pottery at the Make Bake Serve Preserve pop up,” he said.
Visitors can book their spot to experience the wonder of a traditional tea ceremony or a variety of native bush tucker dishes at Mundaring Arts Centre.
Celebrate diversity with a performance by the Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe and share food stories with local food ambassadors, Slow Food Convivium, Cumin Cook and Short Street Kitchen.
Food for Thought is an ambitious program, delivering 60 workshops in a variety of media including woodwork, ceramics, writing and poetry and woven fibre craft.
The program will conclude with an exhibition from Friday 4 June until Sunday 1 August at the Mundaring Arts Centre.
The Food for Thought program is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring through a $50,000 Culture and the Arts WA Outer Metro Arts grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and in partnership with the Mundaring Arts Centre. The program is also supported by Mundaring Adult Creative and Learning Centre and Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre.
For more information, or to book a workshop, visit the Mundaring Arts Centre website www.mundaringartscentre.com.au/food-for-thought