Numbulwar Country, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts
Past Event

Numbulwar Pop-up Studio and Exhibition – A Collaboration Between Tait, Agency and Numbulwar Numburindi Arts

Presented by Agency Projects and Tait


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 20 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 20 May 10:00am - 2:00pm
Artist in residence
Sun 21 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 21 May 10:00am - 2:00pm
Artist in residence
Mon 22 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 27 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 28 May 10:00am - 4:00pm


Free, no booking required


Tait Showroom
209-211 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia


All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Agency and Tait host an immersive activation with the Numbulwar Numburindi Arts pop-up studio, exhibition, and weaving circle in the Tait showroom.

Built on self-determination, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts is a collective of artists whose mission is to keep culture strong. Established in 2019, Numbulwar’s first art centre is 100 per cent owned and controlled by the community. Born from the community’s desire to practice and engage with traditional culture, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts is a space for artistic and cultural expression.

A key focus of this collaboration is an exhibition of works specifically woven by master weavers, Joy and Rose Wilfred, which reimagine Tait’s iconic Tidal chair, the design of which references ocean and wave patterns. The studio will not only highlight the beauty of the Numbulwar weavers’ practice, but is designed to encourage a conversation around the use of discarded ghost nets, which wash up on the shores of their remote community in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Ghost nets account for about 40% of all ocean plastic and take 600 years to break down. Removing these polluters from their oceans and shores has an enduring legacy and is a modern act of caring for Country for Numburindi people.

Numburindi Artists Joy Wilfred, Rose Wilfred and Janette Murrungun will be in residence in the studio on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May between 10am and 2pm, showcasing their traditional weaving practice. A selection of small fibre artworks will be available for sale across the week. Adding to the live studio experience, Joy, Rose and Janette will also be hosting a weaving circle on both Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May. Learn to weave a small basket and enjoy the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work.


Joy Wilfred

Joy Wilfred is a quietly spoken artist who taught herself how to weave at the age of 20. She has two children and one grandson. Joy spends her time with family in Numbulwar community and regularly teaches weaving at the local school. Joy is a highly experienced weaver and has been weaving traditional and non-traditional pieces for many decades.

Janette Murrungun

Janette is an arts worker at Numbulwar Numburindi Arts and experienced weaver using ghost net and pandanus. An expert harvester, Janette holds deep knowledge around sourcing plants for string-making, natural dyeing and traditional weaving.

Rose Wilfred

Rose Wilfred is an artist and arts worker at Numbulwar Numburindi Arts. She was taught to weave at an early age by her grandmother, and teaches weaving at Numbulwar School to ensure the tradition is carried on.

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