About the Project
HABITS OF HORSES invited the community to celebrate and explore our relationship with horses, learn new art skills from senior artists and artisans, undertake new experiences, express creativity and get up close and personal with these beautiful animals that have been such an important part of our history.
The HABITS OF HORSES project presented curated exhibitions with works by international and nationally recognised artists together with community artists, beginners and dabblers. It married the historical with the contemporary, providing opportunities for reminiscing and story-telling through workshops, events, talks and demonstrations across several venues including the Mundaring Arts Centre, Midland Junction Arts Centre and Mundaring Sculpture Park.
Thank you to everyone who participated, shared their skills, enthusiasm and creative energy to make Habits of Horses 2017 such a success. It has been a monumental project celebrating our connections with horses and community.
The following film created by Curtin University Film and Television student Andrew Sampson encapsulates just a few of the special moments, from the stunning temporary sculpture exhibition; drawing, ceramics and school workshops; exhibitions by contemporary artists; people’s enjoyment of live horses; community groups who work with horses; cultural celebrations, including music and dance to the gorgeous Hobby Horses. Please enjoy the following stories to view the whole project.
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre will be participating in the Habits of Horses project with a large story and poetry display at the Centre featuring horse-themed works from members - fiction and non-fiction - in the shape of a horse.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre will come alive with Tamil dancing and food to celebrate the Horse Drawn and Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods exhibitions. Join us for the unveiling of the community Totemic Horses and the 3.5m terracotta horse created by artist in residence, Indian Potter Subbaiah Kasirajan. Visit the free exhibitions to see how leading WA artists and community members have interpreted their relationships with horses, try your hand at drawing a foal, create a small ceramic horse or simply soak up the community spirit.
Join renowned visual artist Angela Stewart for a drawing workshop focusing on the significance of horses and their role in history. You will experiment with charcoal and mixed media on paper, working in both traditional and experimental approaches.
Come and learn the latest from Perth’s creative east…
Community Arts Network and Mundaring Arts Centre join forces for this creative industry networking event.
Hear about MAC’s plans for Midland Junction Arts Centre and their latest project, Habits of Horses, currently exhibiting in Midland and Mundaring. Learn about how the community has been part of this exciting project.
During the Horse Drawn and Vahana exhibitions we invite groups to book a free session and visit the potters in residence. Groups of 5 - 15 participants can take part in drop-in workshops on Thursdays 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep and 21 Sep.
It's easy: simply choose a session, call or email our Education Manager and discuss a time that works for your group. You can select from the following workshops:
- Charcoal sketching
- Ink and conte creation
- Guided tours
- Ceramic pinch pots with Lee Woodcock
Please join us to hear Clare Arni talk about her exhibition and the work she does in India documenting aspects of Indian cultural life. Her solo exhibition documents the lives of marginalised communities in some of the most remote regions of India and the disappearing trades of urban India. She will also provide an insight into the tradition of terracotta horse making and veneration of the Hindu gods.
The talk will be followed by a walk through to see the progress of the 3m high terracotta horse being created at the Midland Junction Arts Centre by Artist in Residence, Kasirajan Subbaiah from India.
Drop in, meet the artist and join her for an informal workshop any time between 10am and 1pm. Try your hand at felting and create a small horse-inspired brooch or rosette using horse hair and other animal fibres.
Celebrated Bangalore based photographer, Clare Arni presents a series of photographs detailing the making of terracotta horses and Hindu votive offerings for the Aiyanar festival in India.
HORSE DRAWN celebrates the equine form through traditional drawing skills and contemporary digital drawing methods and includes an artist-in-residence program, an exhibition of artworks by WA artists, art work created in community art workshops, floor talks and demonstrations.
Join internationally renowned ceramist, Bernard Kerr for a three day hand-building ceramics workshop to create your own terracotta horse. Be a part of the Habits of Horses Project and join the community celebration.
Help Animal Aid Abroad celebrate 10 years of helping working animals around the world and launch of Global Working Animal Day by taking part in the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Challenge to enable us to help abused, sick and suffering working animals in desperate need.
Four prominent WA artists install large-scale sculptures relating to horses for a temporary exhibition at the Mundaring Sculpture Park. Featuring Tony Jones, Claire Bailey, Denise Brown and Cecile Williams, the Sculpture Park Horse-in-Stall sees the artists tackle the theme on dramatic scale, set amongst the picturesque surroundings of one of Mundaring's favourite community parks, where families and visitors can picnic and play surronded by incredible contemporary artworks.
Since 1830 when exploration parties, accompanied by pack-horses, first ventured over Western Australia’s Darling Range in search of greener pastures, horses’ hoofprints have made a mark on the Hills’ landscape. Whether used for ploughing, warfare, transportation, entertainment or therapy, horses have been integral in shaping and enriching the Shire of Mundaring’s past and present. This exhibition celebrates the horse, and the many and varied ways humans have interacted with these magnificent animals over the years.
Saddle up for the Great Hobby Horse Race and be in the running to win great prizes!
On Sun 20 August artists will be 'on the green' at the Mundaring Sculpture Park from 10am, inviting people to come and make a hobby horse, have their face painted and create a dressage top hat.
Hobby Horse Races will be held in a number of heats throughout the day with the Magic Millions Grand Prize Heat held between 2-3pm. Participants will jump over a series of stunning Hobby Horse jumps made by artist Denise Brown to be in the running for great prizes including prize packs from Magic Millions, Horseland, Hoofbeats Magazine and Jacksons Drawing Supplies.
Join us for a day packed with opportunities to connect with and better understand horses through drawing, plaiting, painting and sculpture as well as rides, races, competitions, demonstrations by horse breeders, the SES, the 10th Light Horse Regiment, leather workers and more!
The Mundaring Sculpture Park will become a hub of activity on the Open Day, hosting an outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculpture, a live music stage, horse petting, whip cracking, historical and art exhibitions, local community displays, poetry readings, a book sale, international food vans and activities such as saddling competitions, horse shoe quoits and the Great Hobby Horse Race.
Serious Horsing Around
Celebrating the role of the horse in agriculture, economy and sport, contemporary artists respond to the ancestral and cultural role horses played in the country of their forefathers. With artists Madeleine Clear, Marcia Espinosa, Indra Geidans, Jan Griffiths, Tony Jones, Paul Kaptein, Theo Koning, Matt McVeigh, Andrew Nicholls, Anna Louise Richardson, Sue Starcken and Yuko Takahashi. Curated by Jude van der Merwe.
Image: Marcia Espinosa
A wild ride with hay, horse hair and horse shoes - community artworks inspired by horses
A community exhibition including a ‘paddock’ of sculptured hay horses; a wall-mounted mob of wild brumbies made from found objects; small sculptures, rosettes and jewellery incorporating horse hair created by school children teenagers and adults. Artworks have been created in a series of workshops led by professional artists for local schools and the general community in the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.
HILARIOUS HOBBY HORSES & MORE
Bring a zany or woolly sock to the Avon Descent activity tent and craft your own hobby horse to take home.
Sunday 6 August | 10am - 3pm | Suitable for all ages
FREE | Materials supplied
Lilac Hill West Swan Rd West Swan WA
Mundaring Camera Club members proudly present a selection of photographs depicting various horse scenes throughout Perth, capturing the essence of the horse industry and our relationships with these magnificent animals.
Create a Hobby Horse using paper mâché and sculptural techniques. Be inspired by horses from real life to mythology including centaurs, Pegasus, Black Beauty, the Trojan Horse, stallions & race horses.
Join the fun and race your horse through a course of jumps at the HABITS OF HORSES Open Day on Sunday 20 August at the Mundaring Sculpture Park. Prizes awarded at the Open Day Event!
As part of the HABITS OF HORSES PROJECT fibre artist Katrina Virgona will introduce 3D felting using horse hair and wool to create horse-inspired jewellery, rosettes and small sculptured forms. Your creation can be displayed in the community exhibition HORSE TALES at Mundaring Arts Centre from 11 August to 10 September.
In the lead up to the HORSE DRAWN exhibition, senior artists take up residency in the Midland Junction Arts Centre studios for up to 6 weeks. Artists renowned for their technique examine line, tone, texture, structure and movement through workshops with local school students, artists and the community.