The opening of the Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods and Horse Drawn exhibitions yesterday afternoon marked the beginning of a transformation for Midland Junction Arts Centre into a hub for international art collaboration and cultural diversity as part of the Habits of Horses project. Visitors were treated to a fantastic performance of traditional Indian Dance by Ghirija Jayarraj and students from the Tamil Association of WA. Thank you to all of those that joined us in celebration!
The Habits of Horses community project provides local artists and community member’s opportunities to work alongside artists from around the world. Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods exhibits a body of work by internationally celebrated photographer Clare Arni, documenting the Ayyanar festivals in rural India in which larger-than-life terracotta horses are created as votive offerings. In conjunction with the exhibition senior potter Subbaiah Kasirajan, from Tamil Nadu, has travelled to Midland to undertake a residency program, creating terracotta horse sculptures on site at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Kasirajan will work alongside internationally recognised WA-based artist Bernard Kerr, ceramicist Lee Woodcock and emerging artist Jan Griffiths from Waringarri Arts Centre in Kununurra. Be sure to follow the Habits of Horses project page for more details.