Parkview Public School recently hosted the Murrumbidgee Shadow Play Residency, a program for young people in the Western Riverina region of NSW featuring workshops led by internationally recognised Indonesian-Australian artist, Jumaadi.
"Jumaadi is and artist with a fantastic reputation," said Melanie Baulch, project administrator and Griffith-based artist. "We're very lucky to have him visiting the region: he has exhibited work in solo and groups shows across Australia but also internationally. His work includes puppet-making, poetry and other visual arts and craft techniques."
Jumaadi's connections to Indonesia remain significant – he maintains a studio in Yogyakarta and his work has been shown at the Jakarta Biennale (2011) and the National Gallery of Indonesia. Recently Jumaadi represented Australia in the Moscow Biennale (2013) with his shadow performance.
Jumaadi worked with three schools while in the Western Riverina region, spending a day at each creating performance works using puppets (created out of local natural materials) and projection shadowplay. The workshops began on 24 March at Parkview Public School with more than 20 students engaging in a unique cultural experience.
Students displayed the works they created with a showcase that was hosted from 5pm-6pm on the day of the workshop in the school hall which was attended by over 150 community members.
We extend a huge thank you to Jumaadi, Melanie Baulch, Mrs Motion and Western Riverina Arts for facilitating this opportunity for our children.