The art of turtle making at Kaiela Arts

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Turtle making got serious yesterday when the Department of Justice and Community Safety staff let down their hair to take part in the Kaiela Arts Turtle Muster.

The gallery’s three-month turtle-making program offers the chance to buy a kit to create a unique turtle tile under the guidance of an Aboriginal artist.

Gallery Manager Angie Russi said the tiles would become part of a large Turtle Muster Mosaic to be launched in June.

‘‘We love having children and adults participate in the Turtle Muster, particularly organisations as it allows people to do something completely different to what there normal day is, sitting at their desk or dealing with clients,’’ Ms Russi said.

She said the session gives groups the opportunity to ask questions around aboriginal culture and the gallery.

‘‘Its not a formal experience, its a fun experience and everyone leaves with a smile on their face,’’ Ms Russi said.

DJCS sheriff’s aboriginal liaison officer Leanne Adams said the organisation wanted to do something more hands on this year to support aboriginal culture.

‘‘We like to acknowledge aboriginal events throughout the year such as Naidoc Week and Sorry Day but for something different we thought we’d come to Kaiela Arts and participate in the Turtle Muster,’’ Ms Adams said.

‘‘Our staff get a bit of culture awareness while participating in team building, cultural awareness and engage with artists for a bit of fun,’’ she said.