Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fantastic Workshops organised for Community Arts on Norfolk Island

Now is the time to be on Norfolk Island so you can take part in some amazing workshops on offer. But you'll really kick yourself if you miss out on our Quiz Night next Saturday 28 August - read on and make sure you get a table booked!

Quiz Night 28th August
It’s only one more week now to our Annual Quiz Night – make sure you don’t miss out as there are only a few tables available. There’ll be teams of maximum ten people per table, full bar facilities (NO b.y.o.grog please) and free tea & coffee. The cost is $10.00 per person and all monies need to be paid to the Gas Centre by Thursday 26th August. You are welcome to bring some nibbles and munchies and don’t forget to bring a good brain or an even better brains trust.  All proceeds to Norfolk Island’s attendance at the 2011 Festival of Pacific Art. This is a great night, always full of fun so don’t miss out.

What:          Annual QUIZ NIGHT
When:         28th August
Where:        Parish Centre
Time:        7.00 for 7.30pm start 
Booking:     by e-mailing or phone Celia on 54280.  

Flax Weaving Workshop
We are very fortunate that some of our Community Arts Society members who are accomplished weavers, keep themselves abreast of international festivals, workshops and innovations in the weaving world.  They were able to tell us of New Zealander Ali Brown who is an acclaimed and recognised weaver in flax – and equally well-known as a tutor in the art of flax weaving.  She has published a book “Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax” and her workshop here will centre on this.  Her website  will entice you more.  There are still a few spaces available in the workshop on Tuesday 31 August 6.30pm – 9.30pm and the Thursday  6.30pm2nd September 6.30pm – 9.30pm  (Total 6 hours over two sessions).

Weaving Workshops:

Where:        Tampali Studio (Don & Maree’s “Shed”), Bumboras Road. 
Cost:         $60 per person
Booking:     by e-mail to or phone or text Celia on 54280.

Equipment participants will need to bring to the weaving workshops:
Flax – to be supplied by Community Arts
strong scissors
packet of spring clothes pegs
non-serrated edge knife such as a butter knife to soften the flax
awl or blunt needle such as a bodkin to split flax
cushion to sit on
pencil and paper to take notes
tape measure or rule
strong dog comb for shredding flax  (Ali will have some of these with her)
nit or lice comb for making finer shreds.

In response to the interest expressed in dyeing of the flax Ali will conduct an extra 2 hour workshop on Wednesday evening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Cost is $20 per person. Equipment for the dyeing workshop:  participants will need to bring scissors, blunt needle, blunt knife, tongs, rubber gloves (not essential). Please also bring a strong fork or strong dog comb to make shredded flax to dye. For bookings or further enquiries please phone Celia on 54280 or email

Please note that a Pot Luck Welcome Tea will be held following the workshop on Sunday 29th commencing at 5.30 p.m.  All Community Arts members are invited and those who are participating in the workshops.

Island Dancing weekly classes will recommence in September.  Tahitian instructor Heipua Lehartel will be here during the next School Holidays conducting junior, teens and adult classes.  All welcome to come along to get started on the basics or to revise (remember) - and be ready for some intense and fun dancing.

Life Drawing and Botanical Art Workshops
Dates are still to be finalised for a life drawing workshop, but most likely this will be in October. "Life drawing" is the process of drawing the human figure from observation of a live model.  More details will be provided as soon as possible.

Again through the talents and yearning for learning of another of our talented residents, we have been made aware of Australian artist Narelle Thomas.  Narelle is a contempary Botanical Artist and teacher.  After a career as a photographic artist and an exhibiting watercolourist, botanical illustration was the next step.  So combining her passions of art and nature with science.   What we need to do before finalizing her travel here to conduct workshops  is to establish if there is enough interest. You can let us know, again by e-mailing  or drop a note to Community Arts Society, PO Box 159, Norfolk Island.  And check out Narelle’s divine web site 


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