Narrandera Arts and Creative Network
Narrandera Arts and Creative Network is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who aim to create links between creatives and support them through workshops, access to their workshop space and more.
This project was born when The Cad Factory and NACNet met to discuss ideas to create a large arts event to take place in various locations around Narrandera, back in 2013. During this meeting NACNet member Gay Elizabeth Campbell suggested the Common as an important local location. From this initial converation, On Common Ground has been developed over the last two years.
NACNet has commissioned five local artists to make new work for the festival.
Performance Space has sent Sydney based artist Nicole Barakat and their Curator-at-Large Bec Dean to hold a series of eco-dyeing workshops to create a new site-specific installation for On Common Ground.
A group of 20 community members have been working on eco-dyeing, stitching and weaving material to create this large artwork.
Sarah McEwan has worked with students from Narrandera Public School, St Joseph’s and Narrandera High School on the creation of Welcome Flags. The idea behind the flags is that the thoughts and well wishes of Narrandera’s children and young people will gently blow in the wind to welcome the audience of On Common Ground. These textile artworks are re-appropriating Tibetan Prayer Flags.
The Leeton Lace Makers
The Leeton Lacemakers meet on a monthly basis in Leeton to practice and enhance their lacemaking skills in a relaxed and friendly space. The Leeton Lacemakers actively support the aims of the Australian Lace Guild by promoting lacemaking in Australia and bring together lace makers and lace enthusiasts and offers help and assistance to people when they are starting out on their lace making journey. Current members travel from Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Sydney to be part of the group and they welcome any new members or visitors who would like to come along and join them.
Pen to Paper
Narrandera Pen to Paper Writers’ Group was formed in 2013 by Narrandera writer Fran Foley and is now a sub-group of Narrandera Arts & Creative Network Inc. Pen to Paper provides, through fortnightly gatherings, and occasional workshops, a sharing and enriching environment for anyone interested in any genre of writing.
Hands on Weavers
The Hands on Weavers are a collective of women, men and their families and is inclusive of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people interested in coming together to share fibre based art making and cultural practices. It involves an intimate exchange of knowledge, sitting side by side over time looking, listening and learning.
Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists
The Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists are a keen group of nature enthusiasts from Narrandera, Leeton and Griffith who get together every month to explore natural areas throughout the Murrumbidgee region. Their goal is to facilitate and promote the knowledge of natural history, and to encourage the preservation and protection of the Australian natural environment, especially that of the Murrumbidgee River Valley. They produce a detailed newsletter every month which is published on their website, and are always happy to invite new faces along on their walks. Copies of their local flora field identification guide, and regional birdwatching sites map are available from the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre.