Workshop at Casula Powerhouse Gallery
Written by Kathy Morris
After watching Masae Ako demonstrate the making of two arrangements, listening to an introduction to Sogetsu by Kathryn Morris, and being guided through watercolour basics by Laurel Peel, fifteen participants sketched and painted their impressions of the arrangements.
In the afternoon there was a second session for another 15 participants.
The manager of the event said that in the lead-up to the event, the Ikebana Watercolour workshops were so popular, that they could have been booked three times over.
The workshops took place as part of a day celebrating contemporary Japanese culture, building on the fascination young people worldwide have for the very accessible art form, Manga. With its graphic depiction of blended Japanese folklore and contemporary themes, manga cartoons can be sophisticated graphic novels on the one hand, or something enthusiasts produce at home or at conventions, and publish online.
The Japan Foundation collaborated with the Casula management to produce a multimedia experience that demonstrated ways that the arts can be linked, and enjoyed by all ages.
There was the Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition, the creation of mangazines by the up to 16yr olds, films, and the making of giant sushi from paper and cardboard.
The Arts Centre is a vast building, situated on two kilometres of river frontage.
It was originally a working powerhouse, which was abandoned, then converted in the 60’s into a venue with educational spaces, and international standard performance and exhibition spaces.
Bellbird Dining and Bar, at the side of the four stories high foyer, has some of its tables outdoors. From there you can look out to a community food garden.
The Casula Powerhouse is a hidden gem, worth revisiting.