The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is celebrating NAIDOC week with Weaving Connections, an exhibition showcasing cultural weaving techniques by Felicity Chapman (Deadly Weavers) and local weavers from the Toowoomba Region.

Felicity Chapman, aka ‘Deadly Weavers’, is a proud Wiradjuri woman who travelled from Ngaro and Gia country (Airlie Beach) to participate as Toowoomba’s second feature artist in the Toowoomba Arts Footprint, Artists in Residence Program.

Felicity’s aim with Deadly Weavers is to re-vitalise and preserve ancient cultural knowledge, shining a light on the treasured tradition of cultural weaving.

Throughout her residency, she hosted weaving workshops and connected with the local Indigenous community in the Toowoomba Region.

“Weaving for me is more than an arts practice. As a descendant of the stolen generation, weaving allows me to connect with my culture and country in a gentle and safe way. Importantly, weaving in circle creates a safe space for community to sit and share their stories knowing that everyone will be acknowledged and honoured for their unique wisdom and journey,” Felicity explained.

Weaving Connections, displays works by Felicity and some of her workshop participants; Marisa Ballinger; Carbal Medical Services Community outreach team, clients and staff; Cheryl Moggs; Vanessa Moore; Anna Neumann; Leanne Odd; students and staff from St Ursula’s College and Barbara Walker (Aunty Barb). It showcases the weaving and friendships that have been made in Toowoomba’s community throughout the residency.

The exhibition will be on display at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery until 22 August 2021.

A ‘Meet the Makers’ event will be held at the Gallery this Sunday, 11 July at 1.30pm.

Exhibiting makers will discuss the cultural practice of weaving and share their personal weaving journeys.

Bookings for the event are essential. Please call 131 872 or email: info@tr.qld.gov.au by Friday 9 July.

For more information, please see: Meet the Makers event

The Toowoomba Arts Footprint Artists in Residence project is funded by Arts Queensland and South West Qld Regional Arts.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery at 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm and Sundays 1 to 4pm.

Please note, all visitors are required to use the Check In Queensland app on entry.

Image: Weaving hands during the ‘Deadly Weavers’ Toowoomba Arts Footprint residency, Toowoomba 2021.