Boroondara Arts is delighted to welcome the community back to the Hawthorn Arts Centre to reconnect with the arts once more, with a particularly special art installation on display to mark the reopening.

APOMAWISH is a collaborative art project designed by artist Rachel Burke and brought to life by the community.

The project was initially conceived as a creative catalyst to gather people in knitting circles, classrooms, neighbourhood centres, workplaces and other community settings to contribute to an installation as part of the 2021 Craft Contemporary festival.

With COVID-19 restrictions impacting the ability to deliver the initiative in a face to face environment, what transpired was a creative movement embraced during isolation and adopted across homes and families, neighbourhoods, friendship circles, work colleagues and school groups.

Boroondara Arts invited community members to craft pompoms paired with heartfelt wishes for the future to contribute to the installation, keeping hands and minds busy and spirits hopeful as Melbourne experienced its sixth lockdown.

With guidance and encouragement from Rachel Burke, the pompoms were then dropped off at Boroondara’s libraries or posted by mail for inclusion in the installation.

APOMAWISH is now on display at Hawthorn Arts Centre until 19 February 2022 as an inspiring reminder of our community’s resilience and connection to the arts, even during challenging times of isolation.

Come wander through this meaningful installation and be inspired to contribute a pompom and wish of your own to be celebrated alongside the many others.

Rachel Burke is a practicing multidisciplinary artist, designer, and author based in Brisbane, Australia. Known for her vibrant, tactile designs and iconic tinsel creations, her work is inspired by a love for naive craft materials and transforming the mundane into the magical. Rachel has exhibited her work in gallery spaces across Australia, including Saint Cloche Gallery, Hamer Hall, The Australian Centre of the Moving image, Enough Space, GAFFA, and the Redlands Art Gallery.