tamborine mountain arts collective

Community Weaving – Reclaim the Void

Reclaim the Void is a bold cross-cultural project, seeking to raise awareness of the story of country and its importance in Aboriginal culture in both its physical and spiritual dimensions.

These sessions will leave you feeling relaxed as you sit and weave using discarded manchester. All rugs crafted at the workshops will be gifted to Reclaim the Void.

The Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS) are taking part in a collaborative project run by the Ngalia Heritage Research Council (Aboriginal Corporation), and is informed by their traditional knowledge, spirituality and culture and is immersed in the cultural custodianship of elders past, present and emerging.

The final artwork of 3,000 rugs will include the tapestry of stories of all the people who have contributed to it, and will be a story in its own right, of our collective love, respect, and wish to care for country, and will be brought to life on the country for which it was created in a symbol of hope and healing.

These twined rugs are being woven by people from all walks of life, and the rugs will be joined together into a giant textile artwork which shows an overall pattern that carries the story of the Tjukurrpa of the country where mining has occurred.

  • We’ve dug 80,000 holes across sacred land.
  • We dump 500,000 tonnes of fabric and clothing every year.
  • Can we give our hands and hearts in healing to create 3,000 rugs to symbolically seal one hole?”
  • The WA Museum is partnering with Reclaim the Void for a project exhibition at the WA Museum Boola Bardip and the Museum of the Goldfields.

This project has been going for a couple of years around Australia and beyond, and is about to come to fruition soon with installation of the artwork in September. See https://www.reclaimthevoid.com.au/ for more information.

About the workshops

  • Hours: 10  to 3pm
  • Drop in community weaving sessions with no registrations required, and you are welcome to stay as long as you like.
  • Weave a rug by yourself or with a friend
  • Guidance provided



May 11 - 12 2024


10:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Grand Chameleon
216-222 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain
(07) 5545 0365