Workshops for Adults

Walking Together for Rakali Weaving Workshop

Workshops for Adults
Walking Together for Rakali Weaving Workshop
Event Information

Join Isobel Morphy-Walsh (Taungurung) and Vic Morphy as we weave up a storm and reimagine how the river looks to Australia’s native water-rat, the Rakali.

Isobel will lead a series of workshops that will result in a communal artwork that celebrates the Rakali. Acknowledging the deep connections that First Nations community has to this species, come and learn the delicate art of weaving at these upcoming workshops and contribute to several 3D communal woven artworks.

Walking Together for Rakali is a collaboration between the Threatened Species Conservancy and Footscray Community Arts.

This project is informed by First Nations stories and knowledge and stands alongside the community-led research that has been underway all year to assess the health of the Rakali in the waterways around the bay in Naarm.

Sat 14 Oct 1—4pm
Sat 28 Oct 10—1pm & 2—5pm, featuring International Resident Artist Atheana Picha, 2 sessions
Sun 12 Nov 10—1pm & 2—5pm, 2 sessions


Date & Times

Saturday 14 October 1:00 pm

Sunday 12 November 5:00 pm

Footscray Community Arts
Meet the Artists
  • Isobel Morphy-Walsh and Vic Morphy
    Isobel Morphy-Walsh and Vic Morphy

    Isobel Morphy-Walsh is a proud nirim baluk people from the Taun Wurrung (Taungurung) Nation. Vic Morphy has an Australian settler heritage steeped in the bush, football, and Holden cars. Together they make up half of Morphy-Walsh family! They are known for a wide variety of things. Amongst them there is a wordsmith, two weavers, a storyteller, a song woman, two makers, a teacher, arts workers, educators, image makers, activists, and lovers of place and people. Particularly their own!

  • Isobel Morphy-Walsh
    Isobel Morphy-Walsh

    Isobel Morphy-Walsh is a proud Nirim Baluk woman from the Taun Wurrung (Taungurung) people. She is a mutli-disciplinary artists spanning both visual art and performance art, a weaver, a curator, a producer, an activist and an educator. Isobel has spent her life working with her community and our cultures with a particular emphasis on history, culture, country and its importance today.

  • Vic Morphy
    Vic Morphy

    Victoria Morphy has an Australian settler heritage steeped in the bush, football, and Holden cars. She is visual artist being trained in fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts (graduated 1980). Victoria is also a weaver having learnt the artform to transfer to her children keeping their culture and traditions alive. She is also a teacher of over 39 years (Graduate Diploma 1984) and much of her former arts worker practice centred around community based arts projects and co-operatives.

  • Atheana Picha
    Atheana Picha

    Atheana Picha is a Salish artist from the Kwantlen First Nation, and her grandmother was from Tsartlip. Atheana was given the name Nash’mene’ta’naht by Gerry Oleman from the St’at’imc First Nation, which translates to “Go-getter Woman”. Born in Vancouver, she grew up in and works out of Richmond, BC. She is an interdisciplinary artist, working mostly in 2-dimensional media. Atheana has been doing two apprenticeships learning Salish wool weaving with Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow since 2019, and learning silver engraving, wood carving, and tool making with Squamish artist and educator Aaron Nelson-Moody since 2018. Atheana’s practice is grounded in learning more about Salish design through studying the old pieces, observing nature, and learning from her elders and teachers.


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