In 2016, CAN ran a series of creative workshops with the Northam Yorgas, a social craft group of Noongar women who meet weekly to craft, lunch and yarn.
Weaving workshops and a two-week studio intensive enabled the group to create hand-printed textiles prints, woven sculptures and other objects featuring Wheatbelt imagery including wildflowers and swans.
Sharing stories of country, childhood recollections and memories of Elders was the central theme of the studio intensive that supported the Yorgas to refine their skills and explore new craft techniques.
The Northam Yorgas’ work became Kwobadak Maar – a temporary, pop-up exhibition that occupied an empty shopfront in the main street of Northam. A zine captured the works and their stories and distributed the outcomes with a wider audience.
The exhibition featured works by Elaine Dickie, the late Norma Garlett, Frances Gillespie, Glenda Kickett, Janet Kickett, Yvonne Kickett, Cindy Moody, Deborah Moody and Sonia Stack.
CAN also supported the Northam Yorgas to develop the skills and confidence needed to market their work, with the group successfully selling their work at the Revealed 2017 Market. The group chose to return the following year, coordinating their own market stall independently.