HABITS of Horses is a community arts project celebrating the historical and cultural significance of the relationship between humans and horses.
During August and September Mundaring Arts Centre will present a series of workshops, exhibitions and events including an open day on Sunday, August 20 from 10am to 4pm at Mundaring Sculpture Park.
On the open day the park will become a hub of activity with an outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculpture, a live music stage, pony rides, horse petting, whip cracking, a demonstration by the 10th Light Horse Regiment, poetry readings, a book sale, international food vans and activities such as saddling competitions, horse shoe quoits and the Great Hobby Horse Race.
The Sculpture Park Horse-in-Stall exhibition with WA artists Tony Jones, Claire Bailey, Denise Brown and Cecile Williams tackling the theme of human interaction with horses on a dramatic scale launches the same day.
In addition to the outdoor exhibition, visitors can attend free art exhibitions exploring the cultural and historical significance of horses at the Mundaring Arts Centre and the Mundaring District Museum.
Habits of Horses: Serious Horsing Around will be showcased in the Mundaring Arts Centre’s Gallery 1 until Sunday, September 10.
Presenting diverse interpretations ranging from sculptural, life-sized and two-dimensional artworks, the group show collects personal histories and cultural insights, marrying the historical with the contemporary.
The Horse Tales community exhibition will run concurrently in the adjacent gallery and will include a ‘paddock’ of sculpted hay horses, a wall-mounted mob of wild brumbies made from found objects, small sculptures, rosettes and jewellery incorporating horse hair.
The hand-crafted art objects were created by school children, teenagers and adults during a series of workshops in the lead-up to the project.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre will host Horse Drawn and Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods.
Both exhibitions will be on display from Sunday, August 27 to Saturday, September 23.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre will have Tamil dancing and food on Sunday, September 10 for the unveiling of the community Totemic Horses and a large-scale terracotta horse created by artist in residence, Indian potter Subbaiah Kasirajan.
In partnership with the Mundaring Historical Centre Hoofprints in the Hills – Historical Exhibition will run from Saturday, August 20 to Thursday, February 22 next year.
This exhibition celebrates the horse and the varied ways people in the area have interacted with them.
Whether used for ploughing, warfare, transportation, entertainment or therapy, horses have been integral in shaping and enriching the Shire of Mundaring’s past and present.
Mundaring Arts Centre has also partnered with the Mundaring Camera Club to present an exhibition at the KSP Library in Boya, the Habits of Horses Photographic Exhibition, which will run until Saturday, September 30 displaying a selection of photographs of horse scenes throughout Perth, capturing the essence of horse industries.