Events

Bonnets & Boats by Christina Henri
Art re-telling convict women’s stories Bonnets & Boats will re-connect convict women’s history and their stories to the English settlement of Australia. It will engage descendants of convict women transported to Australia and allow them to tell their stories handed to them from generation to generation.

When: 5 September – 10 October 2008
Where: Parramatta Artists Studios, 45 Hunter St Parramatta NSW
Ph: 9687 6090
Cost: Free

Bonnet Making Workshops
Christina Henri, will be running a series of cloth bonnet making workshops with descendants of convict women from the local community in Parramatta. These bonnets will feature in the exhibition at Parramatta Artists Studios and other exhibitions spaces across Australia.

Each bonnet will commemorate the life of a convict woman. The bonnets are made from the same template, a colonial servant1s bonnet, but present an individual tribute highlighting the differing personality of each woman.

Participates can attend one or all workshops. Participants do not need to have a convict women ancestry, but a willingness to engage in the history of convict women. Max 20 per workshop, bookings essential.

When: 11am – 4pm, 16 August 2008
When: 11am – 4pm, 23 August 2008
When: 11am – 4pm, 6 September 2008
Where: Parramatta Artists Studios, 45 Hunter St Parramatta NSW
Ph: 9687 6090
Cost: Free

Parramatta Events
'Women Transported' Exhibition - Life in Australia's Convict Female Factories, opened on the 2 August, 2008 at the Parramatta Heritage Centre, Church Street, Parramatta. The exhibition closes November 9th.

The New South Wales Governor, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC formally opened 'Women Transported' on the 7th August. Her Excellency also opened the accompanying Roses from the Heart™ display. This installation includes some of the bonnets presented at the 'Memorial of the Bonnets' Ceremony at St. John's Cathedral Parramatta on the 10th Aril, 2008. These bonnets will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition in Parramatta.

Included as part of the 'Women Transported' Exhibition is one of Christina Henri's colour photograms, 'Hopes and Dreams' depicting the 1828 convict made christening gown sewn for the Cascade Female Factory Task Mistress, Harriet Pullen's daughter [also named] Harriet Pullen. This work will travel with "Women Transported' to other States, including Canberra in November 2008; Hobart in January 2009, then Brisbane in May 2009. Along with the photogram is the actual gown, donated by Margaret Goode and her family to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Parramatta City Council Workshop with children held on 9th August 2008 to form part of the 'Bonnets and Boats' exhibition.

Parramatta Events
On the 29th August I had an installation in the the grounds of St. John's Cathedral, Parramatta. 'Bonnets on the Green'. This installation of 102 bonnets represented the 102 Irish female convicts who were transported on the Lady Rowena in 1826. The installation was a transitory work. In place by 6.00am, to be seen by the public as they made their way to work, the bonnets were removed late in the afternoon of the same day.

On the 5th September 2008 the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Paul Barber, welcomed visitors and the Federal Minster for Parramatta, Julie Owens, MP, opened 'Bonnets and Boats. The 'Bonnets and Boats' Exhibition is auspiced by the Parramatta City Council through the Parramatta Artists Studios scheme.