Prayer Pocket Place gained permanent residency in the Mt Kembla Heritage Centre on 17 December 2014. The installation was welcomed by the chairperson Elizabeth Roberts in a small informal ceremony followed by lunch in the museum. We were delighted to be entertained by well-known Mt Kembla playwright Wendy Richardson who has written about the close-knit Mt Kembla community and effects of the mining disaster.
Click to hear a one minute sample of the CD length audio art composed by Ceridwen Suiter, from on-site recordings collected from the social and mechanical sounds of the makers constructing their individual pockets during a communal lunch and workshop.
Mt Kembla Heritage Centre is a permanent keeping place of historical records and memories of the hardships faced by miners and their wives. The centre contains records of the mining disaster of 1902 which killed 94 miners and two rescuers in Australia’s largest industrial accident.
The impact on the women of Mt Kembla inspired Flossie Peitsch to design and co-ordinate the construction of the quilted fabric house and the individually sewn pockets. Many local women made their own prayer pockets to contain their personal thoughts and prayers. The collaborative installation created by Flossie Peitsch and Ceridwen Suiter, Prayer Pocket Place, was short listed for Meroogal Women’s Art Prize and has been selected for exhibition in Shoalhaven Art Gallery, Nowra; Lady Denman Museum in Huskisson NSW; as well as the Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT.