PRAYER POCKET PLACE moves into Mt Kembla

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.

20150527-123557.jpg20150527-123545.jpgMt 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.

EisforExpression

ImageTechnology Inspired Visuals/Soundscape by Ceridwen Suiter and Flossie Peitsch.

The Gallery exhibits itself as a post-conceptual place where ‘Artistic Expression’ squares off against ‘High Art’. Galleries amass reputations and memories as exhibitions come and go. This work taps, denotes and speaks the volumes from the gallery’s collective memory. Transitory expressions that have passed through its doors appear to linger. As surprising and distinctive forms emerge from the walls one can actually hear ideas pulse and roll to the auditory surface of the space.

Oct 8th – Oct 19th, 2013 ANU FOYER ART GALLERY
College of Arts and Social Sciences Building 105, Childers Street
The Australian National University; Canberra ACT T: +61 2 6125 5841

Prayer Pocket Place at Belconnen Arts Centre October 2012

PRAYER POCKET PLACE: For Heart, Hearth and Hand

 Collaborative Artists: Flossie Peitsch and Ceridwen Suiter – together with many community fabricators.

Media: Mixed assemblage of aluminium, textiles, wicker, with soundscape and audio equipment.

This multi-sensory installation created by visual artist, Flossie Peitsch, and sound artist Ceridwen Suiter, features fabric and sound contributions by many women in workshops over a six month period at various locations along the South Coast.

This collaborative work literally and figuratively represents women in community.