Finding the way through climate change in Oceania at CPAC

Finding the way through climate change in Oceania at CPAC

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Wayfinder: A sign, landmark, or other indicator used to assist people in navigating to a particular location; a person navigating to a particular location. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Wayfinders is the title of the current exhibition held at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC), and showcases various responses to those from the past, present and future, who have navigated or will navigate human impacts on their homelands.

Featuring at CPAC as part of the Oceania Rising project, Wayfinders is a collaboration between the Australian Museum and Blacktown Arts Centre, and the exhibition offers a diverse range of perspectives and reflections on the impacts of Climate Change.

Key artists:

  • Angela Tiatia-  The three works by Angela are included in the exhibitions at each of the partner venues – Australian Museum, Blacktown Arts centre and Casula Powerhouse – see
  • Greg Semu – award winning photographer –
  • Professor Robert Jahnke – Important NZ artist – Neon and Mirrors.
  • Salote Tawale – Lives in Sydney – see bio below – 2017 recipient of Arts NSW Fellowship, and currently taking up her Australia Council residency in London in 2018


Photo credit: Robert Jahnke

There will also be a free Talanoa event held at CPAC on November 10, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm which will address climate change and the future of Oceanian contemporary art.

Also held on November 10 is the Pacifica Festival: ‘Ao (Day) Po (Night), which will run from 3-9pm. Don’t miss celebrating everything the Pacific has to offer with the best of Oceanian performers, as well as carnival rides, Pacifica market stalls, Pacific food and entertainment.

For those who want to get hands-on, WeAve Parramatta will also be holding two final free weaving workshops which will come together to be part of an installation artwork for the exhibition. See below for the workshop details:

  • Sun 4 Nov from 12-2pm
  • Sat 10 Nov from 3pm-8pm

Find out what else is going on at CPAC by visiting their website HERE, or like their Facebook page HERE.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]