Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s Digital Program
With Sydney in lockdown (and kids on school holidays), Casula Powerhouse Art Centre (CPAC) is jumping back online to give us a virtual museum experience. There’s a whole range of stuff to get stuck into – from virtual museum tours to free film screenings, cooking tutorials and more.
If you’ve never been to the arts centre before (or you’re missing regular visits), kick things off with a virtual tour of the former power station. Then, book in for a free screening on July 9 of We Don’t Need a Map, a documentary exploring the Southern Cross – its importance to First Nations people and how it’s been hijacked and used as a tool of racism and hatred.
On July 6, CPAC Youth’s book club is going digital and inviting anyone aged 15 to 25 from Western Sydney to join in. This month’s book is Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
You can also enjoy a virtual tour of GINA, a survey of the work of Croatian-born artist Gina Sinozich. The self-taught painter migrated to Australia in 1957 and moved to Casula in 2000, remaining there until her death in 2020. Her works portray everything from the horrors of WWII Europe to migrating to Australia, and the flora and fauna she found when she arrived here.
And accompanying the Looking at Painting exhibition is a series of online interviews with the artists, who describe their practices and the stories behind their works. The Loss series, meanwhile, digs into the tales of artists who have left their homeland. Hear from the likes of Blak Douglas, Jagath Dheerasekara and Linda Sok.
If you’re struggling to keep the kids entertained during the school-holiday lockdown, CPAC has got you sorted (for a little while, at least). It’s put together a range of activities to keep the little ones occupied – including a “Creation Station”, which includes instructions for building objects from clay, and invites kids to create their own comic-book character and write a rap tune. There’s also a host of online activities and talks to keep kids occupied.
Plus, you’ll find videos of young musos, as well as emerging classical performers, playing in the CPAC theatre. CPAC’s in-house eatery, Bellbird Dining & Bar, even has a series of instructional videos talking you through everything from making an apple tarte tatin to whipping up a roast chicken. And CPAC’s resident gardener has put together a set of videos to take viewers through what to plant right now, and tips and tricks to keep your garden flourishing.