All Ages

Boorongur (Totem)

Friday 12 July 2024 -
Sunday 14 July 2024


Be Involved //

Warm your soul and explore Nyoongar culture with Sharyn Egan.

Stay a while and learn about the significance of animal totems and the importance of looking after Country and your totem. Weave your own totem with meadow hay and wool and through binding and wrapping techniques in a hands-on experience and learn more about Nyoongar culture.

Get Hands on //

Through craft and conversation, Sharyn Egan invites children and families to think about multi-species relationships and care for environments where human and non-human species cohabit.

This is a drop-in experience, we encourage you to stay a while.

Event Details

3h - 3h and 30m
Age Suitability
All Ages

Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 18+ or responsible adult aged 21+

Price Range
  • Free Non-Ticketed: $0.00
  • Wheelchair Accessible


All children attending RE//PERTH must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian aged 18+ at all times. Nominated responsible adults must be 21+. The festival site is licensed, and valid ID must be presented for entry.

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Sharyn Egan

Sharyn Egan is a painter, weaver and sculptor.

As a member of the Stolen Generation who grew up in the New Norcia Mission School much of her artwork is a commentary on her life as a Nyoongar woman and the associated trauma, emotions and deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.

Never afraid of experimentation and exploration, she works in numerous media, including painting, sculpture, woven forms and site specific installations, often choosing materials, such as ochres, resins and grasses that connect to land, especially her home near the lake system in the southern suburbs of Perth.

Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as larger scale sculptural forms.

Sharyn began her art career at the age of 37 when she enrolled in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. She completed this course in 1998 and continued her education at Curtin University, first completing the Associate Degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) in 2001. She has also been awarded a Certificate VI in Training and Education and has worked as an art lecturer, curator and art facilitator in schools, community groups and health organisations.

In recent years Sharyn has been awarded several prestigious and prominent public art commissions, at the new Perth Stadium, on Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Scarborough Beach Redevelopment. She is a frequent exhibitor and invited artist at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe.

RE//PERTH acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respect to the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and play.