New Australians are combining clay with indigenous history at a Parramatta ceramics studio in the lead-up to Sorry Day on May 26.
The Art of Hospitality - Bring a Plate project has seen a class of culturally and linguistically diverse people from across western Sydney craft ceramic plates under the tutelage of Dundas artist Dianne Turner.
The plates, which have been decorated with the word ‘sorry’ in different dialects, will be stacked with food for a community banquet at Auburn on Sorry Day, to be attended by a member of the Stolen Generations, Joanne Selfe.
‘‘I’m overwhelmed, but in a nice way. There’s a real connection between Aboriginal people and refugees and migrants,’’ Ms Selfe told the Sun.
‘‘When you talk about racism or discrimination, these people really know what that means and how hatred can make a society crumble.’’
Workshop participant Toba Rezaie, of Parramatta, a Kurdish woman who migrated from Iran 23 years ago, said she was grateful for the opportunity to learn about art and the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families.
‘‘It doesn’t matter what religion or nationality you are, we all disagree with that,’’ Ms Rezaie said.
Project organiser Barry Gamba of the Auburn Community Cultural Development Network said Bring a Plate was about developing respectful relationships between communities through creative processes, with the ceramics sessions the first of five in the workshop series, each culminating in a community event.
‘‘It’s based on the Australian expression of ‘bring a plate’, an expression that’s more meant as come and join in the celebration,’’ Mr Gamba said.
Subsequent ceramics workshops will focus on the Indian Divali festival of light, the end of fasting for Ramadan, the Chinese lunar new year and Harmony Day 2015.