Close to the Skin with Mariana del Castillo

Close to the skin

With Mariana del Castillo

A FREE Infuse Workshop

Supported by our Infuse donors

Gungahlin Arts

Saturday 3 August, 1-4pm, Gungaderra Homestead

Belco Arts

Saturday 10 August, 12:30-3:30pm, Generator Gallery

*Participation in these workshops is free for all, but places are strictly limited. We appreciate your support by not booking a place unless you are sure that you will attend. We also ask that you only book into one of the above sessions to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy this experience.

Artist Mariana del Castillo will lead a workshop focused on creating contemporary textile wearable art inspired by Naturalist Ernest Haeckel. The workshop will centre around creative ways of using marginalised materials and limpet shells. Participants will consider the importance of design concepts, choices of materials and colours. Discover how to design, stitch and combine materials to create unique wearable art. Your curious creations can be worn or displayed. The objects we wear can indicate who we are, conveying a personal message of identity and history.

About Mariana del Castillo

Mariana del Castillo lives and works in Ngambri/Ngunnawal land. Mariana is an Ecuadorian-born, Australian artist. Mariana has participated in numerous sculpture festivals/biennials and residences. Awarded 2023 CAPO Fellowship, 2022 Bundanon Artist in Residence, ArtsACT 2020 Homefront recipient, Belco Arts 2020 Going the Distance grant; 2015 Macquarie Wealth Award; 2009 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne award; 2023 New England Regional Museum; Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, invited to create site specific installations: 2022 Design Festival Shift CMAG; Re- locate, Assembly point, Southbank Melbourne; Australien Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, 2019 Perceived Indifference, Glassworks Smokestack Gallery. Small works, Beaver Galleries, Finalist 2017/22/23 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize; 2018 Small Sculpture Deakin University. Her works are held in public and private collections. Mariana is currently a visual arts mentor for the University of Canberra ADF Arts for Recovery program.


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More about our 2024 Infuse workshops

We are all connected to the natural world around us in many ways, and this year, our free infuse workshops focus in on these connections.  

From inspiring awe and wonder for nature through stitching, drawing and watercolours, to exploring creative techniques that have a reduced environmental impact by using recycled materials, Infuse will give you a taste of some of the many ways to bring in a little more connection to nature in your creativity.

Each workshop is led by professional artists who will take to through structured activities that draw from their own creative practices.  Workshops are suitable for people of all levels of creative experience and no prior knowledge is required. 

Workshops are designed with adults in mind, however enthusiastic children and young people are also welcome.  Please note that all children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Infuse is supported by our generous donors, Belco Arts works with artists every day to realise their ambitions and connect them with the community. Through Infuse, you can donate directly to Belco Arts and boost our whole program. This is the perfect way to support Belco Arts as an ambitious, sustainable, welcoming and inclusive arts organisation for years to come. for more information or to contribute, click here