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Portage

Installation | Skill Development

Portage is a two-year project by Jen Rae in collaboration with Giant Grass and six intercultural master weavers and local communities. It unearths overlooked skills, knowledge and values that might offer salvation in the years ahead.

‘Portage’ is the act of carrying a boat and its cargo between navigable waters. To portage is to work together – to secure your belongings to your body and to carry your vessel over land in unison to the next destination.

As part of the project we were responsible for designing the Bamboo Rafts and facilitating hands-on workshop with the community over the period of 5 days to build two full scale rafts that were exhibited at Arts House in North Melbourne.

Location:

Melbourne, Victoria

Client:

Refuge

Collaborators:

Jen Rae, Arts House, Melbourne Museum, Carlton Connect, North Melbourne Learning Centre, Kensington Community Housing

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