We Must Get Together Some Time

We Must Get Together Some Time is a major body of new works in a self-titled multi-venue exhibition in Mandurah at Contemporary Art Space Mandurah (CASM) and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (ManPAC) with related touring elements, workshops and cultural events. The Mandurah exhibition runs from 17 October to 14 November 2021 and includes artist workshops, talks and book launch.

We Must Get Together Some Time (WMGTST) is an artists’ collective practicing slow-making, through active and passionate long-term creative engagements with non-urban places and non-human worlds. A multi-disciplinary team of 11 regional and metropolitan WA artists have been working together for 18 months. WMGTST use skillful practices and materials including textiles, natural materials, found objects, ceramics, video and creative writing to create finely crafted works. These beautifully crafted slowly made artworks, stories of their making, and community workshops will open conversations with audiences and invite responses to questions and concerns about the Australian bush, rural communities and the natural and cultural materiality of place in these precarious times.

Video by George Karpathakis

Participating artists

Nandi Chinna Helen Coleman Jane Donlin Sharyn Egan George Karpathakis Todd Israel Annette Nykiel Perdita Phillips Nien Schwarz Michelle Slarke Dianne Strahan


WMGTST at Mandurah 17 October to 14 November 2021 ManPAC Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00pm CASM Wed-Sun 10:00-4:00pm

Dianne Strahan (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Michelle Slarke (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Sharyn Egan (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Nandi Chinna and Jane Donlin (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Annette Nykiel (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Todd Israel (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
works in background by George Karpathakis (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Work in foreground by Helen Coleman (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Jane Donlin (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Nien Schwarz (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
Michelle Slarke (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
We by Perdita Phillips (photo by Daniel Wilkins)
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Botanical flags with Helen Coleman Annette Nykiel. Two day workshop — learn botanical printing to create printed to install in the Koolbardi Bidi Garden, outside CASM as part of this Mandurah Arts Festival community art project. Artists Annette Nykiel and Helen Coleman will guide participants through the process of botanical printing, using local plants from the garden and surrounding areas to decorate the flags. While the pots are boiling, explore the Koolbardi Bidi garden and view the We Must Get Together Some Time art exhibitions at both CASM and ManPAC. Bookings required. Participants can book to attend one or both sessions. Material fee: $5 per person per each session. Sun 31 Oct 10:00am-1:00pm Sun 7 Nov 10:00am-1:00pm Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/koolbardi-bidi-botanical-flags-tickets-161202580257

Ephemeral Fence Art with Annette Nykiel and Helen Coleman Two day workshop — create an ephemeral art installation on the Koolbardi Bidi Garden fence, outside CASM for the Mandurah Arts Festival community art project. Annette and Helen will guide participants through the design and installation process, using locally obtained natural materials to create a unique artwork on the mesh fence behind the Yarning Circle. Bookings are essential. Participants can book to attend one or both sessions. Sat 30 Oct 10:00am-1:00pm Sat Nov 6 10:00am-1:00pm Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/koolbardi-bidi-ephemeral-fence-tickets-161202090793

Flow: wetland walking and listening at the Nature Trail, Len Howard Conservation Park with Perdita Phillips. As part of the Mandurah Arts Festival, be guided on a 3 hour sensory ‘walkshops’ and create unique cyanotype prints using local plants at the end of your journey. Experience listening and sensing the bush and learn how to become better attuned to the more-than-human world around us. We will make an on-the-spot sun print as a record of where we had walked and what materials we find: creating a ‘map’ or ‘blueprints’ of our walk. Bring: camera/smart phone, enclosed shoes, insect repellent, water bottle, clothes to suit the weather: raincoat or hat and sunburn cream Bookings required. Materials fee: $5 per person. Sat 30 Oct 9:00am-11:00pm Sat 6 Nov 9:00am-11:00pm Further details including directions and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/flow-wetland-walking-and-listening-tickets-156980008431

Natural Pigments 2-Day Workshop with Helen Coleman. Explore the science and art of natural local pigments in this sought-after two day, hands-on workshop. Bookings required $300 per person. Sat 13 Nov 10:00am-4:00pm Sun 14 Nov 10:00am-4:00pm Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/natural-pigments-2-day-workshop-mandurah-tickets-156631628417

Funding and sponsorship

We thank our funders and sponsors.

Flyers and Brochures

Download the brochure of events here  We Must Get Together Some Time – A6 Booklet [WEB]

A4 flyer for printing and distribution

Past events


Four Hills and a Cloud: Mindfulness, Nature, and Poetry. Join poet Dr Nandi Chinna to explore the awe and wonder of the world around us through poetic engagement with plants, birds, animals, wind and water. $60 ($40 concession) Sat 24 July 1:30pm-4:30pm Further details, materials and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/four-hills-and-a-cloud-mindfulness-nature-and-poetry-tickets-157173980607

Forgotten Remedies: Floriography and the Language of Flowers. Exploration and poetry with flowers with award winning poet Dr Nandi Chinna. $60 ($40 concession) Postponed 9:00am-12:00pm Further details, materials and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/copy-of-forgotten-remedies-floriography-and-the-language-of-flowers-tickets-157163138177


Koolbardi Bidi Garden: Botanical Drawing and Stitching with Jane Donlin. Walk and observe plants in the Koolbardi Bidi Garden in the morning, choosing one plant to draw in detail: leaf, petal, stem, stalk or pattern. Transfer your drawing onto a plant dyed cloth, back-stitch into the design and embellish using a variety of embroidery stitches. Stay on with Jane and keep stitching after lunch. $40. Supplied: Tea and coffee, plant dyed cloth, approx. 30 x 30cm Optional plant printed cloth (cost $5:00). BYO lunch Other materials: tissue paper, erasable fabric marker, selection of threads/yarns, needles, pins, scissors, hoop (optional). Fri Aug 6 10:00am-2:00pm Sat Aug 14 10:00am-2:00pm Fri Aug 20 10:00am-2:00pm Further details, instructions and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/koolbardi-bidi-garden-botanical-drawing-and-stitching-with-jane-donlin-tickets-157179802019

Making Books with Dianne Strahan. Join Dianne as part of her artist in residence at CASM as she uses plants from the Koolbardi Bidi garden to create coptic bound botanical print books. Tue 3 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Wed 4 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Thur 5 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Fri 6 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-studio-making-books-at-koolbardi-bidi-tickets-161188815085 Free to come and see what’s going on.

Stitching, Dyeing and Wandering with Annette Nykiel. Join artist in resident and slow-maker Annette for a morning ‘wandering’ (starts 10:30am), to gather plant material for the dyepot. Meet later in the gallery to observe or participate. Try your hand at a simple eco print or bring along some stitching and join the yarning circle. Bring: hat, sunburn cream, insect repellent, water bottle. Wed 11 Aug 10:00am-4:00pm (10:30am for Wandering) Thu 12 Aug 10:00am-4:00pm (10:30am for Wandering) Fri 13 Aug 10:00am-4:00pm (10:30am for Wandering) Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stitching-dyeing-and-wandering-tickets-161189920391 Free event, but let us know if you want to ‘wander’.

Professional Development workshop: Making videos of artwork with Documentary Filmmaker George Karpathakis. An introductory 2-day workshop in the language of art film, with a practical component for artists and crafts peoples to document and publicise their work. Learn ways of documenting artwork, making a video for an exhibition through to making meta-art, using video as a way of extending and re-imagine original works. Booking required: $120 Bring: mobile phone, tablet or camera, lunch Sat 7 Aug 10:00am-5:00pm Day 1: Film art theory, using your equipment, codex and transferring Sun 8 Aug 10:00am-5:00pm Day 2: Shoot your work, edit and screening For more details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/making-and-editing-simple-videos-of-artwork-with-george-karpathakis-tickets-157203502909

Weaving Roots with mixed media artist Helen Coleman. Join Helen in a slow making community art project. We will manipulate eco-dyed cotton rope to create an ancient landscape for the up-coming We Must Get Together Some Time exhibition. Sun 15 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Wed 18 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Sun 22 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm Wed 25 Aug 10:00am-3:00pm No experience or bookings necessary, just pop in and join the fun.

Koolbardi Bidi Garden Tour with CASM Arts Officer Helen Coleman. Learn about the many traditional and contemporary uses of Mandurah’s local native plants in this free 30 minute tour of the Koolbardi Bidi Garden, located in the grounds of Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah. Bring: hat, sunburn cream, insect repellent, water bottle. Thu 19 Aug 10:00am and 2:00pm Thu 26 Aug 10:00am and 2:00pm Further details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/koolbardi-bidi-garden-tour-tickets-161191316567 Free event, but please book.


Introduction to Cyanotypes with Perdita Phillips. Learn how to make basic cyanotype prints with the sun in this hands-on alternative photography workshop. We will explore basic cyanotype techniques including making a solar print on pre-prepared paper before preparing sensitised paper and printing your own. Booking required $120 Supplied: paper, chemicals, disposable gloves, stencils and other sun-print materials, light lunch Bring: wear old clothes, enclosed (old) shoes, safety glasses Additional list of potential cyanotype ‘shadow’ materials from your house and garden supplied after registration. Sat 11 Sept 9:30am-2:30pm For more details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-to-cyanotypes-tickets-157633127929


Opening: We Must Get Together Some Time exhibition Join artists and guest speakers in a travelling celebration of the We Must Get Together Some Time exhibition between CASM and MPAC. Sun Oct 17 ManPAC 2:00pm Sun Oct 17 Koolbardi Bidi Garden: Smoking Ceremony 3:00pm Sun Oct 17 CASM Gallery 3:20pm Free event but booking required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-must-get-together-some-time-exhibition-launch-tickets-161292168217

Artist Talks. Join artists from the We Must Get Together Some Time exhibition as they share thoughts about their current work and practices. Sat Oct 23 1:30pm-3:00pm at CASM Gallery Free but booking required: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/we-must-get-together-some-time-artist-talks-tickets-161736414971

Launch of Fossil iii fictiōnella limited edition book by Perdita Phillips. Explore deep and shallow time and speculative futures through the limestone landscapes of Lake Clifton, the Swan Coastal Plain, the caves of Margaret River and the chalks of Gingin in the not-quite-fiction travels of environmental artist Perdita Phillips. The black-and-white illustrated 96-page limited edition fictiõnella meshes fragmentary tales from the Western Australian archives with real and not-so-real fossils in an exploration of local places, lost histories, chance combinations and curiosity. Limited edition books available for sale during the launch. Sat Oct 23 3:00pm-4:00pm in-person launch at CASM Gallery Sat Oct 23 3:20-4:00pm ONLINE launch Free but booking required: In-person event: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/launch-of-fossil-iii-fictionella-artists-book-by-perdita-phillips-tickets-157616052857 Online event: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/online-launch-of-fossil-iii-fictionella-artists-book-by-perdita-phillips-tickets-161567955103 or purchase book from https://lostrocks.net/books/fossil-iii