We Must Get Together Some Time

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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We Must Get Together Some Time was 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 ran from 17 October to 14 November 2021 and included artist workshops, talks and book launch. The exhibition continues to tour to regional areas and will open in Narrogin on February 11 2022 and will be complemented by a series of workshops (details below).

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. We Must Get Together Some Time use skilful 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

Guests of Country

We acknowledge the Bindjareb people as the original inhabitants and traditional owners of the land in and around Mandurah. Our art camps 2019-2021 were on Binjareb and Wilman country on Gnaala Karla Booja, and at Broke Inlet on the border of Bibulman and Menang country.


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

WMGTST at Northcliffe 28 November – 28 December 2021:The Painted Tree Gallery 10:00-4:00pm everyday except Christmas Day

WMGTST at Narrogin 11 February – 12 March 2020 NEXIS Gallery 82 Federal St Narrogin February 2022. Open 10:00-4:00pm Wed-Sat

Workshops –

Dianne Strahan and Annette Nykiel; Helen Coleman; Perdita Phillips

Dianne Strahan and Annette Nykiel

Print Stitch Bind Series





Helen Coleman

Intro to Natural Inks


Perdita Phillips

Intro to Cyanotypes



Annette Nykiel and Nien Schwarz presenting We Must Get Together Some Time: Slow-Making Stories at the IOTA21 (Indian Ocean Craft Triennial) conference https://vimeo.com/628126549

The full length paper from the conference is available here

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