One Million Stars: International Women's Day celebration
Brisbane-based weaver and artist Maryann Talia Pau at the launch of Hunter 100weave community
You're invited to: Stars to shine in Newcastle’s east end to combat violence
A sea of hand-made stars will shine in Hunter Street on International Women’s Day in March, as part of the national "Million Stars to End Violence" project.
Newcastle and Hunter people have made more than 13,000 stars over the last 12 months to contribute to the project, which was initiated in 2012 by Brisbane-based weaver and artist Maryann Talia Pau in response to the shocking rape and murder of Melbourne ABC journalist Jill Meagher.
Maryann Talia Pau witnessed the outpouring of anger and grief at Meagher’s murder first-hand through her then local church in Brunswick, Melbourne, which was around the corner from the murder scene.
“Our church courtyard was transformed into a sea of flowers,” Maryann said. “Strangers were talking to each other, holding each other, wailing without shame, as if this was normal. Despite witnessing all this grief, which was unbearable sometimes, I remember thinking this is human nature at its best.”
Maryann opened Hunter WEave100, a project encouraging local people to weave stars to contribute to the Million Stars project, in July last year at Timeless Textiles Gallery.
Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, will open a display of the locally-made stars outside Timeless Textiles and the Lock-Up Galleries in Hunter Street, to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), at 4pm on 8 March 2017
Following the IWD celebration, the locally-created stars will be sent to Queensland to be displayed as part of the Million Stars project at the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening.