Temporary public art as activism with Maryann Talia Pau

Person with Pacific eight-point stars

Hear how master weaver and activist Maryann Talia Pau created a global social empowerment movement to take a stand to end violence against women and children. Through her One Billion Stars project, Maryann teaches weaving to foster community connection, story-sharing and temporary public art.

During this discussion, Maryann will talk about how the project started and how over one million stars were woven by communities all over the world to create a giant temporary public art installation leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Maryann will also share some exceptional stories from the global communities that were formed during this project.

Following the discussion, you're invited to learn how to weave a Pacific eight-point star from recycled materials in a star weaving workshop.

Motivated by the joy weaving brings to her, Maryann teaches others how to weave stars as a way of building trust and connection in the community. Collective star weaving is a powerful metaphor that reminds us we are all connected while embracing knowledge from ancestral wisdom and skill.

This event is scheduled during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that runs from 25 November to 10 December 2021.

What to expect:

  • insightful discussion about the One Billion Stars project - how it started, the impact of the project and the future vision
  • some key learnings about community participatory art through an activist lens
  • reflections on creating a high-profile temporary public art installation
  • invitation to join a star weaving workshop following the discussion
  • refreshments and information networking opportunities.

Access and special needs:

  • the venue is wheelchair-accessible
  • please note any dietary requirements when booking
  • if you require any other special assistance, please get in touch with the Cultural Activation team at Cultural.Activation@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

Council's Cultural activation team is committed to identifying, supporting and growing the arts and culture sector within the region.

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  • Saturday, 27 November 2021 | 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM


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