Engage your senses through clay

Internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Narjis Mirza, presents Light Reflections in Clay.

Join the artist behind our current exhibition Hayakal al Noor, Bodies of Light in this intimate creative experience combining an artist talk and sensory claymaking workshop.

Narjis will personally tour you through Hayakal al Noor, Bodies of Light, offering her own reflections about her work inside the exhibition space. You will explore different modes of participation and interaction with the installation through touch, smell and sound.

In the second half of the workshop, you will replicate your sensorial experience of the installation through clay. In this way, objects, like clay, respond to our individual tactile experiences, generating a form of material interpretation. This workshop will demonstrate that eyesight is not essential for basirah, inner vision of things.

At the Islamic Museum of Australia, we strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all people, including individuals with disabilities, to fully engage with the community. This workshop has been identified as an equal access event catering to people with disability and/or neurodiversity.

After the workshop, why not venture into our Galleries and explore how Muslims have used clay throughout the centuries? The exquisitely decorated tiles in our Islamic Art Gallery are a must-see!

Hayakal al Noor, Bodies of Light is on at the Islamic Museum of Australia until 9 July 2022.

About the Facilitator

Black and white photo of Narjis Mirza speaking at an event

Narjis Mirza is a multimedia installation artist. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. Narjis recently completed her practice-led doctoral research into the transcendent and imaginal realm of Islamic philosophy through spatial and participatory installation art projects. Narjis explores new media technologies, animation, projection, typography and voice as mediums with metaphysical resonance that have the potential to evoke the unseen, in a visible image. She aspires to expand a philosophical dialogue on the realm of reality through concept films and interactive light installations. Narjis lives and works in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Follow her on Instagram @njmirz.

Event image courtesy of Papakura Art Gallery.

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