Canberra 2019 : : The Transformative Nature of Mosaics

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National Gallery sculpture garden : : Image credit Visit Canberra
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The next MAANZ symposium will be hosted in Canberra in September 2019 and is entitled The Transformative Nature of Mosaics. To be held at University House, Australian National University. 19th – 23rd September 2019.

Art making, the process of self-expression, engages many aspects of ourselves, the way we see the world, the way we see ourselves, what we want to say, how we feel. The title, The Transformative Nature of Mosaics is the suggestion that the mosaic art making process is a collaboration between many elements; ourselves and nature, the material we use in the making, the found objects we include in the making, the people in community we may involve in the making and the many stories gathered along the way of the making.


Symposium Keynote Speaker

The symposium keynote speaker will be Dr Claire Barnett from Seattle USA. Instructor, mosaic artist and family physician Dr Claire Barnett has been studying, making and teaching mosaics for over 15 years. Claire began creating mosaics after the tragic death of her two young daughters in 2000. As her own backyard filled with memorial garden stones, Claire began expanding her studies, both in mosaic and in medicine, to incorporate the therapeutic nature of mosaics into her medical practice. In 2009 she opened Seattle Mosaic Arts. This community based studio features workshops from international artists, mosaic technique classes, lectures, art shows, group events, commissions, and space and support for people to create their own mosaic projects.

Claire specialises in therapeutic mosaics with a focus on grief and trauma and memorial mosaics. She says:

There is, I believe, some real meaning in the process of breaking up glass and tiles into small pieces and then putting them back together in a new form, over and over again. It is both meditative and creative. There is something soothing about the process and it is a comforting way to be with other people – sharing space and working side-by-side.”



Debora Aldo, Principal Designer at Pietre Dure Design is a mosaic maker, teacher, explorer,intrepid traveler. Deb is a trained Landscape Architect who spent years focused on the act of creating and making spaces. She began drawing as a toddler, then onto painting and finally to dimensional objects and the creation of residential spaces inside and out. She creates fine art and public art. Each day is focused on how to create, what to design and what problems need solutions in a fun, functional, and beautiful way. This artist/designer believes art and design are teachable skills, everyone can learn!


Valerie McGarry

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Dugald Macinnes

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Erin Pankratz

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The volunteers to date helping to make the symposium happen are Noula Diamantopoulos (NSW), Sue Leitch (TAS), Luna Cameron-Parrish (VIC), Helen Harman (VIC), Caitlin Hughes (NSW), Marian Shapiro (NSW), David Lacey (NSW) and Sitara Morgenster (Far North, NZ).

On the Ground Volunteers:

Kim Grant (Canberra)
Terry Holland (Canberra)

If you would like to have an active role in the symposium please email

This page and our Facebook page will be updated as more details emerge.