EXHBITION + Residency + Workshops


The Junction Co. warmly invites you to TEND – earth, water, links.
TEND – earth, water, links is a distinctive exhibition showcasing contemporary craft artworks that explore the stories of Hedland’s diverse community.
While the world transforms through tech-innovations and evolutionary digital communications, the ritual of the hand-made continues to thrive. Artists are reimagining traditional craft practices through
contemporary forms, and exploring the realisation of concepts through the hand-made in 2021.
Over three months, resident artists Jacky Cheng, Sultana Shamshi and Megan Kirwan-Ward led a creative exchange of crafting, storytelling, and skill-sharing with Hedland’s youth, culturally and linguistically diverse community, and those living with a disability. Together artists and community members explored crafting as daily ritual, coupling everyday materials and traditional techniques to create inspired work.
TEND – earth, water, links is part of the inaugural IOTA21 Indian Ocean Craft Triennial; an international exhibition, conference and fashion event, and festival of Indian Ocean Craft during the months of September to November in Western Australia.
Artist Talk
Friday 24 September
5pm – 6pm
Exhibition Opening
Friday 24 September
6pm – 8pm
TEND Exhibition
24 September – 30 October
Craft Activities
Saturday 25 September
10am – 1pm

All Events: Free Admission
Courthouse Gallery+Studio
16 Edgar St, Port Hedland 6722

Residency + Workshops

tend Residency + Workshops

The Junction Co. and Courthouse Gallery+Studio are excited to announce the first instalment of the TEND residency program!

Join artists Sultana Shamshi, Megan Kirwan-Ward for a series of free community workshops where you will create unique artworks that will be part of the TEND exhibition later this year. This is a chance to learn and share skills, and enjoy a glass of wine with friends and community.

These workshops are designed for ages 18 and up, however young people with an interest in arts are welcome to attend with their parents.


Free Admission – reserve your place using the ‘Book Now’ button below

Weaving circle: Learn the techniques and tricks to creating a unique basket using raffia and wool. Your basket can be included in the TEND exhibition
When: Saturday 4 September, 10am – 12pm
Where: Courthouse Gallery+Studio, 16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland


Free Admission – no bookings necessary

Message in a bottle: Use writing, drawing and photography to capture stories about who you are and where you’re from. Roll everything up and place in your bottle as a record of the Hedland community. All bottles will be displayed in the TEND exhibition
Session One: Monday 6 September, 6.00 – 7.30pm @ South Hedland Library, Leake Street South Hedland
Session Two: Tuesday 7 September 4.00 – 5.30pm @ JD Hardie Youth Centre, Cottier Drive South Hedland

Weaving circle: Learn the techniques and tricks to creating a unique basket using raffia and wool. Your basket can be included in the TEND exhibition.
When: Wednesday 8 September, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Where: South Hedland Library, Leake Street South Hedland

Book now

Meet the artists

Jacky Cheng
Sultana Shamshi
Megan Kirwan-Ward


TEND is a creative community engagement residency program, consisting of cultural sharing, art-making and up-skilling of regional migrant artists. Led by artists Sultana Shamshi, Megan Kirwan-Ward and Jacky Cheng, the residency outcomes will contribute to The Junction Co.’s international Indian Ocean Craft Triennial project, Tend, and will be exhibited at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery+Studio and selected sites around Port Hedland.

TEND will create authentic, distinctive artworks that tell WA stories.

A range of creative disciplines will be utilised by the resident artists to realise the visual and craft activities of the Port Hedland community, including textile art, jewellery, mixed media and recycled and found objects.

This activity is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest  and the Town of Port Hedland.