Friends Meeting House: Artist Talk with Leah Mata

Thu, 13/06/2019

Rainmaker Gallery are delighted to announce that Chumash artist Leah Mata will be coming to Bristol this summer.

Leah Mata is a member of the yak tityu tityu (the people) Northern Chumash tribe, located on the Central California Coast. As a traditional Northern Chumash artist, Leah creates contemporary living forms of regalia and jewellery that are blended with traditional knowledge and rooted in the past yet incorporate her own unique contemporary artistic expressions.

Leah, along with her family, must gather materials seasonally before they can be processed and used. Given that most of the resources needed are natural, it can require years of planning to create items of traditional Northern Chumash material culture. Leah is committed to environmental issues that play a role in the sustainability of natural resources required to maintain her traditional arts. Finding ways to ensure each generation can practice these art forms is an essential and integral part of Leah’s artistic process.

Leah will be speaking to us about the traditional material culture of her Indigenous California tribe. Her talk, at Friends Meeting House, will be followed by an artist reception at Rainmaker Gallery where you can view and try on Leah's fabulous jewellery. Both events will take place on Thursday 13th June.

Join Leah Mata for this unique event and learn about the little known tribes of California.

Book now for 'Artist Talk with Leah Mata'
Thursday 13 June, 3pm-4pm, £5
Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road BS6 6JE
contact / 0117 944 3101

Artist Reception with Leah Mata: Thursday 13 June 6–8pm at Rainmaker Gallery (free).

'Naomi' (detail) by Cara Romero featuring traditional regalia by Leah Mata.

Event location: 
Friends Meeting House
126 Hampton Road
Bristol BS6 6JE
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