CREATE YOUR OWN
A CANBERRA GLASSWORKS ACTIVITY RESOURCE
IN RESPONSE TO
DUTY OF CARE
BY TONY ALBERT
Follow these steps to create a collaborative mosaic, based on artwork by artist Tony Albert and the exhibition Duty of Care.
We have provided a variation on this activity if you do not have glass mosaic supplies.
wooden letters (these can be found at craft or hardware stores)
papertowel or cloth
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Choose a word or a short sentence that identifies you and/or your class.
For our mosaic, Tony Albert chose the words YAYIN (sister) and MUGIRRAY (brother), from the language of the Girramay
people in Far North Queensland. Albert uses these words to make us think about our relationships with each other and with
ourselves. You can express you identity in you own way.
Some words you might consider could be CREATIVE, BRAVE, CONSIDERATE, KIND
Think of the importance of words. What is the meaning behind them?
How does this relate to you?
Paint the craft glue onto the
Stick the glass tiles onto the
Lay the pieces side by side so
they are as close together as
Think about the colours and
patterns you want to use.
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...continue until the surface is
covered. Let the glue completely
dry so the glass is stuck in place.
Mix the grout following the ratio
instructions on the container.
Scoop out and dollop a blob
onto the tiles.
Smear all over, making sure that
you fill all the spaces and gaps.
Wipe the surface of the tiles
gently to remove the excess
grout using a damp sponge.
Once the grout is dry you can
clean and polish the tiles with a
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Exhibit your word so it can be shared with others.
Discuss what this word means and why you chose it.
Listen to others talk about their word. What does it tell
you about them?
Consider the way art can be used to start important
Yayin Mugirray was created by young people participating in the Teen ART IRL Takeover at the National Gallery
of Australia on 7 December 2019. This collaborative art project was presented by Canberra Glassworks, based on
the work by artist Tony Albert, and introduced participants to mosaic making while exploring themes of identity
and relationships with ourselves and others. The Teen Art IRL Takeover is a project initiated by National Gallery of
Australia seeking to connect young audiences with art.
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ACTIVITY VARIATION : NO GLASS MOSAIC
If you don't have wooden letters or mosaic glass tiles, try this alternative. This way allows you to collect and gather
different words from magazines or newspapers. You might like to try collaging with leaves or petals too. Albert often
works with collage in this way
MATERIALS LIST paper or card
newspaper or magazine
petals, leaves or feathers
Draw out the word you have
decided onto the paper or
Make it big enough so you have
space to decorate.
Collect the natural materials
you will need.
Cut out words and text from the
newspapers and magazines.
You might like to choose
materials that relate to the word
you have chosen.
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Cut out your letters.
Paint the craft glue onto the
Stick down the paper and other
materials you have found.
Cover the paper all over.
Admire the textures and patterns you have
made with your collage.
This activity resource has been developed based on work by artist Tony Albert in the exhibition Duty of Care.
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