Curator Tour with Rainbodhi

Curator Tour with Rainbodhi

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Rookwood General Cemetery

1 Hawthorne Avenue

Rookwood, NSW 2141


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Join Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community for a special walking tour of the HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures exhibition.

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Hear about the ways in which spirituality and queer identities have informed the lives and practices of featured artists during this special walking tour with Rainbodhi members, the curator Kath Fries and exhibiting artist Lachlan Warner.

  • Meet outside the Rookwood General Cemetery Office, 1 Hawthorne Ave Rookwood, next to All Souls Chapel.
  • Please wear enclosed walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen and refillable water-bottle.
  • Photo credit: Kath Fries, Curator’s Tour with Leisa Sage participatory actions, HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2019.

HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures:

HIDDEN is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place amongst the pathways and gardens in one of the oldest sections of Rookwood Cemetery. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for artists to engage with the cemetery’s contemporary relevance, and invites the public into these layered narratives while exploring the diverse cultural heritage of Australia's largest and most historic cemetery.

Rookwood Cemetery is located on Dharug Country, we acknowledge the Dharug people as the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

HIDDEN 2022 exhibition: 10 September – 9 October

Open from sunrise to sunset, ENTRY IS FREE!


LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community:

Rainbodhi is a spiritual friendship group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and an advocate for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community. Rainbodhi offers meditation, dhamma discussion and social events in a safe, supportive environment. Welcoming everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or ability: Rainbodhi is a non-sectarian group, open to people from all Buddhist traditions, other faiths or with no faith. All Rainbodhi events are free.

Rainbodhi’s name combines two words: rainbow, representing our diverse community, and bodhi, the Buddhist concept of enlightenment. Rainbodhi believes in inclusion, compassion and wisdom.

Kath Fries bio:

Kath Fries is a curator, artist and practicing Buddhist, who lives on Gadigal Wangal Country in the inner west of Sydney. She is interested in the shifting ways that our senses are entangled with our material and immaterial surroundings, specifically how site-responsive practices engage with layered histories to open up new perspectives and interconnections. Recently Kath co-curated ‘Presence of Mind’ at Gallery Lane Cove, featuring works by Buddhist contemporary artists from Australia and Singapore. Kath has a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Over the past 15 years Kath has been involved in exhibitions at artist-run galleries, community spaces, local government initiatives and education institutions, working as an artist, curator, researcher, board member, lecturer, writer and mentor to emerging artists.


Lachlan Warner bio:

Lachlan Warner was born on Wiradjuri Land in western NSW and now lives on Wangal Country, in the inner west of Sydney. He completed his MFA at Rutgers, then later completing his PhD at Sydney College of the Arts. Lachlan won the Blake Prize 2001, the Campbelltown Contemporary Art Prize 2005, and the Burwood Art Prize 2019. He has exhibited in Australia, Thailand, the United States, Japan and the Netherlands. Lachlan describes himself as a stumbling Buddhist. He is a member of the Association of Engaged Buddhists. Over the last decade Lachlan has explored imagery of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) when describing the human condition of Dukkha (suffering).


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