At 12pm on Tuesday 28th August Donna Wilkins – the CEO of CWA NSW – dusted off an antique CWA bronze bell, which had been found moments before at the CWA Headquarters in Potts Point, and rang it three times to signal the beginning of our 90 hour performance. At that time we didn’t know if we would be able to complete this task we had set for ourselves, nor that we would finish with 4 hours and 53 minutes to spare. Within two minutes of the bell ringing, we were surrounded by 30 CWA ladies, who came to see the spectacle and began to immediately offer advice and quickly informed us that we would simply never be able to bake 137 cakes in 90 hours. …keep reading
So here we are, a few days away from the Mass Action kitchen, and for me a state away back home. While I left after the final judging in quite a daze, I’ve found myself back home unexpectedly calmed and buoyed.
I was blown away by the response we received online, and was delighted to learn that the blog and live-feed had played at the CWA national conference in Hobart. Several days on explaining the work to people who couldn’t be there, I am still amazed at how Brown Council managed to create a work which was conceptually rigorous yet managed to have incredibly significant community engagement, all while being somewhat light and joyous. Through a ninety-hour, endurance, feminist-informed performance art piece, Brown Council tapped into not only the national art community, but also members of the Country Women’s Association across the county. …keep reading
With a little over five hours to spare, Brown Council have completed their monumental task of baking every cake in the Jam Drops and Marble Cakes cook book. They said it couldn’t be done but here they are, and they have the baked goods and aversion to butter to prove it.
It’s been a feat to watch. The work ends tomorrow with judging from CWA and Land Cookery Judge Alison Mutton followed by afternoon tea.
Thanks for joining us on this blog; we’ll be back with more tomorrow.