A Thousand Prayers / (on the Camino Frances)

May 16 – May 26 2024

Curl Curl Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl

Last year my husband and I walked 1000 kilometres along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, crossing the 1000th kilometre in the last hour of the last day of the pilgrimage. Each kilometre I recorded a ‘prayer’ – an observation, a gratitude, a wish – to honour that moment. As I walked, I invited others to join me, so in the end, I had a thousand prayers from pilgrims around the world. Some prayers were simple and others profound, all emerging from stories of loss, love, joy, pain, resilience, humour, and friendship. This exhibition weaves images from the Camino and these prayers into an installation of pastel works on paper, silks in botanical dyes with coloured thread, and film, creating a layered experience inspired by this life transforming walk. Come be inspired.

10-4pm daily May 16th-26th, 2024

Opening Celebration – Saturday May 18th 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Miguel Olmo, curator, artist and manager of Gallery Lane Cove, a friend and native of Spain, will officially open the exhibition followed by reflections from fellow pilgrims who walked the Camino with me and have travelled from Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth to share their experiences.

Opening RSVP here.


Artist Talk: Elizabeth Eastland in conversation with Caroline Baum – Thursday May 23rd 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Caroline Baum is an internationally renowned author, journalist, and podcaster, whose podcast ‘Life Sentences’ focuses on Australia’s best contemporary biographers. She speaks with Elizabeth about the motivations of the pilgrimage which inspired the conceptual thread of her exhibition and what it was like to say a prayer every kilometre for 1000 kilometres.

Artist Talk RSVP here.


Walk to the exhibition – Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club to Curl Curl Creative SpaceFriday May 24th 9:00am – 10:00 am

Like minded fellow walkers are invited to join Elizabeth to walk, look, photograph or draw their way to the exhibition space starting from Freshwater along the spectacular cliff walk and ending up at Curl Curl Creative Space. About 40 minutes. Meet at 9:00 outside The Pocket Cafe at the Freshwater Surf Lifesaving club. Buy coffees there.

Coastal Walk RSVP here.


Camino de Sydney (talk by founders) Saturday May 25th 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Did you know that Australia hosts a handfull of its own Caminos? Come hear a talk on one from the amazing people who developed them. The 29-day Camino de Sydney, which passes by the front door of the Curl Curl Creative space, was developed by Brent Clark during Covid when he and his then fiancé, Giselle, were not able to travel to Spain. Hear about their engaging story, and yes, (tears well up) his proposal to her on the last leg. 

Australian Camino Talk RSVP here.

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