The modern barbershop has been a place for men to gather, talk, groom and even sing. Once a place for bloodletting or to have a tooth removed, barbershops have evolved into special places; much like a mens shed with a different type of tool.
Our great friend and long time collaborator Charles Lomu, A.K.A Six Pound, has chosen to operate his barbershop from his garage in reaction to the commercialisation of barbershops.
His aim is to create a stronger community, emphasising family through his shop. Charles’s barbering is of the modern, urban style, exploring fades, grooming and fashion that break the stereotype of men from Western Sydney and beyond.
The Garage Barbershop project will collaborate with Charles to foster this culture through several stages:
We will work with young men from Pacific Island, African, Filipino and Aboriginal communities, training them to become barbers. Over 10 weeks the intensive Barbering Workshops will support participants on pathways to social inclusion and leadership whilst preparing them for careers as the next generation of barbers.
We are very pleased to be working with Harold David to create a body of photographic work examining the urban cultures that exist in Blacktown.
Working with our great friends, Street University Mt Druitt, Football United and the Blacktown City Council Works Depot we will create video portraits that explore masculinity in the context of barbershop.
Exploring traditions of barbershop quartets, soul, R&B and do wop we will create new musical works, incorporating the many musical talents of Blacktown. This stage will be led by DJ and music producer Zehrish Naera.
The Garage Barbershop team will be at Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Health Centre on 21st March so our friends from Doonside can get their ‘check up from the neck up’. We are privileged by the opportunity to talk with the local Aboriginal elders group about issues of manhood and masculinity and share stories about barbershop experiences. We feel honoured that some volunteers, young and old, will have portraits done by photographer Harold David for inclusion in the Garage Barbershop Exhibition opening in May.
When: 21 March 2017
Where: Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Health Centre
Garage Barbershop will culminate in an exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre, sharing the photographic and video portraiture as well as the music produced with the community. Who knows you might even be able to get your hair cut
For more information contact Christian on 8821 9150.
If you would like more information about Garage Barbershop, you can get in contact with Christian Tancred at ICE for more details