Our 'Meeting Place' Aboriginal Art designed recycled plastic mat is all about bringing people together to converse and grow
Eyecatching in earthy brown and white, 'Meeting Place' was designed by Dean Jakamara Briscoe, an Australian Indigenous artist from the Anmatyerre, Central Desert region. The symbolism of 'Meeting Place' is people sitting around a central campfire, gathering to discuss the day’s business. The meeting place is significant for many reasons. It's a place for conversation, and a place to build relationships and community too. In the modern world, this mat can also be used to invite discussion about many topics, including culture, family life and Indigenous symbols in art.
Popular in schools and early learning centres as a group time mat, you can use this comfy setting for reading and story times, as a play mat in home corner or for block play. It's lightweight and super easy to transport, so can easily be moved from inside to outside for a picnic lunchtime under the shade of a tree. Like all our outdoor mats, it is made from recycled plastics, meaning it is naturally waterproof and therefore easy to care for and keep clean and hygenic. It's one of our many popular group time mats as the design lends itself to helping children choose a symbol to sit on, facing the centre. It invites discussion about many topics, including culture, family life and Indigenous symbols in art. Click here for an interesting read about teaching Aboriginal culture in primary school.
Being reversible, this design gives you two looks for the price of one, and also extends the life of your mat. Many educators choose these cultural mats in conjunction with our individual seating mats, to facilitate additional learning opportunites, and really take their classroom or early learning centre to the next level! You could pair these with a selection of our Aboriginal cushion covers to inject some more colour, culture and comfort.
'Meeting Place' is also the perfect camping companion; It provides another living area and helps to keep the dirt and sand out of your tent. Muster fellow campers to a central point to discuss the day's plans and to enjoy breakfast before you go adventuring. Basically anywhere you want to gather friends and family to share games, food or conversation, this mat will be in the middle of it all!
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Name of Design
meeting place mat 1.8x2.7m
Origin of Design
Australian Aboriginal, 10% paid to artist
Origin of Artist
1.8 x 2.7m
Fabric / Materials
Recycled plastic, comes in a recycled and reusable plastic carry bag
These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs. Designed in Australia, manufactured in China or India. NOTE that sizes are +/- 5% due to weaving techniques in manufacturing and may not to be 100% as stated. If using on a slippery surface, non slip mesh recommended underneath.
All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time.
Not suitable for children under 3 years
- Teacher mat for group time
- Storytelling on a mat, indoors or out
- Art and craft mat
- Cultural inclusion
- Multicultural events
- Festivals and events
- Byron Bay Blues Fest
- Outdoor music events
- Use to designate areas for play
- Cultural wall art
- Wedding or other ceremonial mats
- Camping - keep the tent floor clean
- Not designed for permanent, long term sun exposure as this may cause premature deterioration