ACT – News & Events

     DESIGN Canberra 2019: Utopia: From 4-24 November 2019, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 150 events. Now in its 6th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. As Canberra’s fastest growing festival, DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design. Check out the 2018 festival report The 2019 festival theme is… Utopia. Submit your proposal(s) by 4 March 2019. Click HERE to make a proposal. To do more research see https://designcanberrafestival.com.au/2019program/?utm_source=Craft+ACT+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d5573e3893-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_12_02_24_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9239826a9b-d5573e3893-156527741

textile geologia et marinus:  Jennifer Robertson explores the intersection between the Australian natural environment, contemporary craft and design practice, and new material and technology in this exhibition. When: 9am-4.30pm, 20 March to 2 May. Where: CSIRO Discovery Gallery, North Science Rd, Acton. Info: researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/robertson-js

     Showing at M16’s Shute Space until 7th April: Quietly Waiting Alone, work by Sharon Peoples. Quietly Waiting Alone is an exhibition of small hand embroidered works. It explores the way in which we conjure up images when we are anxious, indeed we embroider our thoughts with unrealistic ideas. M16 Artspace is located at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith. Open Wed-Sun, 12noon-5pm.

THE HIDDEN SEX  –  a solo exhibition by Julie Ryder continues until 16th March. It explores creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality. Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides. Venue: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.  Floor talk: Friday 8 March, 12.00pm. Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March by listening to Julie Ryder speak about her research and processes and relate some of the stories of women contributing to science in the nineteenth century.

     EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES: Craft ACT is proud to present a showcase of the best and brightest from the Canberra region, selected from 2018 graduates and emerging practitioners. The exhibition continues until 16th March. Graduates have been selected from the Australian National University, University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra Potters Society, and Sturt Craft Centre, representing the breadth of contemporary craft and design practice with furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, and mixed media. Also included are the participants of Craft ACT’s exciting 2018 Indigenous Jewellery Project, a program of workshops fostering contemporary indigenous jewellery production, partnered by our esteemed APM, Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello (Kemarre Arts), curator and writer Emily McCulloch Childs, and the ANU School of Art and Design Gold and Silversmithing Workshop. Venue: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT will hold an exhibition at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Gallery from 12-30 June 2019. It will be titled From Plant to Basket and those participating are Janet Meaney, Brenda Lander, Trish Flynn, Ann McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Leonie Lucey, Jenny Cooper, Lyn Davidson, Gardener-Garden and Deborah Faeryglen et. al.

     Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston – a WOOL EXPO is planned for the weekend of 18/19 May. Sale of work, and demonstrations. https://obdm.com.au/

     A Weaver’s Dozen Workshop, hosted by FIBRELICIOUS and presented by Margaret Coe (USA) is booked for 6 and 7 April 2019, in Canberra, Australia. This is a round robin weaving workshop where participants will leave with woven samples of drafts and all samples woven.  For this workshop participants will arrive with a fully warped loom. Drafts will be allocated to individual weavers at the beginning of February, giving plenty of time to purchase yarn if necessary, and to warp your looms. For those weavers travelling from interstate, and unable to bring their own looms, FibreLicious has purchased five brand new 8S Ashford table looms available for use. For interstate and international weavers, the conference room has accommodation attached, and FibreLicious has secured a 15 % discount on accommodation costs for all weaver’s who require accommodation to attend the weaving workshops.  Registration for these workshop requires full, or partial payment, which, once payment is received, confirms your place in the workshop.Registration closes January 31 2019.Registration cost is $325.00 per workshop and includes morning and afternoon tea for both Saturday and Sunday. Contact Belinda Rosee at bmrosee@internode.on.net for further details.

   Laptop and Looms Workshop, hosted by FIBRELICIOUS and presented by Margaret Coe (USA) is booked for 27 and 28 April 2019, in Canberra, Australia. This workshop is solely computer based. Participants will need to have a laptop which has FiberWorks already downloaded onto the computer, and with USB capability. Margaret Coe suggests that participants download the free Silver version of FiberWorks onto their computer. Please be advised, this workshop is designed so that weaver’s can learn to create their own drafts/patterns. You do not need to have a computerised loom. For interstate and international weavers, the conference room has accommodation attached, and FibreLicious has secured a 15 % discount on accommodation costs for all weaver’s who require accommodation to attend the weaving workshops. Registration for these workshop requires full, or partial payment, which, once payment is received, confirms your place in the workshop. Registration closes January 31 2019. Registration cost is $ 325.00 per workshop and includes morning and afternoon tea for both Saturday and Sunday. Contact Belinda Rosee at bmrosee@internode.on.net for further details.

PLACE is a travelling exhibition of artists’ books curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula. It arrives in Canberra in March 2020 where is will show at Canberra Museum + Gallery (Civic Square Canberra City) from 28 March – 4 July 2020. CMAG’s opening hours are Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm (closed Sundays).