ACT – News & Events

         Enjoy DESIGN Canberra, 7–26 November 2017! Further information can be found at the DESIGN Canberra website

On at CRAFT ACT until November 4th: CITY OF DESIGN, the Craft ACT Annual Members’ Exhibition. Those exhibiting include Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser | Leonie Andrews | Angela Bakker | Stephen Barrass | Dr Julie Bartholomew | Elliot Bastianon | Ruby Berry | Sally Blake | Peter Bollington | Sean Booth | Julie Bradley | Zoe Brand | Ximena Natanya Briceno | Georgina Bryant | Robyn Campbell | Andres Caycedo | Jodie Cunningham | Janet de Boos | Rozlyn de Bussey | Catherine Drinan | Judi Elliot | Rose-Mary Faulkner | Dianne Firth | Richilde Flavell | Caren Florance | Cathy Franzi | Hannah Gason | Jochen Heinzmann | Sue Hewat | Megan Hinton | Bev Hogg | Lucy Irvine | Alison Jackson | Jeremy Lepisto | Dan Lorrimer | Isabelle Mackay-Sim | Susan McGinness | Sarah Murphy | Catherine Newton | Lucy Palmer | Sharon Peoples | Kirstie Rea | Jennifer Robertson | Barbara Rogers | Luna Ryan | Robert Schwartz | Harriet Schwarzrock | Tom Skeehan | Virginia Sprague | Alice Sutton | Lia Tajcnar | Tom Taverner | Annie Trevillian | Monique van Nieuwland | Jo Victoria | Richard Whiteley. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City. T: (02) 6262 9333. Curator: Julia Greenstreet –

     Canberra Spinners and Weavers celebrate 50 years: This historical exhibition is titled “Crossing Threads” and Meredith Hinchliffe has secured works (loans from collections) by significant textile artists such as Solving Baas-Becking, Belinda Ramson, Catherine K and other past CSW members. The exhibition continues until March 2018. CMAG is located at 176 London Circuit, Canberra.

     The Members’ Exhibition for Canberra Spinners and Weavers, “50 Years Looking Forward,” will be opened by Janet De Boer on Thursday the 2nd November in Galleries 1 & 2 at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre (the exhibition continues until 26th November). Showcasing contemporary textile works by members of Canberra Spinners and Weavers, the show has been curated by Meredith Hinchliffe. The exhibition opens at 6pm, with the talk to be at 6:20pm. NOTE: there will be a floor talk on Saturday, 4th November at 2pm at Tuggeranong Art Space.  This exhibition continues until 25th November and during the exhibition at Tuggeranong the group will be holding a 3 day opening at their Chifley rooms, 70 Maclaurin Cres., Chifley (Nov 23, 24, 25; 10am-3pm each day) for members to display and sell their work. This event will coincide with the Canberra Design Festival.

Also at Tuggeranong Art Centre from 2-25 November: A NARRATIVE: An Exploration of Processes and Materiality  by Canberra Spinners & Weavers EASS Awardees: Christine Appleby, Jessica Ashcroft and Jennifer Barrington. This exhibition records the narrative of three emerging artists celebrating the freedom of exploring material and processes across textiles, ceramics and drawing.

News from JULIE RYDER: This year my studio will be open again, along with Kirstie Rea and Lisa Cahill (glass) as part of Design Canberra Festival. This year we will be open for both Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the crowds we had last year. when: 11th and 12th November. time: 11-4pm. where: The Hayshed, 7 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Park out the front on Beltana Road and walk in to the studios. As well Julie Ryder will offer a one-day intensive workshop using organic indigo vats and shibori on 18th November. (More information from ). Julie Ryder will also be selling at the final Old Bus Depot Markets for this year:

     OLD BUS DEPOT XMAS MARKET: 16 & 17 December. Last chance to buy those special Xmas gifts.  Details from   Location 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston ACT 2604

M16 Artspace: Gallery 1: Drawing Comfort. Talei Emberson, Dimity Kidston, Valerie Kirk, Suzanne Knight, Sharon Peoples, Annie Trevillian. This exhibition features the work of six artists who explore relationships between drawing, textiles and comfort. Referencing English anthropologist Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of Things, the exhibition poses the questions of how is drawing relevant and integral to the processes of textiles and how we obtain a sense of comfort from objects. The exhibition continues to Nov 5. Also on show at the same time: Gallery 2 Entangled Mysteries: Sally Blake. Entangled Mysteries is a new body of three-dimensional textile works and drawings by Sally Blake. The works reference author Craig San Roque’s story, The Kore Story / Pesephone’s Dog, and the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. These stories teach us about cyclic patterns of decay and renewal and seasonal changes. This exhibition focuses on the time Persephone spends underground, where she can learn to understand how the world works and how plants grow from below. Using contemporary basketry practices and paper-based media, the artist creates an underground world which harbours the potential for renewal and new life in the darkness. And in the Chutespace there’s Pillars of Society
by Antoinette Karsten. “My recent exploration of discarded materials has revolved around themes of consumerism and moral decline…” Location: M16 Artspace is at 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Hours of opening: Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm.

MELINDA HEAL has a solo exhibition, Naturescapes at ANCA Gallery & Studios, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson of hand-dyed contemporary textile pieces that depict Australian flora and fauna using Japanese pictorial resist dye techniques. “Naturescapes” includes the series, “Beautiful Weeds of Canberra” – a homage to the many unique species found around local nature reserves and kerbsides. Hung together, stately blackberries, grand Yellow-flag irises and portraits of Salvation Jane come together to form a Naturescape of their own. Another feature is several multilayered semi-sheer installation pieces. These depict the local environment, focusing on true-to-life details of bird and plant species as well as silhouettes of groves of weeds and the local mountain ranges. These works move gently in the space as the viewer walks around them. “Naturescapes” runs from October 25-November 12th, to be opened officially by Textile designer and artist Julie Ryder from 6pm Wednesday October 25th. A special workshop will also take place on Sunday November 12th where members of the public can drop in and dye a pre-printed piece of washi paper using natural pigments to create a postcard-sized portrait of their own favourite “beautiful weed”. The gallery is open Wed-Sun, 12noon-5pm each day.

      In November 2018 there will be an installation of 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies on stems for Remembrance Day (11 November) at The Australian War Memorial. In 2018 this date marks the centenary of the end of WWI. The number (62,000) represents the loss of Australian lives in WWI. There is a deadline of August 2018 to forward your poppies if you wish to make them. More information and poppies from You will find patterns for poppies here:

     ACT TEXTILE ARTS ASSOCIATION: PO Box 116, Curtin ACT 2605. Email & Web: The ACT Textile Arts Association (ACTTAA) is a not-for-profit organisation of practising artists and hobbyists who are interested in the design and embellishment of textiles, used to make a variety of items. Members share their expertise at our monthly meetings and regular workshops. ‘We meet the second Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm at the Woden Seniors Club, Corinna Street (corner with Melrose drive), Phillip, ACT. Some of the techniques we use are: dyeing, fabric manipulation, machine & hand embroidery, silk painting, stencil work, stamping, felting, beading, and printing. We use these techniques to make: wearable art, wall hangings, paintings, sculptural forms, jewellery, bags, hats, accessories and household items to name a few.’