ACT – News & Events

        Canberra Spinners and Weavers celebrate 50 years: The historical exhibition at CMAG (Canberra Museum and Art Gallery) is titled “Crossing Threads” and Meredith Hinchliffe secured works for it (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.

    Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Liz Perry will talk on 17th February (at 2pm) about her textiles from Vietnam. All meetings are held at Textile Works, Chifley Health and Wellness Hub, I9/71 Maclaurin Crescent
Chifley ACT.

     CRAFT ACT (London Circuit Canberra) saw two new exhibitions open on Thursday 1 February 2018. The 2 new exhibitions combine early career artists with a solo exhibition by one of Craft ACT’s Accredited Professional Members. Emerging Contemporaries is Craft ACT’s national exhibition award, showcasing graduates and early career artists who are making bold strides in their practice. The award is presented to outstanding art and design graduates as well as selected emerging artists from across Australia. Death of a Craft  is a solo exhibition by Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member, Sharon Peoples. Ingesting parts of oleander, angels trumpet and toadstools will poison the body. This body of work by textiles artist Sharon Peoples uses motifs of these plants as a metaphor for the exploration of the necessary balance between crafting and designing. Lace-like ‘poisoned’ bodies explore a way of thinking about craft which is often nuanced or even laced with influences from the amateur to the professional artist. www.craftact.org.au

     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 http://5000poppies.wordpress.com You will find patterns for poppies here: https://5000poppies.wordpress.com/poppy-patterns/