NSW News & Events

At the Japan Foundation until 27th October: The Intuitive Thread, an exhibition of textile work made by four Japanese artists using age-old processes and reinterpreted into new designs. From renewed garments through to white cloths dyed with black sumi ink, the artists’ designs reflect a respect for natural materials and a commitment to an enduring, living Japanese aesthetic. Dyed, woven, printed and sewn, the work of each of the 4 artists reflects a respect for natural materials and a commitment to an enduring, living Japanese aesthetic. The exhibition features the works of Chiharu Ohgomori, Masako Kikuchi, Chiho Sasaki and Misako Nakahira. Curated by Eloise Rapp, the exhibition will be accompanied by an event program, featuring a free film on Japan’s denim industry with more events to be announced. Gallery hours: Mon-Thu: 10am–8pm; Fri: 10am–6pm; Sat: 10am–3pm (except October 6). – Check website to be completely sure of gallery opening hours: www.jpf.org.au   Read more about the participating artists here:  https://jpf.org.au/events/the-intuitive-thread/?utm_source=JPF+Sydney+Newsletters&utm_campaign=bd9bf71c7d-J-Central_2018_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f4a563cdc-bd9bf71c7d-109882145

Celebrated Sydney fibre artist CATRIONA POLLARD’s fourth solo exhibition ‘surfacing’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of layers of self and oneness by applying material and techniques to organic surfaces. Running from 27 September to 21 October 2018 at Sydney Road Gallery 563 Sydney Road Seaforth NSW 2092, surfacing features sculptures that are made from foraged plant material. The artist has developed works that allow colour, texture and organic form to surface. Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in many art awards and was recently finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. She is currently Artist InProfile at the Mosman Art Gallery. Her work highlights the link between raw foraged organic materials, like vines and seed pods, with earthy materials like base metals including copper, and natural elements like charcoal, clay and silk. Meet The Artist: Saturday 29 September 1 – 4pm.  Gallery opening times: Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm. See images of work here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/unc6ykdryrmo8pe/AAAhEUIMa3kko82q-umFszVaa?dl=0

NAREK Galleries, Bermagui: FIBRE + CLAY featuring Jennifer Robertson with Woven Textiles and Moraig McKenna with woodfired ceramics. Sept 8 – October 6. Narek, managed by Karen Clery is open Wed-Sat, with opening hours of 10am-1pm & 2-5pm daily. The location is 5/3 Wapengo Street, Bermagui NSW. Phone 0487679422. www.narekgalleries.com

RASA MAURAGIS is exhibiting textiles and monoprints in a show titled Improvisation with Nature’s Palette being held at the Snowy Region Visitor’s Centre Exhibition Space, Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne from 1-31 October. She is using local flora and turning it into raw art materials to become Nature’s Palette of the Snowy Region. www.rasamauragis.com  art@snowytextiles.com

OPEN STUDIO DAY: 1 & 2 December 2018 – Liz Calnan – agent for Louet products on the eastern side of Australia. Open Studio Days are an opportunity for weavers to try the Louet weaving looms located at Liz’s studio. See website for more details: http://elizabethcalnantextiles.com/

Michele Elliot is featured from 15 Sept – 28 Oct at Tamworth Regional Art Gallery with Some Kind of Longing: Textile Works; 1995-2018. There is a large installation; two works that are performed into being over several days; small embroideries; a work of silk & hair, and some new photographs. A Kantha Stitching Workshop with Michele Elliot will be held on Sept 15th from 1:30-3:30pm at a cost of $30. Bookings essential:  https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/

OPEN HOUSE 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. The ARTISTS for the 3rd Tamworth Triennial are Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts, Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok and Meredith Woolnough. Exhibition curator, Glenn Barkley. The exhibition is at Maitland Regional Art Gallery until 14th October. Other venues in NSW: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW: 16 November 2018 – 28 January  2019; Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW: 10 May – 7 July 2019; Orange Regional Gallery, NSW: 8 February – 22 March 2020; Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW: 28 March – 10 May 2020. Exhibition Curator, Glenn Barkley. Read his catalogue essay here: https://keo-cms.appspot.com.storage.googleapis.com/sites/regional-gallery/assets/92041bd7-95dd-4a89-a132-a637ad1a1e82/TTT%20Barkley%20Essay.pdf

  InterWoven will be held at SPIRAL GALLERY Bega from 28 September – 17 October. Artists will explore forms of artistic expression combining natural & waste products with different weaving techniques. The exhibition will showcase repetitive processes, demonstrating the aesthetic consideration each artist uses to resolve & produce their interwoven works. Opening Friday 28th September by Valerie Kirk Artist and Tapestry Weaver. Spiral Gallery is located at 47 Church Street, Bega NSW. Phone 02 64925322. Email spiralgallerybega@gmail.com  Hours M-F 10-4pm  Sat 10-1pm  http://www.spiralgallery.org.au

The SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS TEXTURE & FIBRE NETWORK’S  next Exhibition LAYER ON LAYER , will be staged at the BDAS (Bowral District Art Gallery) , 1 Short Street, Bowral, NSW from 2 – 12 November, 2018 with the official opening on Saturday, 3rd. November at 1pm followed by an Art-to-Wear Parade.  The Exhibition features textile displays from members of the Group and will include millinery, knitting, crocheting, shibori, felting and much more.  Most of the items on display will be for sale and the Gallery is wheelchair friendly.  Visit www.shtfn.org for more details.

AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY RETREAT: come and join fellow tapestry weavers at the inaugural Australian woven tapestry retreat in a beautiful bush setting just south of Sydney. You will be able to draw, paint and design, both inside and outside, and spend time weaving. Thomas Cronenburg, well known German tapestry weaver, will be the main speaker. There will also be informal presentations by attendees as well as demonstrations of techniques. There will be exhibitions of registrants’ works and the AuNZ Tapestry Challenge. Dates: 16-21 September 2018. Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Park, NSW. Cost: $450 includes accommodation and all meals. Contact Marie Clews mclews@tpg.com.au or Yvonne Eade ylouisee@gmail.com for further information and registration form.

     2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize: Sydney Living Museums invites female artists to submit artworks that respond to Meroogal, an 1880s house museum in Nowra.  Selected artworks will be exhibited throughout the property from 22 September 2018 until 20 March 2019. https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/meroogal-womens-art-prize-2018/

  ANNOUNCING THE SEED STITCH CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE AWARDS: Seed Stitch Collective (SSC), in partnership with Australian Design Centre (ADC), has organized NSW textile artists to take part in the inaugural Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards (SSCTA). An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at ADC during Sydney Craft Week in October 2018 hosted at ADC’s William Street gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney. (The Exhibition Opening Night is 5th October, 6-8pm and the show continues at ADC until 14th November.) SSCTA is an open competition aimed at recognising highly skilled and diverse NSW textile artists. JUDGES: Soraya Abidin, Artistic Director, Seed Stitch Collective; Lisa Cahill, CEO & Artistic Director, Australian Design Centre; Associate Professor Liz Williamson, UNSW Art & Design. Submissions have closed. Details from seedstich.com.au

     SYDNEY CRAFT WEEK 2018: Sydney’s annual festival of craft is on again from 5 – 14 October 2018. “In October 2017, the inaugural Sydney Craft Week exceeded our expectations in participation, audience numbers and quality content. The first festival featured 90+ events (including 50+ workshops) held in 45 suburbs across Greater Sydney. We’re looking forward to a fantastic festival this year. www.sydneycraftweek.com

During October ADC will be the Sydney venue for the touring exhibition In these Hands ‘Mara nyanganka’ – 70th anniversary exhibition of Ernabella Arts curated by Sturt Craft Centre.

     The program for Sturt Summer School is online. DATES: 3-7 January 2019. You can also ring Sturt Gallery for additional information – the gallery is open 7 days, 10am-5pm and can be called on 02 4860 2083. www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/summer-school  Two courses of special interest: Knit, weave, lace + wire – Tutor: Angharad Rixon.  Weaving stripes: designing and weaving coloured striped fabric – Tutor: Liz Williamson

     The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. is pleased to announce The Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018 Sep – Nov. See http://embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/events/festival-of-contemporary-machine-stitch With machine embroidery workshops, demonstrations, artist talks from renowned international and domestic artists, and an exhibition of works from the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection. The highlight will be a juried exhibition in the new Galleries at Concord West, entitled THREAD STITCH CLOTH. https://embroiderersguildnsw.worldsecuresystems.com/Events/festivalThreadStitchCloth Inspired by Bernina’s 125th anniversary, this Festival is a mechanism for the promotion of machine stitch, past, present and future. Along with the development of technology, so too has the application and use of technique evolved and blossomed. On its own or used in conjunction with other techniques, machine stitch is part of all our lives. Where would we be without it? The festival is an all-ages event, with opportunities for all aspects of community involvement. For more information on what we have to offer, please keep updated with our social media platforms and website. Opening Celebration 6-8pm Sept 21st. The last day of the Festival is Nov 6th.  Workshop, demonstrations and artist talks to be announced! Centre of Excellence for Embroidery and Textile Arts, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney.

Announcing an exhibition from The Embroiderers Guild of NSW at Galleries at Concord West (Phone 02 9743 2501 or 02 9743 2293. Email: info@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au):  AUSTRALIA WIDE SIX, a touring exhibition of OzQuilt’s members’ work premiered at Galleries at Concord West (see details above) on 31st August and continues until 18 September. www.ozquiltnetwork.com.au Also SHEILA BEER will be exhibiting her Selected Works from 2-18 September with her unique and contemporary quilt art pieces.

Frances Larder’s exhibition LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL will be on show at Casula Powerhouse Museum Sydney, opening on the 10th November. There will be 8 wallhangings using painting techniques and fabric manipulation depicting the journey of 9 Dutch Eurasians children who were born and caught up in Indonesia during WWII and the Indonesian war of Independence. Frances Larder says “the  surviving children, who are now in their seventies and eighties that I interviewed for my research, told me their stories about those horrific times, and how they eventually settled on the Sunshine Coast to start a new life. It has also been an amazing journey for me, researching that part of history, as I was also a child living in Java during that time, and wanted to know more about my own background. Here in Australia there is little known about this time, even though Australia was involved in assisting Indonesia obtain their Independence…. It was a traumatic, emotional time for these children and yet they were never allowed to talk about it, which has left an imprint on the rest of their lives and families. It has only been in the last two years that their stories are becoming known. It is a part of history that needs to be acknowledged and recorded for future generations including here Australia.”

Showing at BAROMETER Gallery, 13 Gurner Street, Paddington Sydney until 22 SeptemberIN REVERSE
photographic images by Catherine Rogers & fabrics by Barbara Rogers
. All fabric works are unique patterns crafted by Barbara Rogers. Photographic images are in editions of 5 printed by Catherine Rogers. www.barometer.net.au phone +61 (0)2 93584968. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.  

Then at Barometer (details above): SHELLS, 3 – 20  October. Kathleen Berney, Liz Gemmell, Beth Hatton, Irene Manion and Barbara Rogers celebrate the beauty and diversity of shells.  Using textile processes they re-imagine shell structures and markings, revealing the inner dynamic of patterns of growth – multiplication, repetition and variety, division and all-embracing unity. This exhibition is part of Sydney Design Week https://www.sydneycraftweek.com/events/shells-and-3d-shibori-scarf-workshop/ and https://www.sydneycraftweek.com/

In November at Barometer (details above): FLOW 10 November – 1 December. Barbara Rogers – Resist dyed textiles

In December at Barometer (details above): THE SECRET LIFE OF COLOUR 5 – 18 December. Sally Campbell. Exploring the unpredictable world of natural dyes. Dipping, dyeing, printing and weaving poetic magic into textiles.

Presented by UNSW Galleries, Cnr of Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021. LOCAL COLOUR: Experiments in Nature (to 15 September) features artists and designers with an interest in sustainable practices, local ecologies and an appreciation for the world’s natural resources.  The exhibition is open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm.  Ph (02) 8936 0888. https://artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/local-colour-experiments-nature

The exhibition highlights the resurgent international shift towards natural dyes, the increased interest in ‘slow textiles’, the handmade and holistic practice of textile making. Social, cultural and political issues ranging from climate change, land use, individual and environmental wellbeing are expressed in works coloured by plant dyes and pigments. Presenting contemporary work by Australian and international artists, designers and social enterprise groups, Local Colour illustrates the vitality, diversity, breadth and beauty of this practice that’s now enjoying a renaissance across the world. Artists: Aranya Natural, Adiv Pure Nature, Mandy Batjula Gaykamangu, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Dorothy Caldwell, Margret Djogiba, India Flint, Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Leanne Guymala, Judith Kentish, Abduljabbar Khatri, Rebecca Mayo, Gabrielle Mordy, Sarah Nadjalaburnburn, Emma Peters, Margaret Rarru, Rowland Ricketts, Julie Ryder, Lucy Simpson, Holly Story, and Elsje van Keppel. Curator: Associate Professor Liz Williamson. There are a number of FREE opportunities to hear speakers, tour the exhibition and participate. You do need to RSVP to attend, find out more here: https://artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/local-colour-experiments-nature

      KALEIDOSCOPE – this exhibition is comprised of contemporary works by textile artists Kerry Beaumont, Petal Davies, Mandy McAlister, Barb Morris, Barbara Veitch and Ellen King. The group formed because of their passion for textiles and their desire to push the boundaries in contemporary embroidery, quilting and felting. The notion of Kaleidoscope allows each artist to look at colour and shape and the inspiration they find in nature and the environment. The exhibition opened in late August at The Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, and continues until 7th September 2018.




PLACE an exhibition of Artists Books, Panizzi Room, University of Wollongong Library,  to 14 October. Open 10am-5pm daily.  (There is a shuttle bus from Nth Wollongong Station to the University if you are coming by train). Thirty-five book artists will show their work – the exhibition will travel to Lismore, Armidale and Orange in 2019 & 2020. Avril Makula and Liz Jeneid have co-curated the books in this exhibition. UOW has set up a landing page. This will be updated with dates for the panel discussion and demo times once they are finalised.  http://archivesonline.uow.edu.au/pages/place

Workshops coming up later in the year at the studio of Liz Jeneid (29-33 Stones Rd., Mt Kembla NSW); tel 42 712 460 or 0408 421 664; email ejeneid@ozemail.com.au). October 27/28: Printing from the Land with Gabriella Hegyes. Explore the natural and made environment using alternative printmaking methods onto fabric and paper. Prints will be created from boiled vegetation onto paper and fabric. We also create wet clay plates embossed with found natural and made materials and print from these embossing’s onto fabric and onto paper with acrylic paints inks and soils. November 10/11: Basketry with Natural Fibres – Lissa de Sailles. Over this two day hands on workshop participants will learn how to identify, harvest and prepare natural materials for weaving sculptural and functional baskets. A number of basketry construction techniques will be taught including twining, looping, braiding, plaiting and random weave. Please note that participants need to have reasonable manual dexterity. www.lizjeneid.net

     At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney) until 14 October 2018: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th century to the present.  A riot of colour and style, Reigning Men is the largest and most important menswear exhibition ever assembled, and explodes the myth that menswear is restrained. Featuring over 130 garments by renowned menswear designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renowned collection, the exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to women. This exhibition was organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

     Spinning World – Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS – Powerhouse) to 6 January 2019. Spinning World (世界を紡ぐ) is a multi-sensory project incorporating textiles, electronics and graphene. MAAS Research Fellows Dr Agnieszka Golda and Dr Jo Law investigated historical Japanese textiles from the Museum’s collection and have created a new artwork that explores the relationship between art, emerging technologies and ecology.
For more information see:  https://maas.museum/event/spinning-world/

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:   Exhibition Program: Place: Stitched Masterpieces: Cathy Jack Coupland (5-30 Sept); Crossing Borders Jette Clover (10 Oct – 4 November); Jo Hamilton (13 Nov- 24 Nov); Pam Hovel (28 Nov – 22 Dec).

    TIMELESS TEXTILES continued: In the Place – Stitched Masterpieces exhibition (5-30 September) Coupland tries to capture her emotional response to the world around her. The resulting works are a vibrant and complex tribute to Sydney suburb of Breakfast Point. Breakfast Point is only a 40-minute ferry ride from the Sydney CBD, yet it abounds with the beauty of the natural world, Coupland says. It is a busy commercial and recreational waterway on the Parramatta River. Yet it also has a sense of history and timelessness. Machine work is Coupland’s preferred technique. The rhythm created by the stitches, and the tactile nature of the finished work, produces art singing with colour and optimism.

     Check out all the exciting creative workshops for 2018 at Timeless Textiles Gallery http://www.timelesstextiles.com.au/page19825/shop.aspx?categoryID=1791

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE  is a major national touring exhibition that opened at Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in December 2016.  Other NSW centres for this touring show are listed below.  As the project title suggests Soft Core seeks to creatively explore notions of ‘softness’ in contemporary art. Curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate Michael Do and drawing together 13 international and Australian artists, the participants each reveal different approaches to ideas and experiences of softness. The results range from large-scale inflatables that spectators are encouraged to interact with, to smooth, small, flesh-like objects. The artists participating in Soft Core include Tully Arnot, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates, and Paul Yore – each variously utilises air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay, and plastics bags as examples of materials co-opted for their versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in the show are activated through electricity and inflation while others simply inhabit their softness. The exhibition is supported by an extensive catalogue with contributions from writers, curators and directors. See Soft Core in 2018 at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW to 28 October 2018.

      ATASDA The Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association NSW branch offers 2 day Workshops and 1 Day Textile Tasters with noted Australian and International tutors on a variety of textile related subjects. Details and enrolment forms for upcoming workshops and tasters are available on the ATASDA website www.atasda.org.au or email the workshop or taster co-ordinators at nswworkshops@atasda.org.au / nswtasters@atasda.org.au. All events (workshops, tasters, General Meetings – usually featuring guest speakers, and social days) are held in Sydney at Dence Park, Epping. Members and non-members are welcome – members attend workshops and tasters at discounted rates. The workshop/tasters program for the next year is announced with great fanfare at the December (1st Saturday) general meeting each year. We will always consider applications by prospective local and interstate tutors. For these and any other general enquiries contact ATASDA NSW at nsw@atasda.org.au or by post at PO Box 1090 Epping NSW 1710.

      ATASDA South is an enthusiastic group of ATASDA NSW, which meets in Sutherland on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Members come from the Southern Suburbs of Sydney, Southern Highlands, The Illawarra and down to Berry. More information from ATSADA South Group: www.atasda.org.au www.fibretribe.blogspot.com

     GO CREATE! New England is a textile and art retreat situated in beautiful pastoral country in the New England Tablelands on property owned by well known contemporary lace maker Vicky Taylor and her husband. Participants can choose from classes with on-farm accommodation including meals, or any level of B&B and hotels available in the Uralla/Armidale district. Many creative classes on offer including dyeing, no-rules printing, textile painting, shoe making, contemporary surface embellishment, contemporary lace making, design and personal development. Most have a textile theme but there is also painting, photography, drawing, encaustics, jewellery and felting classes, taught by professionals drawn from the region and abroad.  Ph: 0412 351 792 www.gocreatenewengland.com  They are now offering a  “Go Creators” rewards program. It is designed to help those who have lots of workshops on the “to do list” to make it more affordable. Join “Go Creators Rewards” for significant workshop discounts. Pay $200/month for your choice of 6 workshops within a 6 month block. (6 month block will start from first payment). Or pay $1200 up front for your choice of 6 workshops within a 12 month period. Workshops must be chosen at least 1 month in advance, so tutors and Go Create staff have time to prepare. There will be no refunds for missing workshops, however you can opt for another workshop within your time period if proper notice is given. Late workshop changes or workshop cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances will be at Go Create’s discretion and “Go Creators” will have their workshop rescheduled on a case by case basis. Please ring or email us to purchase a Go Creators reward programme. Call Kath: 0412 251 972 or email us at admin@gocreatenewengland.com (mailto:admin@gocreatenewengland.com)