NSW News & Events

At the Art Gallery of NSW until 3 February 2019: William Kentridge’s wonderful tapestry woven by the Stephens Tapestry Studio. When: 10am-5pm daily to 3 February 2019. Where: AGNSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney.

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. https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/ The exhibition is at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW until 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

FLORA SENSA curated by Saskia Everingham will be exhibited in various galleries in the Blue Mountains in 2019.  The first iteration is at Mt Tomah (Blue Mountains Botanical Garden), opening on Saturday April 13, 2019, at 11 am. There will be scones and champagne and maybe a tour of the Gardens, weather permitting. The exhibition continues to Mt Tomah until 26th Mary. Then it travels to Braemar Gallery in Springwood; dates: 13 June – 7 July. The final showing for 2019 will be Everglades Gardens Leura30 November – 22 December 2019.

The arc of a plant’s life mirrors our own, so it is natural for us to see parallels between the two. Flora Sensa is an exhibition of ten textile artists from the Blue Mountains, exploring heightened moments when flowers touched their lives. Ranging from weaving, felting and sewing to printmaking and installations, each artist brings their own experiences and skill to create a tapestry of colour and meaning, evoking moments that we all share as humans – birth , death, joy, grief – that so often transcend words but can be expressed through the metaphor of flowers.

Artists exhibiting are: Elizabeth Bowe, Rachael Daisy, Pam de Groot, Heather Dunn, Ellen King, R.R. Pascoe, Chrissie powell, Kevina Jo Smith, Glenice Ware and Freedom Wilson.

     I dream of a world where love is the answer: Mo Orkizewski with local and international contributing artists. This exhibition/installation explores the restorative powers of love and community. Opening event: 3rd March from 3-5pm at Artsite Glleries,  165 Salisbury Road, Cnr. St Marys Street, Camperdown Sydney 2050. The Exhibition runs from 2-24 March 2019. The link to an overview of the project is: https://itscrowtime.wordpress.com/crows-art-magic-2011-16/the-gathering-2018/
The link for the pennants and talisman as they are arriving: https://itscrowtime.wordpress.com/crows-art-magic-2011-16/the-gathering-2018/pennants-and-talismans-arriving-from-around-the-world/

     2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize: Sydney Living Museums invited female artists to submit artworks that respond to Meroogal, an 1880s house museum in Nowra.  Selected artworks are being exhibited throughout the property until 20 March 2019. This year’s winners: Tamara Dean (Cambewarra) for her photographic artwork, Transience. Also awarded was Kim Davies (Katoomba), Second Prize for her fabric and wire Carpet Moth and Beth Norling (Dulwich Hill) received a Highly Commended for her not all things are washed awary ink and soap artwork. There was a prize pool of over $10,000.


     Designing Bright Futures 2018 surveys twelve selected Bachelor and Masters of Design students graduating from UNSW Art & Design in the disciplines of jewellery, textile, graphic, object, interactive and spatial design. It is at the Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst until 23 January 2019.

untethered fibre artists inc. is thrilled to present un:Seen, their fourth annual exhibition, each exhibition title forming part of a poetic interconnected narrative. Evolving from previous exhibition titles, the works explore human interaction, impart a message and share a passion through imagery and meaning. The 20 artists work in a wide variety of fibre and textile techniques to tell stories that draw on memory, history and relationships between people. Spend some time enjoying intricate works made with stitch, felt, print, dye, and many other traditional and innovative fibre art practices. Watch the “making of” slideshow for a glimpse into the artists’ studios. The exhibition tours regionally and interstate. 17th  May – 29th June 2019 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery – Corner of Bourke and Church Streets, Goulburn NSW 2580, Main entrance from Chisholm Court off Church St Ph: 02 4823 4494 Open: Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 1-4pm. 5th Dec 2019 – 19th Jan 2020 Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie St, Taree NSW 2430 Ph:02 6592 5455 Open Wed-Sat 10am – 4pm, Sunday 1-4pm.

Workshops at the Studio of Liz Jeneid (29-33 Stones Road, Mt Kembla NSW) : Jan 19/20: Books with Liz Jeneid; Feb 2/3 Boxmakingwith Avril Makula; June 15/15 ‘Stitch It – Weave It’ – Sculptural Basketry with Lissa de Sailles. Details from  Phone (02) 4271.2460 or 0408.421.664. Email ejeneid@ozemail.com.au Web: www.lizjeneid.net

Tweed Regional Gallery celebrates MARION HALL BEST: Interiors until 17 February 2019. This exhibition charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.  

Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid-1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today. Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings. Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street, Sydney and Queen Street, Woollahra, which were an inspiration to the local design profession. Marion Hall Best: Interiors is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Read more: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/event/tweed-regional-gallery-marion-hall-best-interiors/#ixzz5YgX1nxNn

     NERAM | RIVERSONG: Four Seasons of the Rocky River. Armidale artist, Jan Clark, is inspired by the extraordinary beauty found in the tiny details of nature particularly those of the Rocky River by which she lives. This body of work expresses the feelings, moods, sounds, heat and cold of the Rocky River, where small riparian habitats provides deep spiritual nourishment. This exhibition of twelve panels of colours and textures runs until 3rd February 2019 at the New England Regional Art Gallery, Armidale. For more information visit www.neram.com.au

     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

Frances Larder’s exhibition LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL will be on show at Casula Powerhouse Museum Sydney, until 3 February 2019. There are 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.”

     At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney):   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. Explore textile samples, conductive materials and their entire online visual diary: www.craftingmateriality.tumblr.co  Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Cost: $8 – $15, For more information see:  https://maas.museum/event/spinning-world/

At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney) until 30 June 2019: AKIRA ISOGAWA exhibition. Akira Isogawa is the first exhibition to survey the full extent of the designer’s career over more than 25 years. Delving into the creative world of one of our country’s best known and most loved designers, it explores the background, impulses and cultural references that have contributed to the making of a fashion original whose fusion of Asian tradition with Australian ease has captivated audiences around the world. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Akira arrived in Australia as a young man and launched his fashion label in Sydney in 1993. Isogawa’s poetic manipulation of fabric, form and embellishment along with his distinctive ‘fold’ design element filtered through his Japanese- Australian lens have captivated fashion audiences around the world. Akira Isogawa features more than 70 garments, most of which Isogawa has donated from his archive, to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. The exhibition includes garments, accessories and costumes created for the Sydney Dance Company in collaboration with its founding director Graeme Murphy, along with aspects of design development including key sources of inspiration such as vintage kimonos.

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:   Exhibition Program: Echoes – Organic Forms in felt. NCEATA: Black & White exhibition. NCEATA (Newcastle Creative Embroiderers and Textile Artists) have been challenged by this year’s exhibition theme “Black and White” in a new exhibition opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles in December 2018. The exhibition runs until 13 January 2019 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays and Public Holidays).

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

      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)