NSW News & Events

ARTS MUSTER for the Blue Mountains: www.artsmuster.com.au | www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster | artsmuster@gmail.com | 0416 104 033 VENUE & DATES: Hazelbrook (Korowal School) 5-7 October.  A new program of arts workshops and events is coming to the Blue Mountains, with the launch of Arts Muster currently the program for their first workshops, to be held 5-7 October this year at Korowal School. Anyone interested in becoming a tutor or a student can register at https://www.artsmuster.com.au/ The founders of Arts Muster are Barbara Hall, a long-term Blue Mountains resident, teacher and textile arts dreamer, and Samantha Tannous, a resident of Jervis Bay and a practicing fibre artist with a background in journalism and marketing communications. Arts Muster plans to offer more school-holiday events throughout the year in 2020, including the April holidays. We are also inviting expressions of interest for market stalls, traders, and other service providers such as a coffee van or massage therapist. Samantha said: “I have spent many years attending exceptional arts workshops around Australia, and this is a very special opportunity for us to deliver quality events for arts enthusiasts in NSW. The support from Korowal School and the Blue Mountains arts community has so far been amazing.” Anyone interested in finding out more, or offering their services or support, can clontact Samantha Tannous on 0416 104 033 or visit https://www.artsmuster.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster/ or email artsmuster@gmail.com

WAR AND PIECED: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts From Military Fabrics. Until 28th April at Cowra Art Gallery (CRAG). Not to be missed!! This stunning exhibition (a blockbuster exhibition just back from New York) is a unique showcase of spectacularly complex geometric quilts made from military fabrics. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts”, the pieced textiles in this exhibition are associated with World War I and World War II as well as the late eighteenth century, conflicts in India, South Africa and wars during the nineteenth century. As works of art they demonstrate that something beautiful can be an outcome of war. This Cowra Regional Art Gallery exhibition is drawn from the unparalleled collection of internationally acclaimed quilt authority Dr. Annette Gero. Cowra Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours: Tues to Sat 10am–4pm; Sun 2pm–4pm. Tel: (02) 6340 2190 www.cowraartgallery.com.au Annette Gero’s award winning book Wartime Quilts, Appliqués and Geometric masterpieces is available for purchase.

    COLOURS OF AUSTRALIA is showing until March 10th at Gilgandra Art Gallery. The exhibition comprises of a selection of quilts from the permanent collection of QuiltNSW.

    Lyn Bemet will hold a joint exhibition with painter Joy Cooksey. Lyn incorporates elements from nature to create functional vessels and sculptural forms. Vines, leaves, pods and even weeds gathered from the bush, seaside and gardens are woven into artisanal pieces. Although the preparation of these leaf fibres is arduous, the journey is both exciting and experimental. When: 25 April to 19 May Where: Gloucester Gallery, Denison St Gloucester Workshops: 13 May – woven baskets using lomanda; 14 May – create a vessel/sculpture using vines and cotton. Information: 0438291342 or lbemet@skymesh.com.au

The SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL takes place from 1-10 March 2019 although many related events continue throughout the month of March. To get details of various workshops, events and exhibitions, see the newsletter, Emma Peters: Textiles. (YOU can sign up to receive the newsletter on a regular basis). This is the link: https://mailchi.mp/60a08e20fc21/novembers-textile-events-in-sydney-1507553?fbclid=IwAR2-eGf5u3Y3QaxImyMUrU4qdHJmFE9Ob8xHNo-UoryRQnJpyzVmUHpSW24 Emma Peters: www.emmapeters.com.au

Modern Quilt Show Australia is returning in 2019 through the combined efforts of Sydney and Wollongong Modern Quilt Guilds. The best modern quilts by Australian quilters will be on display from Friday 16th to Sunday 17th August 2019 at The Pavilion, Kiama. For those interested in entering, entries open on 11th May and close on 17th June. For details, visit and sign up for updates at www.modernquilters.com.au/

Ruth Hadlow is offering a Masterclass on IDEAS DEVELOPMENT in Sydney, March 19-22 at the Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville. This masterclass is aimed at participants who are interested in expanding and developing their practice beyond purely technical and aesthetic concerns. It will focus on developing ideas through creative research – reading, writing, material investigations, discussion and critical analysis, and will be tailored to each participant. The Ideas Development masterclass will support participants to extend their practice by creating challenges in the form of research projects, self-devised material experimentation, readings, writing exercises, discussion, and self-directed appraisal and critique of work and methods of practice. This cross-disciplinary workshop is pertinent to all art forms. Email ruthhadlow@gmail.com or ring 047 801 8851.

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 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

     The NEXT (4th) Tamworth Textile Triennial, TENSION(S) Performance, Interaction, Material Futures will be launched in Tamworth in August 2020. The curator is Vic McEwan. Tension(s) 2020 acknowledges that the world has long been a place under various tension(s), both harmonious and dissonant. In order to bear witness to, contribute to and respond to these tensions, the triennial will focus on the future of people and place through textile as a material and human experience as materiality.For more information go to: https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/

A scholar’s feast:Old and New is a special exhibition from the Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery (located at 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney; ground floor that continues until 19th April. Inspired by the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi) in Cheongju city, A scholar’s feast: Old and New illustrates traditional and contemporary Korean crafts related to the food and tableware. Spanning leather, glass, clay, fibre, wood, textile and brassware, it focuses to explore the value of Korean craft culture, and the beauty of the handmade. This exhibition is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and co-organised by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, Cheongju city and Cheongju Craft Biennale Organization Committee and the Korean Cultural Centre Australia. Email info@koreanculture.org.au

At SPIRAL Gallery Bega until 6th March: Margaret Wallace – a Retrospective Award Winning Local Textile Artist. A compilation of 18 years of creativity using various techniques and textiles to produce different genres and styles of work. Wool, silk, satin, cotton & recycled fabrics have been dyed, painted, stitched by hand and machine freehand quilting to produce these art pieces.

     OFF THE BEATEN TRACK will be exhibited at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra from 8 June – 27 July 2019 and at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery from 1 – 27 October 2019. Five textile artists have taken a journey ‘off the beaten track’ either literally, imaginary or creatively for this travelling exhibition. The artists; Donna Caffrey, Margaret Gollan, Prue Hill, Linda Taglieri and Diana Thomas have explored the theme through space travel and metaphysics to memories of adventures in distant lands, literature, magical design and the repetition of everyday life. Work practices include embroidery, weaving, 3-D works, quilt making, collage and felting.

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 Galleries,  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/

     CRAFT NSW is offering workshops in its new location at 12 Argyle Place, Millers Point Sydney (open 10am-5pm daily). The workshops are usually one-day or two-day and run from 10am-4:30am on the days offered. Average cost of $100/day. For a complete list (or to sign up to get email bulletins) see https://craftnsw.com.au/collections/workshops

     The Embroiderers Guild of NSW is planning a FESTIVAL OF SAMPLERS at their home,76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney, from 14-24 June. In addition to an exhibition there will be workshops, and a Symposium on 22nd June. Local, interstate and international speakers will discuss different aspects of historical sampler making.  www.embroiderersguildnsw.org.au

TRAVERSING TEXTILES a diverse exhibition of textile work by students at the Australian Catholic University – showing at The Embroiderers Guild of NSW’s Gallery 76 (76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney) from March 2nd to the end of the month. Enjoy a variety of textiles expressions – crochet, costume, quilts, embroidery and more created by final year students. The April exhibition at Gallery 76 is the LATERALS EXHIBITION: Laterals is an Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Group of talented textile artists. The Group was formed in 1991 with the aim of designing and creating innovative Textile Art to exhibit to as wide an audience as possible. Find out more about Lateral Stitchers Group https://www.embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/Groups/Group-Lateral-Stitchers.htm Upcoming exhibitions listed here: https://www.embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/Gallery76

     Margaret Oppen Competition 2019 Exhibition: September/October 2019. Margaret Oppen was one of the founders of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. She always encouraged individuals to aim for a high standard of work. The Margaret Oppen Competition was initiated in 1978 to foster the achievement of excellence in original embroidery design and technique. The theme for the 2019 competition is SENSATIONS and there are three categories: Traditional, Contemporary and Tutors & past winners. The winner will be announced at the Gala Opening on Friday 27 September and works will be exhibited at Gallery 76 (76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney) for approximately one month.

FEMUFACTURE: Japanese & Australian Design until March 27th, 2019. The venue is The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm. Friday 10am-6pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. This exhibition is free; bookings are not necessary. The FEMUFACTURE exhibition will bring together Japanese and Australian artists who work in the hybrid space between traditional crafting techniques and contemporary digital fabrication technologies. It will feature new works by contemporary practitioners Masako Ban, Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman, Belinda Dunstan, Tricia Flanagan, Aki Inomata, and Erina Kashihara. The works exhibit a blend of digital and analogue making techniques, with attention given to the hand of the maker and the mark of the digital. The cross-cultural blend of artists brings critical interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives on the future of manufacturing and crafting, and the role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, fashion, design and architecture. This exhibition explores new modes of making evolving from deep-seeded traditional and culturally-embedded technical skills across different mediums; including weaving, wood turning, paper cut, knit, wearables, indigo dyeing, silversmithing; mashed together with techno crafting, generative coding, rapid prototyping technologies, 3D printing, CNC machining and robotics. In this way visitors experience the future of design, defining new possibilities understandings and expectations. Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, as part of Sydney Design Festival 2019. https://jpf.org.au/events/femufacture/?utm_source=JPF+Sydney+Newsletters&utm_campaign=bf971ab638-J-Central_2019-01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f4a563cdc-bf971ab638-109882145

     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 20th 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. https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/meroogal-womens-art-prize-2018/

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) : June 15/16 ‘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

PLACE is a traveling exhibition of artists’ books curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula. It remains at the library until 22 March: Southern Cross University Library Lismore (Gallery Walk – Level 1). Daily hours from website: www.scu.edu.au/library/ The next venue is Orange Regional Gallery, 149 Byng Street, Orange – dates of 19 Oct – 15 Dec 2019 (the gallery is open 10am-4pm daily). There will also be a showing in Armidale at NERAM (106-1145 Kentucky Street, Armidale) in August 2020 – precise dates to be confirmed.

     The program for Sturt WINTER School is online. DATES: 8-12 July 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/winter-school  Julie Ryder is teaching Shibori and resist dyeing using an indigo vat. Kaz Madigan is teaching Saori weaving. Robynn-el Ross is teaching The Modern Knitter. Peter Taylor is teaching Creative Papermaking. Harriet Goodall is teaching Basketry.

     Australia Wide Six  is a juried exhibition showcasing the work of Ozquilt Network members and is on tour until September 2020. See it is currently at The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan until 9th March 2019. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 1oam-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday closed. https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au/exhibitions/australia-wide/aw6/

     OFF the BEATEN TRACK is an exhibition featuring textiles to be held at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra from 9 June – 27 July. Then it goes to Cessnock Regional Art Gallery from 1-27 October. The works explore imaginary and real journeys in unusual ways and places. Featured are works by Donna Caffrey, Margaret Gollan, Prue Hill, Linda Taglierie and Diana Thomas. Cessnock Regional Art Gallery  https://www.crag.net.au/upcexhibition

At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney) until 30th 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: Until March 10th  Fiona Duthie of Canada’s exhibition is titled Big Ink: The Big Ink exhibition showcases a diverse range of work, from hanging pieces to garments, that all use materials created by fire. She uses sumi-e ink in all of her work. The ink is created using soot from burning pine or vegetable oil, suspended in natural resins or glues. She also incorporates charred wood in many of the pieces. Burning the surface of the wood with a flame, the artist presses the soot into the surface to reveal the textured grain. Paper and wool feltwork unite beautifully and harmoniously in the pieces in Big Ink. This unusual combination of materials combines traditional Korean Joomchi papermaking techniques, with traditional felting.
      The exhibition at Timeless Textiles from March 13 – April 7 is Dyeing the Liminal, work by Melinda Heal. Heal’s work takes a contemporary approach to the traditional Japanese resist-dyeing techniques of katazome and yuzen. These methods are steeped in Japanese culture, with their history tied to the kimono industry. The resulting works, in the Dyeing the Liminal exhibition, inhabit a space between two visual cultures. Complex edges, overlaps and intentional empty spaces depict the liminality of the natural world.  Then from April 10 – May 5 the exhibition at Timeless Textiles is Articles of Ancestry from Anne Kelly. More details from https://timelesstextiles.com.au/

      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.

The Theme title for ATASDA’s new Palm House Exhibition is INTERLUDE (think breathing space, cessation, discontinuance, stop, lull, a pause between acts of play).  The venue is The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the dates are 1-12 June, 2020. Entry is open to all ATASDA members.

      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  NOTE: The ‘South Group’ will hold their biennial exhibition (which has the theme of ‘Fragments’) at the Old Court House Wollongong on the weekend of 18/19 May, 2019.

     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)