NSW News & Events

     HEATHER DORROUGH: Originally trained in England in art and interior design, Heather worked as an Interior Designer in London and New York, then from 1961 in Sydney. After the birth of her first child in 1964 she took up Art as a career, using materials she was most familiar with, fabric and thread. She developed her own techniques in appliqué, machine embroidery, and painting with fabric dyes, and became amazingly skilful at “drawing” with the sewing machine.  From mid 1960s to the 1980s she had a series of one person exhibitions, and participated in many group exhibitions around Australia and internationally.  She was also commissioned to create works for a number of public buildings in Australia and overseas. One of the largest of such commissions was for the Staff Dining Room in the extensions to the NSW Parliament House in 1980-81. This consists of 12 large hangings, each 2.75 x 1m which depict edible plants and botanical details, many three dimensional, set against a warm “Australian” ground and a broad sky, to give a sense of space and drama to this internal room. The materials are heavy weight canvas, procion dye, machine embroidery and appliqué. It took over a year to complete. A few years ago the use of the room was changed, so that it was no longer a Dining Room, and the hangings were put into storage. There is now a rare opportunity to view these works, as they have been put on exhibition, together with a number of other art works from the Parliament’s collection, in the central Fountain Court of the Parliament Building. There are also two of Heather’s coloured pen and ink botanical studies which were done as part her preparatory work for the commission. The exhibition will continue from now until 1st March, and there is free entry 9.00 to 4.30, weekdays. Entry from Macquarie Street.

The LADY AND THE UNICORN exhibition. This exhibition is a series of medieval tapestries, some of the rarest masterpieces of French art from the Middle Ages. They’ll be on display exclusively at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) from 10th Feb – 24thJune 2018. The series of tapestries may never be seen again in Australia so this is truly a once in lifetime opportunity to see the masterpieces in Sydney. Travelling for only the third time outside France since they were designed in Paris circa 1500, the six magnificent tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn can be viewed exclusively at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney in 2018. On loan from the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, The Lady and the Unicorn is often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages.’ Considered a French national treasure, it is the number one attraction at the Musée de Cluny, one of Paris’ most-visited museums. If you wish to read more about the exhibition, there is information available from https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/the-lady-and-the-unicorn/

RUTH HADLOW is running a 4-day masterclass entitled Making in the Moment in Marrickville, Sydney, March 12-15. “If you’re interested in extending your creative practice, developing some strategies for art-making when you have no time, and engaging in a stimulating and inspiring week of ideas and investigations, please get in touch.  e:  ruthhadlow@gmail.com  m: 047 801 8851

Embroiderers Guild of NSW: METAMORPHOSIS A Retrospective with EFFIE MITROFANIS on until 28th March. The exhibition is open to all visitors and members of the guild. Venue: Gallery 76 Queen, Embroiderers Guild NSW, 76 Queen Street, Concord West NSW 2138. Open Mon to Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm, closed Public Holidays.

The Blue Mountains branch of the Embroiderers Guild of NSW is staging a Group Exhibition, FOLLOW THE THREAD from 22 Feb – 25 March at Braemar House, Springwood, NSW. The gallery is open Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm daily.

COASTAL WORKS by Lizzie Doyle and Andy Doyle: showing until 14 February 2018 at Spiral Gallery, Bega. Silk weavings, scarves and shawls by weaver Lizzie Doyle combined with drawings and paintings by her brother Andy Doyle. The two have worked together to build a collection that responds to the rugged beauty of the coastline and interior. Spiral Gallery Cooperative is a not for profit artist run space that aims to promote and support contemporary and innovative art practice through its frequently changing exhibitions. The gallery promotes its members, established and emerging artists through our exhibition program reflecting a variety of media and styles. 

      Coming up at Spiral Gallery, Bega: “Year of the Dog” Open Art Prize!! ALL THINGS DOG!! 16 February – 14 March. Spiral Gallery is sponsoring the Year of the Dog, an open art prize exhibition. This exhibition is open to all members of the community plus artists working in any medium at any level of practice. Cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, wonderful working dogs, all things dog. ALSO: do you have an exhibition proposal??  Send your proposal, resume, artist statement & recent images of your work to Spiral Gallery which is located at 47 Church Street, Bega NSW. Phone 02 64925322. Email spiralgallery@southernphone.com.au Hours M-F 10-4pm  Sat 10-1pm
KATHARINA GROSSE at Carriageworks: Carriageworks commissioned renowned German artist Katharina Grosse to create a monumental, site-specific installation in response to the unique industrial architecture and scale of the Carriageworks precinct. Grosse will envelop the space in more than 8,000 square metres of suspended fabric—draped, through the building, from January 2018. Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh (Sydney) and the exhibition  continues until 8 April 2018. Free entry. carriageworks.com.au

     At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney): Love Is… Australian Wedding Fashion. On now until 22 April 2018: From the simple to the stunning, Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion features more than 50 wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly 200 years of Australian weddings. The exhibition includes Australia’s first surviving wedding dress from 1822, gold rush fashions, elegant 1920s gowns, unconventional sixties styles and spectacular contemporary designer fashion, as well as garments reflecting Australia’s culturally diverse communities. Memorabilia, photographs and letters reveal the stories and traditions behind the outfits within the context of the social, economic and political changes in Australian society. The exhibition showcases examples of exquisite contemporary gowns from well-known Australians at the vanguard of international wedding fashion. Make your visit to Love Is extra special with High Tea at the Powerhouse. https://maas.museum/event/love-is-australian-wedding-fashion/

     Sydney Design Festival is presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) from March 2-11, 2018, with the festival program comprising a diverse array of the city’s design community and events arranged in a number of venues. The program is very diverse and includes some amount of Fashion/Textile. https://sydneydesign.com.au/2018/whats-on/#/

BAROMETER Gallery at 13 Gurner Street, Paddington Sydney: until 24 February 2018 the featured exhibition is RED & BLUE Barometer’s annual show based on a colour theme. Red and blue are the colours this time – together with all the possibilities these two colours bring -separately and mixed together. Red and blue realized in dyes and pigments, on paper and textiles, when fabricated into abstract images and designs, or observed in nature and seen in the world around us. www.barometer.net.au phone +61 (0)2 93584968, 13 Gurner Street Paddington NSW 2021 AUSTRALIA. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.

     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 – 11 August to 28 October 2018.

     Opening on Thursday 8 February at the Australian Design Centre: Obsessed: Compelled to make and Future Artefacts. Obsessed: Compelled to make showcases the awe-inspiring creativity and innovation of the maker and at the same time focuses on the fundamental human need to make. Obsessed: Compelled to make includes artists from across Australia: Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Honor Freeman, | Jon Goulder | Kath Inglis |
 Laura McCusker |
 Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | Kate Rohde |
 Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson. This is an ADC on Tour national exhibition supported by Visions Australia and the Gordon Darling Foundation. Weaver and textile artist Liz Williamson and jeweller and metalsmith Oliver Smith discuss their practice and their work in the exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make: Wednesday 21 February, 6 – 8pm. Where: Australian Design Centre, 113 -115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. Free event but bookings preferred.

Also at Australian Design Centre: Future Artefacts is the culmination of a seven-year collaboration between conceptual designers Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, and an unveiling of new collaborations with photographer Jane Burton, sculptor Kate Rohde, and composer Byron Meyer. Future Artefacts is presented in collaboration with Karen Woodbury Fine Art and Craft Victoria. Constructing Fantastical Worlds: An evening of fashion & photography – Fashion designer Alexi Freeman and photographer Jane Burton in conversation with ADC’s Creative Strategy Associate Penny Craswell.  A behind the scenes look into the design process of Alexi Freeman and Future Artefacts collaborator Tessa Blazey. Photographer Jane Burton will present a slideshow of her work, with a particular focus on her influences in film, fantasy and fairy tales: Friday 9 February, 6 – 8pm Where: ADC 113 -115 William St, Darlinghurst. Free event but bookings preferred.

     Meet the Maker: Victoria Atkinson | Studio A: To coincide with the Sydney Mardi Gras season, Studio A artist Victoria Atkinson will showcase her textile wrestling costumes featuring painted and embroidered wrestling belts and masks. Victoria will demonstrate how she creates the work and be on hand to discuss her process and wrestling passion. When: Saturday 24 February,12.30 3.30pm. Where: ADC (Australian Design Centre), 113 -115 William St, Darlinghurst. Free event.

In August The Australian Design Centre (details above) will partner with the Australian Tapestry Workshop to present Painting with Thread, an exhibition of small tapestries, samples and materials. 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.

Sydney Craft Week will be back for its second year from 5 to 14 October 2018 with exhibitions, workshops, retail events, talks, conferences and open studios right across Greater Sydney and (stretching the boundaries a little) beyond. Details to come.

      Special exhibition STURT (Mittagong NSW): In these hands ‘Mara nyangangka’ Ernabella Arts, 70 years of Indigenous art & design. Sturt received a grant from the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program of the Federal Department of Communication and the Arts of $40,000 to support the development and production of a major exhibition in conjunction with Ernabella Arts Centre in South Australia. This very special is a celebration of many things – Ernabella’s 70th birthday, the unique residency collaboration that took place between Sturt and Ernabella in the early 1970s and the wonderful contemporary work that is produced now at Ernabella. The funds received have allowed Sturt to produce the exhibition to touring standard including a full catalogue and interpretation.” The exhibition runs until 11th February 2018/   www.sturt.nsw.edu.au  (Note that it will be at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney during October 2018).

The Lismore Group of The Embroiderers Guild NSW will stage the exhibition, Pearl, Perle, Purl: Celebrating 30 years of stitch at Lismore Regional Gallery with the opening from 5:30-6:30pm on Friday 16th February – featured are Barbara Johnson and June Fiford. The exhibition runs from 17 February until 1 April 2018. Free workshops are planned along with informational chats. Also in Lismore: an exhibition of ANZAC Commemoration Postcards at the Richmond Tweed Regional Library from 2 February – 17 March 2018. This exhibition is free and open to all during Library hours. https://www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au/ These silk postcards were embroidered by NSW Guild Members for a travelling exhibition in 2015. These replicas honour the heritage and skills of embroidered silk cards by Belgium and French women which were sent home to Australia by the military & medical personnel serving in Europe in WW1.

     South Coast Southern Tablelands Region of Black and Coloured Sheep Association NSW Inc. 38th ANNUAL ROBERTSON WOOL FESTIVAL 2018. Saturday 21st April 2018. School of Arts Illawarra Highway Robertson from 10am – 2.30pm. Top Quality Local Coloured and White Fleeces For Sale. Also For Sale: Spinning, Weaving and Felting; Supplies & Lots of Wool Products. Featuring Wood Turning by Southern Highlands Woodies. 11.30 am Fashion Parade; Speed Knitting Competition. Refreshments available. For further information contact: Kathy Frey phone 02 48789318.

Masuda Gallery in Sydney is returning from its hiatus in an exciting new collaboration between Space 145 and Masuda Gallery. This collaboration explores the beauty of handmade Japanese, South East Asian and Oceanic objects and textiles. Our selections honour the refined hand of the traditional craftsman, infused with a deep respect for the organic rhythms of nature. The space is now open, please feel free to drop by. Open:  Thursday to Saturday, Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm or otherwise by appointment. 145 St. Johns Rd. Glebe 2037. Masako: 0466565525 // Sue: 0439374710. www.masudagallery.com // www.space145.com

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:  URBAN NARRATIVES: Multi-layered surfaces of real and imaginary maps create a rich urban narrative in a new exhibition by Hungarian-based fibre artist Eszter Bornemisza. The exhibition opened in January and continues until 10th February. Mathematically trained, Bornemisza has been practicing as a fibre artist since the mid-1990s. She brings a unique spatial perspective to her works with recycled paper, textiles and other found soft materials. The basic process of her creation is machine stitching, with additional elements of printing dyeing and painting. After having made art quilts for more than ten years, her interest has turned to creating transparent wall-hangings, objects and installations using ripped, overprinted newspaper. Her new exhibition, Urban Narratives, uses these techniques to represent the layers of existence, the past and present cultures of urban places.

Climate change in Iceland reflected in a new exhibition at Timeless Textiles: Internationally recognised Icelandic textile artist, Anna Gunnarsdottir, reflects her concerns about the effects of climate change in her homeland in an exhibition opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles 15 February (6-8pm) until 11 March 2018. A resident of Akureyri in Iceland, Gunnarsdottir says people in the northern countries around the North Pole are very worried about changes to the natural landscape. “Especially in and around Iceland, we are very much aware of climate change,” she said. “Our glaciers are melting much more rapidly than previously thought. The changes are affecting our everyday lives.” Gunnarsdottir has tried to express her feelings in the extraordinary works represented in her exhibition, Sensitive Landscape: Details from Nature.

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

Macarthur Textile Network Inc. presents its biennial exhibition: TEXTILES…. COLOUR DANCE from Wednesday July 4th to Sunday July 15th, 2018 at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown. 10am-4pm daily. The official opening will be by Kate Oszko, editor of ‘Down Under Textiles’ at 2pm on Saturday 7th July. This exhibition promises the festive feel of colour and movement. Enjoy a coffee in the Art Centre Cafe and a stroll in the Japanese garden. Macarthur Textile Network Inc. is supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Susan Wilson can be contacted for details: iansue@bigpond.net.au

ATASDA’s 2018 PALM HOUSE Exhibition will take place at The Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road from Monday, May 21 May until Friday, 1 June 2018. The theme is The Space in Between.

      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)