NSW News & Events

WEAVE is a new festival of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures presented by the Australian Museum. With events that span from children’s activities to after hours access, the program is remarkably varied. Respected Elders, talented artisans and community groups present practical work and theoretical material, including demonstrations, drop-ins, and workshops, virtual reality representation of dance, song and music, documentaries and video installation, and film screenings, along with storytelling and talks by panels and individuals – including a talk by Adjunct Professor Deborah Bird Rose from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. The festival aims to celebrate and share the stories behind a diverse range of cultural knowledge, practices and traditions. Some specific areas covered include weaving, and Winhangadhurinya, a Wiradjuri word for a type of meditation, deep listening, knowing, and reflecting. Weave: Festival of Aboriginal And Pacific Cultures runs until 31 March 2018 at the Australian Museum.  For more information and festival program visit Weave Festival.

    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/#/

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.

HELEN LANCASTER  (Helen in Wonderland) and IRENE MANION (Inked Wings) will exhibit until 8th April at Purple Noon Art and Sculpture Gallery, 606 Terrace Road, Freeman’s Reach NSW 2756. The gallery is open 10am-5pm weekdays (it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and open on the weekend, both Sat/Sun from 11am-4pm daily. Phone (02) 4579.6579. www.purplenoongallery.com.au

At Narek Gallery, Bermagui untl 24th March: feather light & soft, fine merino wool and silk scarves by Jennifer Robertson who is in the current group house artist exhibition until 24 March (as is Sharon Peoples). The gallery (relocated from Tanjy) is now located at 5/3 Wapengo Street, Bermagui, New South Wales 2546. Open:  Wednesday to Saturday  10 – 1 and  2 – 5  (we take lunch 1-2). – Karen O’Clery, director.

     KAREN TORRISI in Sydney: Whether you want to bead garments, costumes, evening wear, interiors or just learn and make something beautiful, come and spend a day learning the French Tambour Beading Technique. Dates: 10 March; 11 March; 15 April. For Sydney Bookings Email:  karentorrisibeading@gmail.com

      BAROMETER Gallery at 13 Gurner Street, Paddington Sydney: now until 29th March: Going, gone  Photographs by Catherine Rogers. Tasmania’s old growth forests of the Styx Valley and Upper Florentine marked for logging (2003-2008). Some ten years later these magnificent and complex ancient forests have been laid waste, this vital landscape destroyed. 9 April – 23 April Fragments, tears and lace Sharon Peoples. This is an exhibition of lace-like textiles that explores aspects of the construction, meanings and uses of lace. The lace handkerchief was crafted primarily for its aesthetic qualities and its social references. It was largely impractical, but the lace handkerchief developed into a practical, woven textile which also signified the development of manners in a rapidly changing world. www.barometer.net.au phone +61 (0)2 93584968, 13 Gurner Street Paddington NSW 2021 AUSTRALIA. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.

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 now until 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/

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 annual Dorrigo Easter Art Show being held 29th March – 8th April has as its theme “The Fabric of Life”, encouraging local artists to enter their textile art. Entry is restricted to residents of the Dorrigo Plateau. In conjunction with the show, there will be exhibitions of textile art from other areas in the main street shop fronts. Anyone (from anywhere) who may be interested in presenting their textile art for inclusion in this shop front exhibition would be welcome and should contact the Convenor Liz Hutchison on 0417906993 no later than 23rd March. Wall hung pieces and 3D items can be included.  For those not familiar with the Dorrigo region, the town lies midway between Coffs Harbour and Armidale on the beautiful Waterfall Way. Opening hours will be 10am-5pm (more for some shop). Many exhibited items will be for sale.

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

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

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/

     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.

     At the Australian Design Centre until 24th March: 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. Where: ADC 113 -115 William St, Darlinghurst.

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. Where: ADC 113 -115 William St, Darlinghurst.

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.

The dates of the Sturt Winter School have been announced: 9-13 July, 2018. Accommodation packages available. Sixteen adult courses being offered plus daily children’s courses. Some of the options include: Saori Weaving with Kaz Madigan; Wild Knitting with Loani Prior; Contemporary Embroidery with Carolyn Sullivan; Textile printing for texture with Angharad Rixon and Basketry in Sculpture with Brooke Munro. Online registration will be available in early March. www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/winter-school

The Lismore Group of The Embroiderers Guild NSW is staging the exhibition, Pearl, Perle, Purl: Celebrating 30 years of stitch at Lismore Regional Gallery. The exhibition runs 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 until 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.

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:  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 which continues 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.

Timeless Textiles Exhibition Program coming up: Barbara Schey (18 April – 6 May); Brooching the Subject #2 (8 May-13 May 2018); Incubating Fibre (Creator Incubator) 16 May – 10 June; Freud’s Couch: Brett Alexander (14 June- 8 July);  Subterrain: Australian feltmakers with Charlotte Scmeish  (11 July – 4 August); Evolia: Sophie Munns (8 August – 2 September); Place: Stitched Masterpieces: Cathy Jack Coupland (5 Sept – 7 Oct); Crossing Borders Jette Clover (10 Oct – 4 November); Jo Hamilton (13 Nov- 24 Nov); Pam Hovel (28 Nov – 22 Dec).

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

STITCHED UP IN SYDNEY: Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery will team up with The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc to present a new exhibition in Sydney in March. The Stitched Up in Sydney exhibition showcases the work of 19 contemporary textile artists in response to the history of the Newcastle Industrial School and Reformatory for Girls. It brings to life the tragic stories of 193 girls sent to the school between 1867 and 1871, an era of poverty, hardship and discrimination. Girls under 16 were sent to the school when they were destitute, homeless, in the care of criminals or had been arrested for a crime. In a mandatory 12-month stay, they were taught basic literacy, along with stitching, and set to sewing clothing and household items as a cost recovery exercise. Timeless Textiles Anne Kempton and Wilma Simmons co-curated the Stitched-Up exhibition in partnership with Newcastle’s Lock Up Contemporary Art Space last year. The contributing textile artists used materials reflecting the cloth and colours that would have been used by the girls to make functional items during their time at the school. Some of these items would have been used, reused and recreated. They would have been held, sometimes for long periods of time, in both the girls’ and the artists’ hands during the making process.
Thirty women from Timeless Textiles Gallery’s Wednesday Makers group stitched embroidered narratives of the girls’ lives in a nine-month long project. They created seven volumes of cloth books, each page dedicated to one of the girls or a family of sisters. The stitchers used local historian Jane Ison’s research to inspire their interpretations. Stitched Up in Sydney offers an opportunity to experience this fascinating part of Newcastle’s history. Alongside locally based artists, internationally renowned fibre artists from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark and nationally across Australia contributed to the exhibition. It presents an extraordinary array of artistic works individually and collectively portraying stories of loss, betrayal, cruelty and endurance. Stitched Up in Sydney will be officially opened by Wendy Schmid, President of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday 27 March at 76 Queen St Gallery Concord West. The exhibition continues until 27th May.

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)

Some workshops coming up at Go Create: Jette Clover: Textiles, Paper and Text. 12th and 13th April 2018.


In this workshop we will work with both paper and fabric and the integration of these two materials. Through a variety of exercises we will explore visual and physical layering and experiment with different collage techniques. The handling of materials – the cutting, tearing, overlapping and arranging bits and pieces into a whole – reinforces the importance of the process. And this spontaneous hands-on way of working helps developing an intuitive feeling for composition. We will use text as a visual means of communication and work with non-traditional ‘tools’ for writing and mark making.

Seraphina Martin: Solar Etching – 21st and 22nd April 2018. (http://www.gocreatenewengland.com/product/seraphina-martin-etching-21-22-april/)

Solar plate etching is a quick, simple and safe alternative to traditional etching. Rather than acids, all that is needed is the UV rays of the sun to etch a plate. Your image is applied onto transparent film, then exposed to the sun for 2.30 min.  A built in photo sensitive emulsion hardens the image in the sun. The plate is then washed in water revealing your image ready for printing on the etching press. Emphasis will be on creating images using elements from the natural world. Existing illustrations from nature on clear film will be used with natural elements such as leaves, flowers, feathers, lace. Many applications of colour rolled onto the plate will result in a stunning portfolio of prints.

JAN CLARK: COLOUR MY TEXTILE WORLD 12-13 MAY 2018  (http://www.gocreatenewengland.com/product/jan-clark-colour-textile-world-12-13-may/)

MIRELLA VASSALLO: ENCAUSTICS 19-20TH MAY 2018 (http://www.gocreatenewengland.com/product/mirella-vassallo-encaustics-19-20th-may-2018/)

JAN CLARK: DRAWN FROM NATURE 31 MAY – 28 JUNE 2018 (http://www.gocreatenewengland.com/product/jan-clark-drawn-nature-31-may-28-june/)