NSW News & Events

NAREK Galleries, Bermagui: until 10th November the exhibition at NAREK Galleries is BIRD PORTRAITS by Sharon Peoples. This is an exhibition of embroidered images of birds, flowers and portraits. In many cultures birds are the messengers between earth and sky, between humans and a spiritual realm. This is the context in which birds began to appear in Peoples’ work – as a signifier for inner life. Earlier work used birds that were black: crows, currawongs and swans. An interaction with feeding a young magpie shifted her thinking to the personalities of birds. This was reinforced by the poetry of Farid ud Din Attar, a Persian Sufi poet of the 12th Century. His allegorical narrative, Conference of the Birds, tells of gathering a group of birds together for a pilgrimage. Through her own journey of bird watching and painting, Peoples found colour began to appear in the work as her repertoire of birds expanded, along with the fruit and the flowers that attracted them. 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

Untethered fibre artists present their fourth annual exhibition for FOTA, this year with the theme of _un:Seen_. 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. A ‘making of’ slide show offers a glimpse into the artists’ studios. When: 10am-4pm daily, 13-25 November Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby. Information: untetheredfibreartists.com

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.

   Unbroken Lines of Resilience: Feathers, Fibre, Shells is at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour until 30th November. The free exhibition brings together some of Australia’s most renowned First Nations female artists. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme celebrated the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to their community, families, and our nation. In this free exhibition, visitors can see the work of leading female practitioners in their fields of weaving and shell stringing. The innovative works highlight the unbroken practices of First Nations women who have carried their knowledge through the generations for at least 65,000 years.  The exhibition includes intricate body wear, which has been skilfully crafted by harvesting and processing organic and contemporary feathers, fibres and shells. It also features domestic fishing implements made from organic material. Artists featured in the exhibition include Lena Yarinkura, Dulcie Greeno, Maryann Sebasio, Muriel Maynard, Ais Bero, Lola Greeno, Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr and Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny.  https://www.timeout.com/sydney/things-to-do/unbroken-lines-of-resilience-feathers-fibre-shells

Workshop coming up with PAM DE GROOT: Bags of Personality. This is a 3-day workshop taking place from 23-25 November; 9:30-4pm daily at Killarney Guide Hall. Cost of $210 per person. Bookings essential: glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au  http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/glenaeon-studios www.pamdegroot.com

The Wollondilly Heritage Centre and Museum Presents A COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE OF WORLD WAR 1 which includes a presentation from Picton Theatre Company; a performance by Picton Harmony of songs written in WWI and THE FABRIC OF WAR: A display of textile art from Macarthur Textile Network and friends, which tell their own and other stories from WW1 in fabric, paper and paint. This is a free event at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre & Museum, 43 Edward Street, The Oaks at 2pm on 11th November 2018, followed by refreshments. Further information from Doreen Lyon: dlyon1@bigpond.com – Or 46810472 or www.wollondillymuseum.org.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. https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/ The exhibition is at 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

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/

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.

     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. 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 is being held at ADC’s William Street gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney until 14th November. The shortlisted artists are: Anne Foy / Barbara Rogers / Blake Griffiths / Brenda Livermore / Bridget Kennedy / Carole Douglas / Christina Newberry / Christine Wiltshier / Daniel Kim / Denise Lithgow / Ellie Beck / Gillian Bencke / Guy Dempster / Jane Bodnaruk / Jane Theau / Joy Ivill / Kelcie Bryant-Duguid / Marianne Bohdan / Melinda Young / Nicole Robins / Paula do Prado / Regi Cherini / Tracy Dickason / Tulla Carson / Sairi Yoshizawa 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. Details from seedstich.com.au

Until 14th November, at Australian Design Centre (see information above) the touring exhibition In these Hands ‘Mara nyanganka’ – 70th anniversary exhibition of Ernabella Arts curated by Sturt Craft Centre.

Also at ADC (see above) until 14th November: Fish Out of Water , an exhibition of the textile object work of NSW artist Dorothy Filshie. Dorothy uses hessian, calico, duck and artists’ canvas plastered with old-fashioned gesso made from rabbit skin glue and whiting powder to create her sculptural fish. Fish Out of Water is displayed in Object Space, a window gallery that is available for viewing 24/7. Explore the Fish out of Water website

     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 from 22 November –  23 January 2019.

Workshops coming up at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney: Poke & Stitch: Tattooing Cloth with Emma Peters – There are similarities between the art of tattooing and embroidery – rhythm, pattern, colour and the act of creating a visual tribute to a loved one or a significant experience. Learn to design your own motifs that celebrate your memories and adorn or repair your fabrics. When: Saturday 3 November, 11-1.30pm.

Weave Your Love  – In this workshop textile artist Sky Carter will teach you traditional as well as innovative techniques to create a personal and meaningful woven work. Using your preloved materials, Sky will take you on a textural journey where you are shown how to weave items in a unique and beautiful way. When: Saturday 10 November, 1-3.30pm. https://australiandesigncentre.com/

     Handpicked Makers Marke:: Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Handpicked, a new art market to showcase Western Sydney and the Macarthur region’s diverse community of artists and makers on Saturday 24 November between 4 – 9pm. Handpicked invites everyone to experience a unique range of stalls featuring a bespoke offering of artwork, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woven pieces, leather goods, living sculptures and more. Handpicked provides an alternate Christmas shopping destination and is an afternoon out for the whole family to find a gift or self-gift that supports local artists and makers. A series of workshops for children and adults will be running throughout the afternoon including drawing, fashion and Japanese craft. For the foodies, a selection of stalls will be serving up dinner and dessert including local favourite Burger Frank, ever popular Gozleme and Pepitas homemade vegan, gluten free ice cream. Handpicked coincides with the 56th Fisher’s Ghost Art Award exhibition. The gallery will extend opening hours during the market until 9pm and all works within the exhibition are available to purchase.

     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

     The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. is pleased to announce The Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018. 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 is 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. 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.

  Moments Stitched In Time: Alison Holt – at Gallery 76 Upstairs, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney. Moments Stitched In Time marks the end of the Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch. From Sat 10th November, The Embroiderers Guild NSW Inc’s new Remembrance exhibition will be in the downstairs gallery space, including poppies made by guild members, WWI embroidered postcards as well as an installation by Sydney artist Michelle Belgiorno. Join us for a remembrance service on the 11th of November, 10:30 for an 10:45 start.

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: FLOW 10 November – 1 December. Barbara Rogers – Resist dyed textiles. Later in December at Barometer: 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. www.barometer.net.au phone +61 (0)2 93584968. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.  

     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). 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):   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/

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:   Exhibition Program: Jo Hamilton with Fabric of Spacetime (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

      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)