NSW News & Events

     ARTS MUSTER for the Blue Mountains: www.artsmuster.com.au | www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster | artsmuster@gmail.com | 0416 104 033. Sign up for the newsletter now to receive the program for April 2020 – workshops will be held Sat/Sun 18-19 April and Mon/Tues/Wed, 20-22 April. April’s Muster will again be held at Korowal School in the Blue Mountains. So far the April program includes workshops in print making, book binding, textile arts, mosaics, weaving and basketry, felting and whittling. Workshops range from one-day, two-day and three-day duration. It’s a great opportunity for students to invest in their leisure time by learning and developing new creative skills, meeting like-minded people, and finding a sense of achievement in beautiful, hand-made items. Interested students can discover the program at https://www.artsmuster.com.au and sign up to receive our newsletter. We are always keen to hear from tutors for upcoming events – we anticipate an April Muster in the Blue Mountains every year. Any potential tutors can register their interest via email, artsmuster@gmail.com NEWS… we have launched a new blog that is home to all our news, inspiration, links, and fantastic photography, please read it at https://www.artsmuster.com.au/blog ENTER NOWCompetition to win a one-day pass… three lucky entrants will win a voucher worth $130 to Arts Muster April 2020. Details on how to enter can be found on our website, at https://www.artsmuster.com.au/competition Anyone interested in finding out more, or offering their services or support, can contact Samantha Tannous on 0416 104 033 or visit https://www.artsmuster.com.au/  to sign up to the newsletter, follow at https://www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster/ or email artsmuster@gmail.com

On display in Australian Design Centre (ADC) Object Space Gallery to 18 March is the exhibition Sweet Spot by Julie Paterson. Sweet Spot is a collection of stencil symbols and the marks that they make. In this work Julie Paterson cross pollinates her multidimensional practice as a designer, painter and printmaker. Julie will spend a week (8-22 February) in the Centre stencil printing onto a length of fabric. The ADC is located at 101-115 Williams Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

International Women’s Day Exhibition: 9-22 March, Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street, Wollongong. Opening hours: Wed-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat/Sun 12-4pm. A total of 31 artists feature including Liz Jeneid, Diana Wood Conroy and Tori de Mestre.

     Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards: Calling all NSW. textile artists! The Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards return in 2020. This is an open call-out to contemporary artists based in New South Wales working with textiles in their practice. This is an Australian Design Centre/ Seed Stitch Collective partnership project and entries open in March 2020. To read about the 2018 event see: https://australiandesigncentre.com/seed-stitch-contemporary-textile-awards-2018/

Showcasing ambitious work from across the Pacific, Wansolwara: One Salt Water at UNSW Galleries celebrates work from over 20 artists, writers, performers and filmmakers connected by the water – now until 18 April 2020. Wansolwara means ‘one ocean, one people’ in the Solomon Islands pijin dialect. It reflects a connected waterscape which brings communities and culture together. The exhibition draws on connections of language, tradition and history in a series of workshop performances, exhibitions and events. It brings together creative artists to explore and celebrate bodies of work, tracing connections to the Pacific through language, tradition, dance and ceremony. Artist Ruha Fifita, born in Tonga and based in Brisbane, has two large-scale ngatu (painted bark cloth tapestries) in the exhibition. Working closely with her siblings and extended family, Ruha’s works signify stories of Pacific culture, ceremony and community life, while also honouring intergenerational learning. WansolwaraOne Salt Water is presented in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and in association with Sydney Festival 2020.  ʻO le ūa na fua mai Manuʻa is in the Oxford Gallery. OFO HAKE: Koe Ngatu Teuteu ‘o ‘Akesa mo ‘Isileli Fifita is in the  Nick Waterlow Gallery. Shivanjani Lal: Beta, ek story bathao is in the Courtyard Gallery. And the exhibition at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art continues until 29th March. https://artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/news/artists-connected-by-water-wansolwara-one-salt-water-opens-unsw-galleries-2

     Tree Conversations: networking with the wood wide web: Can trees talk? Are you listening? In Tree Conversations: networking with the wood wide web, Networks Australia share fresh insights into the world of trees. Providing audiences with thought provoking exhibitions since 2010, this group of artists from regional NSW and ACT present unique works in a diversity of mediums that will share secrets from the mysterious lives of our leafy companions. Throughout the exhibition the underlying message from the artists is a poetic call to action.  A plea to recognise the importance trees play in the ecosystem of our planet and to value their existence as being vital to our own. The exhibition will be at Wagga Gallery  (Civic Centre, Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streets). Dates – open from Saturday 8 February – Sunday 3 May 2020. Exhibition Tour + Catalogue Launch: Saturday 15 February, 3pm – 4pm, Autumn Exhibition Launch: Saturday 15 February, 6pm – 8pm.

     STURT WINTER SCHOOL has the dates of 6-10 July 2020. Textile related workshops include Cloth connections, improvisation in stitching & botanical dyeing with Ellie B;  Saori weaving with Kaz Madigan;  Basketry, traditional Maori weaving with Alice Spittle and Knitting, celebrating socks with Loani Prior.  Sturt Workshops are on the grounds of Frensham School in Mittagong NSW – For their latest fortnightly newsletter visit the Frensham website and follow the filter subjects to ‘Sturt News’: https://www.frensham.nsw.edu.au/community/news-events/news

     Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise – Now until 22 MARCH 2020 at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney. Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise is the first in-depth survey that captures the dynamic energy of Linda and Jenny’s creative partnership. It draws on more than four decades of one of the most influential pairings in the history of Australian fashion, examining the influences, inspirations and the compelling stories behind their work. Honoured as Officers in the Order of Australia for their contributions to Australia’s fashion industry, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson transformed the nation’s fashion and cultural heritage with their pioneering style inspired by Australia’s cultural and natural landscape, melded with their global influences. The exhibition begins with their creative partnership in the 1970s at the Flamingo Park Frock Salon at Sydney’s Strand arcade and the sensational Flamingo Follies fashion parades, branching into their distinctive individual careers through to recent years including Jenny’s costume designs for the Sydney Olympic Games and their collaborations with Australian designers Romance Was Born. Over 150 garments, textiles, photographs and artworks, many unseen, from the Museum’s own extensive collection are brought together with the designers’ personal archives. Highlight pieces on display include artwork from the pair and archival behind the scenes photographs, Jenny Kee’s black opal Chanel suit from Karl Lagerfeld’s first collection in 1983 and Linda Jackson’s iconic Waratah dress. Venue: Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007.

     Linear at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney. The exhibition runs from now until June 2020. This exhibition is an exploration of the significance of line and lineage within Indigenous narratives and practices. It brings together the unique, diverse and personal voices of 10 leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia, alongside artworks and objects from the collection. Led by the Powerhouse’s Head of Indigenous Engagement and Strategy, Marcus Hughes, and with design by the award-winning Jacob Nash, the exhibition explores themes of songline, lineage and cultural legacy through the stories, content and work from artists including Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Maree Clarke, Mikaela Jade, Nicole Monks, Mr Ngallametta Snr, Mr Ngallametta Jnr, Glenda Nicholls, Wayne Quilliam, Lucy Simpson, Bernard Singleton, Lynette Wallworth, and Vicki West. Ngarinyin Elder David Mowaljarlai’s visual map of lines that tie this country together, culturally, spiritually and physically, is at the core of this exhibition. These lines hold meaning beyond a mark on a map; they describe everything — Land, People and Story. Whilst many of the stories in the exhibition might appear to be discrete, they are multi-dimensional and deeply interconnected. Even though they seem to travel to the right, to the left or straight ahead the narrative lines are always crossed. https://maas.museum/event/linear/

Textile related exhibitions coming  up at Braemar Gallery, Springwood NSW (lower Blue Mountains) now until Feb 16 in Room 2: Embroiderers Guild  of NSW Inc, Blue Mountains Group: Through the Eye of a Needle. Mar 19 – Apr 12, Room 3: Kaylee Brooks, Raw. Apr 16 – May 10 in Room 2: Martin Roberts Landscape from the Anthropocene. May 14 – June 7: Rooms 1 & 2: Racheldaisy Dodd, Into the Fold. Braemar House and Gallery (104 Macquarie Road, Springwood) is open Thursday – Sunday | 10am – 4pm. Admission free. Contact Braemar Gallery via braemargallery@gmail.com. Enquiries can also be made to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on 02 4780 5410.

     BLAK Markets: last Sunday of each month at Bare Island, La Perouse Sydney: 9:30am-3pm. The Blak Markets showcase authentic and unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts, with all of the profits going back into Aboriginal communities. They are also a great way of purchasing the products and viewing the performances of one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

      On at Gallery 76 (Embroiderers’ Guild NSW), 76 Queen Street, Concord West:  DUALITY, a solo exhibition by Crossing Threads: 1-29 February – to be shown at Gallery 76 (Embroiderers’ Guild NSW), 76 Queen Street, Concord West. “This February we have the INCREDIBLE Lauren and Kass Hernandez (Crossing Threads) exhibiting at Gallery76.  Crossing Threads has featured on The Design Files, SBS Australia, ModernMet, In Her Studio and magazines such as Inside Out and Home Beautiful. The sisters have also recently collaborated with Wrangler Australia. This is an exhibition not to be missed – their incredible textured tapestries will complement any space!” They are also going to be hosting:  1) A pop-up and panel discussion with Ant Hill fabrics (a filipino collective, which promotes handmade, sustainable fabrics, made in communities) on February 8th; 2) A series of afternoon talks on how to make your art practice more professional on Saturdays –  15 / 22 / 29 Feb. These are aimed at young or emerging artists and will give valuable and practical insights on how you can take your art practice to the next level. The event description on the website is as below: Hobby to side-hustle, Crossing Threads has evolved to a commercially viable business that services interior design firms and both domestic and international clientele. Featured in The Design Files, SBS Australia, ModernMet, In Her Studio and magazines such as Inside Out and Home Beautiful, the sisters have also recently collaborated with Wrangler Australia. Join us for three afternoon talks and learn how you can elevate your art or creative practice to the next level:
1) The Power of Social Media & Storytelling
2) Lessons Learned Starting a Creative Business
3) Beyond the Studio: The Business Behind Being a Creative

The sisters candidly share their experience of working together and how they came to define their version of ‘success’. (https://crossingthreads.co/duality) The talks and panel are promising to be very exciting events and we would love for as many people as possible to attend. Find out more here: https://www.embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/events/duality-exhibition-starts-sat-1-feb

FESTIVAL OF LACE: 6 June – 12 July 2020. Embroiderers’ Guild NSW 76 Queen Street, Concord West. There will be an exhibition opening on 6th June at 4pm; and a Conference on 20/21 June:  Sat 20th June: Lace Looking Forward; Sun 21st June: Lace Looking Back.  As well there will be workshops and taster classes. https://www.trybooking.com/BGWIF


     Macarthur Textile Network presents Looking Back, Looking Forward, their biennial exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre, from Saturday 20 June – Sunday 9 August 2020.  Looking Back, Looking Forward invites Network members to consider how the past influences and informs their future work. The reason for this theme is that Macarthur Textile Network celebrates their10th Anniversary since Camden Council held their first Exhibition, and it’s also Campbelltown’s Bicentenary in 2020. The Exhibition will be in Partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre for 7 weeks, and will be in the main gallery. In addition to the exhibition you can enjoy a coffee in the Arts Centre Café and a stroll in the Japanese Gardens. Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown NSW 2560. Open daily, 10am – 4pm. Enquiries: macarthurtextilenetwork@gmail.com

The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering was created in a partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corporation from Cardwell in far north Queensland and the South Australian Museum, and is toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by 19 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum (SAM) collection gathered from the Girringun region. Almost half the works in the show are basket forms made either from naturally sourced fibres from the rainforest, or created using found discarded materials like metal fencing wire. It has beautiful examples of both contemporary and traditional basket forms represented. Dates and venues for NSW: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW: 16 October – 29 November 2020. http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

     Sculpture Otherwise will be on show from 9 April – 10 May at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, KatoombaSculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2020. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and international artists from the 2020 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. A collaborative textile installation created by Katoomba High School students will be on display alongside the exhibition and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Braemar Gallery will feature a number of public artworks as part of Sculpture at Scenic World’s Twist & Shout sculpture trail.

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 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/

     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   www.artsandcraftsnsw.com.au

To find out about workshops at the Studio of Liz Jeneid (29-33 Stones Road, Mt Kembla NSW): Details from  Phone (02) 4271.2460 or 0408.421.664. Email ejeneid@ozemail.com.au Web: www.lizjeneid.net Several workshops are in place for the first half of 2020 and include tutors like Liz Jeneid herself, also Seraphina Martin, Gabriella Hegyes and Anita Larkin.

WOLLONGONG ART GALLERY: Anita Larkin will stage a major solo exhibition from 23 May – 30 August 2020. The Official opening is 29 May 2020. The exhibition title is COME TO ME WITHOUT A WORD: Abandoned and collected objects are combined with felt, beeswax, honey and lead in Larkin’s artworks offering themselves up as an intimate poetry of love, longing and loss. Chairs, ladders, crutches, hot-water bottles, violins and beds can be seen to stretch, slump, climb, smell of cloves, envelop themselves in the warmth of felt or emit the sound of bees.

PLACE is a travelling exhibition of artists’ books curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula.  It will be in Armidale at NERAM (106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale) from 21 August – 11 October 2020. For more information about the exhibition or to see a gallery of the books, consult this website: https://alphabetcitypress.com/place/ Curators Avril Makula and Liz Jeneid are both involved in the making of books. Avril is a book designer and maker of unique books who explores the book as art using typography, geometry and colour as content. Liz is a printmaker who has experimented with different approaches, combining various techniques in the bookmaking process. Liz also pioneered a bookmaking course at UOW Faculty of Creative Arts.

At Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter Street Newcastle East: Textile artist Nicola Henley evokes the beauty and wildness of her Irish home in the Wild Atlantic Coast Exhibition, running from 12th February to 8th March. Working from field sketches, photos and memory, Henley develops a range of images in the studio. These are then transferred onto silk screens using a photographic stencil process, then printed multiple times onto dyed calico. Using brushes, the artist then works textile pigments into the surface, building up colour and texture before the piece is washed, then overprinted and painted again. Her intricate works are then embroidered, using both hand and machine stitching, often applying a range of printed and hand-made Japanese papers. This accomplished artist brings an energetic new show for her return exhibition at Timeless Textiles. Portraying the natural sculpting of wind and water on Ireland’s west coastline, she conjures the majesty of that environment in her new works.

     The next Brooching the Subject” Exhibition/Competition will be held at Timeless Textiles Gallery from 4-10 May 2020. You can enter to exhibit and sell your work by 26 February.  See the website: https://timelesstextiles.com.au/brooching2020/

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

     FEARLESS FLOWERS. Timeless Textiles’ International Women’s Day project theme for 2019-2020 has been announced and will raise funds for research into Ovarian Cancer. You are invited to make flowers out of any fibre/textiles …and as many as you like. All are gratefully received. The flowers will bloom amongst the Norfolk pines outside the gallery in Newcastle, next International Women’s Day (4pm 8 March 2020). For more about Timeless Textiles click here. Come and join into free workshops @ Timeless Textiles Gallery with The Wednesday Maker’s group (Wednesday 10.30-12.30pm) until March 2 2020. Follow ‘Fearless Flowers’ on Facebook.

     Ozquilt Network Inc announces that Art Quilt Australia 2021 will be held at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in Nowra NSW in June-July 2021. This is a juried exhibition.

      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 Royal Botanic Gardens Exhibition (now to be in The Calyx, a new exhibition space at the RBG) is INTERLUDE (think breathing space, cessation, discontinuance, stop, lull, a pause between acts of play).  The venue is The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the dates are 1-12 June, 2020. Entry is open to all ATASDA members.  The show continues a long tradition of showing at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. It allows ATASDA members the opportunity to create new and original art works and to showcase them to local, national and international visitors. Members are challenged to meet high expectations which reflect ATASDA’s approach to exhibitions. Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival serendipitously coincides with the exhibition this year and will attract many visitors to the exhibition.

      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)