NT – News & Events

TACTILE ARTS, based in Darwin will stage another of their popular Craft Fairs on Sunday 9th July – Dragonfly Craft Fair and then on Saturday, 25th November – Christmas Craft Fair. Tactile Arts is located at Bullocky Point, 19 Conacher Street, Fannie Bay (Darwin). www.tactilearts.org.au

 CENTRAL CRAFT offers Introduction to Handloom Weaving with ILKA WHITE. No prior experience required. Learn to weave your own fabric from scratch. This comprehensive introductory course guides you in the use of a 4 shaft table loom to weave your own cloth. Enjoy the satisfaction of taking yarn right through to finished fabric. We follow the process from choosing yarns and winding a warp to dressing the loom, weaving a series of simple structures, interpreting drafts and employing decorative finishing techniques. You will start by weaving a small sample, then plan and produce a simple article of your own design, (e.g. a scarf, bag, cushion, cloth length or table runner). Sample yarn is provided, along with a full set of notes and use of your own loom for the duration of the course. It’s pretty lovely!  Cost: $275 members $295 non members. Includes hire of all tools and provision of yarn for the initial sample. Participants source and supply the yarn for their own project. Dates: This short course commences with a ‘Set-up Sunday’ on June 4th, (10am-4pm), followed by 6 Wednesday evenings (6 – 9pm): June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5, & 12. Email: directors@centralcraft.org.au Web: www.centralcraft.org.au

CENTRAL CRAFT (Alice Springs NT) offers Introduction to Handloom Weaving with ILKA WHITE. Dates: This short course commences with a ‘Set-up Sunday’ on June 4th, (10am-4pm), followed by 6 Wednesday evenings (6 – 9pm): June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5, & 12. No prior experience required. Learn to weave your own fabric from scratch. This comprehensive introductory course guides you in the use of a 4 shaft table loom to weave your own cloth. Enjoy the satisfaction of taking yarn right through to finished fabric. We follow the process from choosing yarns and winding a warp to dressing the loom, weaving a series of simple structures, interpreting drafts and employing decorative finishing techniques. You will start by weaving a small sample, then plan and produce a simple article of your own design, (e.g. a scarf, bag, cushion, cloth length or table runner). Sample yarn is provided, along with a full set of notes and use of your own loom for the duration of the course. It’s pretty lovely! Cost: $275 members $295 non-members. Includes hire of all tools and provision of yarn for the initial sample. Participants source and supply the yarn for their own project. Email: directors@centralcraft.org.au Web: www.centralcraft.org.au

ALICE SPRINGS BEANIE FESTIVAL 2017: the dates are 23-26 June, 2017 and the theme is Weaving the Magic. Entries are now open. For all prize categories see http://beaniefest.org/index.php/site-map/articles/142-2016-comp

SUSTAINABLE COUTURE 2017 “Refashion – with Our Mamma’s Passion”.  Thursday 22nd June 2017 at Central Australian Aviation Museum, Memorial Drive Alice Springs. Time: 6:30pm. Entry Fee: $15/person. Tickets: Available from Central Craft, Red Kangaroo book shop – Todd Mall OR https://www.trybooking.com/PTSS Food & Drink stalls: available before and after the fashion parade. Designer Sales: Follows fashion parade in front of Aviation museum. Unique one-off clothing, homewares &  accessories will be for sale – designers will accompany their stalls. Eftpos: facilities will be available. Pop-Up Shop opens from Friday June 23 until July 2. Where: The Residency, Corner Parsons & Hartley St (near new courthouse). Opening Hours: Week days 10:00am – 4:00pm. Weekends 10:00am – 2:00pm. About Sustainable Couture: this is a network of textile artists and designers who work collaboratively in Alice Springs, committed to the principles of sustainability – and taking action to reduce textile and clothing waste, reuse and recycle fabrics and clothing to create distinctive garments, accessories and homewares. It is an innovative approach to recycling – diverting clothing out of landfill and into recycling. It aims to shift perceptions of textiles, clothing and related materials as recyclable, by creating unique items which add value and give textiles a new life, and communicate to the community the importance of working at a local level to sustain our environment. Established in 2009, Sustainable Couture is now recognised as a creative event of high standing on the Alice Springs community calendar, attracting an audience of 400 people in June 2016 for the Opening Parade. It has developed from its inaugural event which was held in the studio at Central Craft, to its current location at the Central Australian Aviation Museum within the Araluen Cultural Precinct. There are currently nine Alice Springs members of the Sustainable Couture network, with three interstate designers participating in 2017. The plan is to develop the Network through regional and remote Australia, and to involve young people in the Network, mentoring them to develop their skills.

The Australia Wide 5 exhibition from OzQuilt Network is touring to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in Katherine NT from 31 January – 3 March 2018.This is a juried touring exhibition of OZQN members’ works with each being 40 x 40cm.

TJULPU THIPE! Exhibition is on until 21st June. Sculptural works by visual art students of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education from the Alice Springs Correctional Centre. To be officially opened by Dr Melodie Bat, Director of Alliance Management Division Batchelor Institute. The Araluen Arts Centre is excited to announce Tjulpu Thipe!, the first standalone exhibition of sculptural works to be held at Araluen by Batchelor Institute visual arts students from the Alice Springs Correctional Centre. Famous, as the Greenbush Art Group, for their work in the annual Desert Mob exhibition, Tjulpu Thipe! brings the artists quirky, flamboyant and bizarre bird sculptures, full of character and humourous observation, to the Araluen Galleries.

 aRt of surPrise: Aboriginal art from Central Australia. This exhibition, on from 1-21 October and drawn from the Araluen Collection, explores the development of Aboriginal art in Central Australia. It highlights fundamental themes and key moments that have informed and shaped Aboriginal artists across Central Australia and ultimately the evolution of Aboriginal art. It also highlights the endless capacity of artists and their ability to produce art that not only intrigues and inspires but also demonstrates the flourishing and constantly evolving Aboriginal art movement. The works are exciting, thought-provoking and highlight its endless evolution and intrigue which has lead to one of the most significant art movements this country has seen. The Araluen Arts Centre is located at 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs. Open daily from 101m-4pm.