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     ALICE SPRINGS BEANIE FESTIVAL 2019: June 28th – July 1st, 2019. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a community- based event that began in 1997 with a ‘beanie party’, organised by Adi Dunlop. In the early years, the festival was run by a group of friends including Pamela Bladon, Merran Hughes and Jo Nixon on a volunteer basis. The core group has slowly grown into a committed band of beanie-ologists. We know our beanies! The festival was organised to sell beanies crocheted by Aboriginal women in remote communities. It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival is unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and our unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival’s aims have always been to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote womens’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts. Details on entering the competition (many categories) and/or selling beanies of being a volunteer plus much more from https://beaniefest.org/

    Araluen Art Centre during the Alice Springs Beanie Festival: A HEAD FULL OF TUNES. Opening Friday 28 June at 6pm – the exhibition lasts until 14th July. From Mozart to magpies, musos to mandolins, mantras to MP3s, (melody) makers across the country and across the globe will transpose and transform the sounds in their heads and the music in their hearts into a polyphonic symphony of knit, felt and crochet.

     The ALICE SPRINGS QUILTING CLUB presents their 2019 exhibition at the Araluen Centre – a fusion of classic and contemporary approaches to quilt-making. Opening Friday 19 July, 6.00pm. Dates of the exhibition: 20 July – 27 July.

     Araluen Arts Centre and Desart present DESERT MOB 2019. The official opening is Thursday 5 September, 5.30pm. The exhibition continues until 20 October. Symposium: Friday 6 September, 10.00am. MarketPlace Saturday 7 September, 10.00am.

Aboriginal Bush Traders (74 The Esplanade, Darwin) and BUSH BLING: Bush Bling brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jewellers from remote islands to major cities, united under the roof of Aboriginal Bush Traders in a celebration of craftsmanship, skill and diversity. Continuing millennia of adornment of hands, necks, ears and bodies in traditional cultures this exhibition has invited artists who are breaking ground in their contemporary practice to show their work in an insightful context. The artists constantly draw on their knowledge of the land, totem animals and dreaming stories as they weave tradition together with resin, reclaimed materials, precious metals and acrylic paint producing contemporary highly designed pieces that sing of the strength and pride of cultural leaders grounded in their artistic practice. For seven weeks Aboriginal Bush Traders will dazzle visitors with glittering gems and exquisite workmanship and the opportunity to purchase highly coveted items and participate in hands on craft experiences.OPENING: 6pm Fri 15 Mar 2019. EXHIBITION: Friday 15 March 2019 to Friday 3 May 2019. https://aboriginal-bush-traders.myshopify.com/pages/bush-bling

     CURTIN SPRINGS  is a very special place, located 100km east of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and 360km from Alice Springs. Ask about their 3-day (residential) Papermaking Workshops during 2019 (commencing in March). This is an ‘opportunity to be involved in paper making at every stage: cutting grass, preparing pulp, all aspects of the actual making of paper, and then how to use your paper to express your own art or to explore YOUR interpretation of our amazing landscape…. Nature is literally transformed in this remote and special part of Central Australia, where native grasses are harvested, pulped and pressed to create a distinctive and beautiful souvenir of Central Australia… The three night stay workshop is fully inclusive of 3 nights (twin share) accommodation in an ensuite room, 2 course dinner each night and a cooked breakfast each morning, privileged access to private land including a visit to the Salt Lakes and Mt Conner, all workshop materials, a paper pack and workshops by our experienced paper makers and our permanent artist-in-residence. The full information pack is available from https://www.curtinsprings.com/curtin-springs-paper/  The contact is Amee Porter P +61 8 8956 2906   I   F +61 8 8956 2934  E enquiries@curtinsprings.com