NT – News & Events

     Sewing up a Storm in the Desert is a TEXTILE ART RETREAT being offered by Caroline Sharkey from 4-6 August 2018 in the inspiring environment of the Red Centre. The Desert Threads Art Prize with the theme, ‘Desert Dreaming’ will be launched at the retreat. Visit www.textileartworkshopsonline.com or email csharkey@westnet.com.au

2018 BEANIE FESTIVAL dates (Alice Springs): 29 June to 2 July, 2018 (the exhibition of beanies continues at Araluen Art Centre until 15 July). This year’s theme is reach for the stars. There are also awards for felting, embellishment, knitting/crochet, kids, and even the best tea cosy that reaches for the starts! Friday night (June 28th) celebrations feature the launch of the Beanie Festival exhibition, the announcement of exhibition winners, live music, parade, performance and food as thousands make the necessary computations and calibrations, setting the controls for the heart and descending on the Araluen Cultural Precinct. Over the course of the weekend, join us at Beanie Central, where thousands of beanies shine like a galaxy visible to the naked eye. Try and buy beanies, join a workshop, learn a creative skill and become part of the incredible Alice Springs Beanie Festival crosscultural community. For the full schedule of activities and Beanie Central opening times, visit www.beaniefest.org Araluen Arts Centre Galleries; open daily 10am – 4pm. 61 Larapinta Drive Alice Springs NT 0870. w. araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au

    There is a Beanie Festival Exhibition at June Marriot Gallery, Central Craft. Beanie Festival workshops are now on line and booking fast http://centralcraft.org.au/featured-workshops – This year, Central CRAFT brings you an extensive array of workshops around the Beanie Festival – the workshops start on Saturday 24th June with an all day workshop until Thursday; then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the usual 2 and 3 hour workshops are on – and then back to full day workshops from Monday to Wednesday. From beginners to skilled. Also featured: Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshops and Tangyentyere Artists workshops. See the website: http://centralcraft.org.au/featured-workshops Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct,61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs NT 0870. Ph: 89524417 Email: directors@centralcraft.org.au Web: www.centralcraft.org.au    

      SUSTAINABLE COUTURE: In 2018, Sustainable Couture’s 10th year, there will be an expanded program of activities, called Sustainable Couture Plus. The Opening Night Parade, The Great Fashion Heist takes place on Thursday 28th June at the Central Australian Aviation Museum, Memorial Drive, Alice Springs. Original recycled fashion designs are then on sale Friday 29 June 2018 – Sunday 8 July 2018 10am-2pm weekdays and weekends at The Residency, Hartley Street, Alice Springs (near the Post Office) Art and design objects created from recyclable materials. An exhibition of recycled art and design called Lost and Found will be at The Residency from 6 June to 4 July 2018 (10am-2pm weekdays; 10am-2pm on Sunday10 & 17 June & 1 July). A special event, Sharing the stories of handcrafted treasures will take place at The Residency on Sunday 1st July from 12.30pm. The Residency, Hartley Street, Alice Springs: www.sustainable-couture.com/

     CURTIN SPRINGS  is a very special place, located 100km east of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and 360km from Alice Springs. You can enjoy one of their 3-day (residential) Papermaking Workshops during 2018 (Feb/March; August and October) and even into 2019 (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 Here are more details:

·         Curtin Springs Paper uses the gifts of mother nature to create a beautiful and authentic product.

·         Very little paper in Australia is based purely on grasses or botanicals.

·         Our wide range of native grasses provide a very individual and authentic opportunity for experienced paper makers. For those new to the art, using materials that were the basis of the first papers is a very humbling and rewarding experience.

·         The workshops are designed to allow participants to not only get hands on with making their own paper, but to spend some time on the station, seeing where the grasses come from, how they fit into the landscape and how they differ.

·         You are then able to use your paper to express your own art or to explore the frustrated artist in you!

·          The itineraries include a 4wd visit to the salt lakes and to Mt Conner – allowing you to gain inspiration from the landscape.  There is only one Mt Conner – which stands as a true monolith in the landscape. Mt Conner is 3 times larger around the base than Ayers Rock, it is the headstone for the Severin family.

·         The exclusive access means that you enjoy stepping into this amazing landscape, without having to share it with others. You can see how beef production is intrinsically linked to protecting our million acre wildlife corridor.

     Curtin Springs Paper are very excited to launch our – Artist in Residence program. Applications are now open for our 2018 residencies. If you would like to join us, please apply using the information pack.

The purpose of the Curtin Springs Artist in Residence Program is to encourage and foster the collaboration, experimentation, use and purpose of Curtin Springs handmade paper across various art forms.

The goals of the Curtin Springs Artist in Residence Program are to:

•         Provide four artist in residence opportunities to artists and craft persons per year.

•         Support the creation of new work inspired by our amazing Central Australian landscape and potentially incorporating Curtin Springs Paper in different art forms.

•         Encourage participation and promotion of hand paper making.

•         Provide skill transfer between our resident papermakers and artists living in a remote environment with other artists in different art forms.

•         Promote art in all its forms to the travellers passing through Central Australia.

•         Create awareness and understanding of the environment, remote living, balancing production with protection of environmental assets and the relationships between
the flora, fauna and people in this remote landscape.

•         To share the wonders of our home.

Important Dates:

Four residencies are available in each calendar year. One in each quarter. The exact dates and length of the residency (between 10 and 28 days) will be negotiated between the successful artist and Curtin Springs Paper but must be undertaken during the specified months.

There are 5 residencies you can enquire about:

1         July to September 2018

2         July to September 2018

3         October to December 2018

4         January to March 2019