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     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 November of 2017 – and also in 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         January to March 2018

2         April to June 2018

3         July to September 2018

4         October to December 2018

5         January to March 2019


   TACTILE ARTS, based in Darwin will stage another of their popular Craft Fairs Saturday, 25th November – Christmas Craft Fair which will be located this year in the Darwin Convention Centre and the date has been changed to Sunday, 19th November; open from 9am-5pm for one day only.   www.tactilearts.org.au

Until November19th Tactile Arts & Darwin Waterfront are partnering up for TROPICAL TAKEOVER,  a brand new event like never before. Imagine art on a grand scale, Suspended Sculptures, Paintings, Illustrations, Yarn Bombing, where shopfronts form the canvas, and walkways make the gallery.  Encompassing Ten Waterfront locations from Hot Tamale to Adina Hotel, The Precinct lawns and Stokes Hill Wharf; pick up a guide book from around Darwin Waterfront or download one here and follow one giant arts trail, providing entertainment, exposure and creative adventures, all in place until 10th November. The guidebook can be found here: https://tactilearts.org.au/pages/tropical-takeover?mc_cid=c17238a0eb&mc_eid=071f913f57

Central Craft encourages members and non – members to be part of their Wrapt in Christmas Market 2017 to be held at Araluen Cultural Precinct on 18th November. The Wrapt in Christmas Market is a unique market dedicated to handmade local art, craft & design. Stalls will be placed inside and outside the Central Craft Studio.

The Wrapt in Christmas Craft Market has attracted hundreds of visitor in the last year and in previous years, as it is well known for its well-crafted and handcrafted products and creations. Items for sale are locally made and have a strong craft, art or design focus. Phone: 8952 4417. www.centralcraft.org.au

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. For more information go to: www.beaniefest.org

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.