QLD News & Events

     JUMAADI: HOUSE OF SHADOWMain Gallery and Small Object Space, Artisan (45 King Street. Bowen Hills) from now until February 8, 2020.  Jumaadi: House Of Shadow is a captivating new solo exhibition at artisan by the internationally-recognised Indonesian Australian contemporary artist Jumaadi. On show from 16 November 2019 to February 2020, the installation, sculptural and painted works in the exhibition are an intimate reflection into Jumaadi’s most recent works, over the last five years of creative practice. A rising star on the international art scene, Jumaadi is known for his vivid, playful and ironic imagery, the celebration of the poetic, and his enjoyment and appreciation for the traditional and contemporary that effortlessly welcome new and familiar audiences. With roots in both Western art and the culture, ideology and traditional crafts of Indonesia, including wood carving, shadow puppetry, furniture making and decorative painting, Jumaadi: House Of Shadow celebrates the artist’s hybrid practice. He sees his work as visual poetry and creates new meaning from disarray in absurd juxtapositions that visually illustrate cross-cultural confusion. With wry humour, Jumaadi strives to open a window between worlds and provide opportunities for audiences to reflect on differences and commonalities in a light-hearted and inclusive manner. The materials he uses, such as intricately cut buffalo hide, carved rainforest timber, cut tin, car paint, and old Javanese furniture and artifacts, embody cultural nuance and speak of loss and gain in the exchange. Jumaadi has exhibited, and his works are held, in significant collections, museums and galleries around the globe. Artisan is honoured to bring Jumaadi: House Of Shadow to Australian audiences.

     Coming up at Artisan (45 King Street, Bowen Hills): Christus Nobrega –Labirinto. Main Gallery 15 February – 28 March 2020. Labirinto is an exhibition by Brazilian artist and academic Christus Nóbrega, and refers to a technique of lace-making traditionally practiced by the women of Paraíba. The exhibition reflects Nóbrega’s heritage and the enduring role of cotton in an economy with roots in the 16th century. It is an exhibition that reveals the story of Ingá, a small town in the district of Chã dos Pereiras and the tragedy of Nóbrega’s widowed grandmother, who losing all financial support, was forced to relinquish her six children to the care of distant relatives and religious institutions. Her only means of survival was to make and sell the characteristic lace of an area whose culture is to some extent defined by the labyrinthine complexity and beauty of its crafts.  Labirinto  is the result of three years of research in which Nóbrega explored his ancestral homelands, gathering images and testimonials from artisans and relatives for a series of ‘banners’ that would incorporate poignant images from his family’s album. Positioned away from the gallery walls, Nóbrega’s emblematic works cast deep shadows that evoke the experience of discovering laces stretched in the narrow streets of the settlements of Chã dos Pereiras; drying under the intense sunlight of Brazil’s northeast.

     Leah Emery – Still Lyfe: Local Brisbane artist, Leah Emery, takes exploitative kitsch crockery produced en masse in the 20th century as a point of reference and departure for these new cross-stitch works. ARTISAN (running concurrent with Labrinto (see information above). 15 February – 28 March.

     IN CONVERSATION | STITCHES OF COMMONALITYArtisan, Main Gallery. Saturday 15 February, 10 – 11am. Free event – Limited capacity – RSVP to attend Join exhibiting artists, Christus Nóbrega and Leah Emery, and artisan’s curator Kevin Wilson, as they discuss Labirinto and Still Lyfe and the stitches of commonality between their diverse practices. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand discussions between artists of two cultures brought together through their crafts. They will also examine the rich concepts of family, heritage, social history  and material culture in their respective shows. RSVP to attend. 45 King Street. Bowen Hills. A workshop in Poetic Stitch Portraiture is also planned, Saturday 15 February, 12-3pm; cost of $80.00. Limited capacity, Book now >  This is an intimate workshop with renowned Brazilian artist Christus Nobrega. This hands-on conversational styel workshop aims to propose an experience of poetic thinking about family memory itself. Working under the guidance of the artist, you will have the opportunity to make symbolic investigations of your family photos with the purpose of editing them using embroidery and lace techniques.


     Artisan Small Object Space, 12 Sept – 24 Oct: Millie Radovic. The irrepressible 77-year-old Fortitude Valley resident, Millie Radovic, takes her knitting and crocheting into the immersive installation realm. Millie’s small works are unique and offbeat, and she is a regular and popular contributor to the artisan shop. In this Small Object Space exhibition, Millie goes big with an installation that will transport you into another world.

     Artisan Small Object Space, 7 Nov 2020 – 9 January 2021. Cat Rabbit. Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist and designer. Using needle felting and embroidery techniques, she makes plush soft sculptural works of her imagined characters and the worlds in which they might live. Imagined worlds where lots of different animals co-exist in happy harmony. For this exhibition, Cat Rabbit has created an installation of a miniature world of animals, featuring both her signature humanlike animal sculptures wearing dapper clothes and animated videos.  

     The next Biennial Members’ Exhibition from The Embroiderers Guild of Queensland will be held from 13-20 June with a theme of 1920s in 2020. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-3pm. Their premises are at 149 Brunswick Street, Ft Valley.

   The Australasian Embroidery Convention (formerly known as Into Stitches) will take place from 21-23 February 2020 at the Convention Centre South Brisbane. Please go to www.embroideryconvention.com.au for more details of the event.

     LACE at Gympie Regional Gallery: Logan-based artist Mary Elizabeth Barron creates an ethereal environment exploring themes of traditional ‘female’ handicrafts and environmental concerns. Official Opening | Saturday 22 February, 4pm. Artist talk and demonstration | 3pm. Free entry, all welcome. Artist-in-Residence  19-21 February, 10am – 4pm. Indie Weaving: Bobbin Lace Technique workshop with Mary Barron, Saturday 22 February, 10.30am – 1pm. Fees apply, bookings essential. The gallery is located at 39 Nash Street Gympie PO Box 155, Gympie QLD 4570 Phone 1300 307 800 | gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Parking at rear | Lift and disabled access.

      At Logan Art Gallery from now until 7 March: Tales around a tea cosy and Somebody yarn bombed my tea pots! ADELE SPAIN presents two series of works featuring her contemporary and unique knitted tea cosies. In one series the artist has created works which respond to historical events from the City of Logan. The second series explores the beauty of and environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Logan Art Gallery is a 35 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD off Pacific Motorway Exit 23, and 45 minutes  from the Gold Coast off Pacific Motorway Exit 24. Phone: 07 3412 5519. Online: logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents  – Then from 1st May – 13th June it’s Lace. MARY ELIZABETH BARRON uses bobbin lacemaking techniques to make lace hangings out of plastic bags. Lace creates conversation around plastic pollution and environmental sustainability in our society. And from 19 June – 25 July it’s Mixed media mind. KRIS ESTREICH presents a series of artworks created from repurposed, found objects. The artworks tell stories about our relationship to home as a natural, imaginary and constructed world. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. There are some days of closure so check with the gallery in advance. Phone: 07 3412 5519. Online: logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents 

     QSWFA (Qld Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists) next Open Day in 2020 is Saturday 9th May at Fibrecraft House, 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower. The group will also hold two selling events at Richard Randall Studio, Mt Coo-tha Botanic Gardens: Thurs 11 June – Wed 17 June & Mon 17 Aug – Wed 26 Aug.

     MULGA BILL’s BICYCLE 18 March – 21 April at Gympie Regional Gallery. A collection of 11 panels illustrating Banjo Patterson’s famous verse Mulga Bill’s Bicycle. Each panel brings a different set of lines to life and the panels are arranged in sequence to take the viewer on his/her own journey with Mulga Bill. Presented by the Darling Downs Textile Art Group.  The gallery is located at 39 Nash Street Gympie PO Box 155, Gympie QLD 4570 Phone 1300 307 800 | gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.  Parking at rear | Lift and disabled access.

     The next Australian Wearable Art Festival will be held on 2nd May 2020 at Venue 114, Kawana, Sunshine Coast. The event will be bigger and better than ever with many interstate and international designers entering and Fifi Colston (NZ WOW designer) as a judge. There is a daytime show on the Saturday afternoon (1-3pm) and an evening show with Gala event (6:30-10:30pm) which includes the awards ceremony. Tickets to the afternoon event include a complimentary glass of wine for 18+ guests and light canapés. For the evening Gala event there is an open bar for 18+ guests and a complimentary meal treat. Tickets available at https://venue114.com.au/events/australian-wearable-art-festival  To participate in the event, Expressions of Interest must be received by 16 February: see http://australianwearableart.com.au/designer-entry/ The categories include Trashion;  Naturally Biodegradable; Floriana; Avant-Garde and Emerging Artist. Prizes will also be awarded to the Best Secondary Student Entry and Best Tertiary Student Entry.

     New Woman, showing in Gallery 1 at MOB (Museum of Brisbane) from now  until 15 March 2020 reveals the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most significant and ground-breaking female artists over the past 100 years. Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography. Works from leading 1920s artists and advocates Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahey set the scene for the vital role women played in gaining respect and investment for the city’s arts. With Brisbane’s decreasing isolation in the following decades, new ideas of modernism and abstraction found unique interpretations in the works of female artists. While Brisbane artists such as Judy Watson, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt and Davida Allen are contemporary leaders on the world stage, New Woman explores the influence of generations of women before them. New Woman will include significant historical and contemporary works from the Museum of Brisbane and City of Brisbane Collections, as well as loans from various institutions and private lenders. The Textile Arts will be well represented. The gallery is open 10am – 5pm daily, 10am – 7pm Fridays and the exhibition is free.

     Artist Rachael Haynes draws from language from the many voices of contemporary feminism in her interactive installation, Threads of Resistance. Presented as part of New Woman (see information above) the installation includes text-based drawing and fabric works derived from Rachael’s research into feminist social history archives. ‘Museum visitors are invited to express their hopes and visions for a better future by creating their own mini protest banners at our interactive Pocket Placard activity. Families and children are welcome.’

     The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering will finish its 3-year tour at Caboolture Regional Gallery, QLD: 18 December 2020 – 5 February 2021. 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. http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

     The Demented Duchess, The Icon Lady and Linda Storytelling announce their upcoming Exhibition. Art and Artefact being staged by three artists, Helen McIntosh, Linda Murray and Fran van Krieken. It will take place from 24-27 April 2020 at Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Each artist will show 6 objects and each will make a painting of one of their objects, also for exhibition. Join these artists as they break all the rules in a joyful irreverent stand against art trends and accepted norms. Artefacts crowd our every day and are part of our homes. Each of these objects has its own history, its own stories. Often the skills used to create these objects are undervalued. As artists we share a common thread in our love of collecting and creating hand-made objects. We want to give recognition to the humble object and blur the boundaries of what Art is and what is Artefact? Gallery hours: Friday 24th April – 6pm- 9pm, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April-10am to 4pm on. The Artists will be in attendance throughout the show. OPENING NIGHT: Friday Evening 24th April at 6pm. Drinks, Balloons, Festivities, Music. ANZAC DAY IN THE GARDENS is Saturday 25th April. On this day, and on Sunday 26thApril: HAPPENINGS – Story telling, Artists discussions, Balloons, Orange juice. For more information:Fran Van Krieken: fran@franart.net http://fransart.weebly.com/Helen McIntosh: helen.mcintosh@me.com  https://theiconlady.com/Linda Murray: ldmurray@optusnet.com.au https://www.lindastorytelling.com/

     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; 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 exhibition is at Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD: 25 June – 23 August 2020.

     FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL: www.fibreartsfestival.com.au   Sunshine Coast Hinterland. . Save the date: Friday, 20th – Tuesday, 24th of November, 2020.  (The site, Maranatha Recreation Camp near Yandina, is just over 2 hours drive from the Gold Coast and 1.5 hours from Brisbane city).  The festival is a celebration of fibre arts and artists, and also a gathering of like minded individuals who want to come together to create, share, nurture and connect with others. You also get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings by swimming or relaxing by the pool, join in our daily yoga sessions, go on a guided walk in the rain forest or just relax under a tree and read a book. There will also have a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a meet the makers night with wine and cheese, an art exhibition, cultural performance and much more. Accommodation (dorm style, in bunk beds) and food provided. As the accommodation is in shared dormitories, they will be offering a ‘snorers’ dorm, ‘early birds’ dorm as well as a ‘women’s only’ and ‘light sleepers’ dorm. It is also possible to bring your own tent, and camp. Tickets go on sale on July 1st. Sign up to find out who is coming, and a lot more details: www.fibreartsfestival.com.au
     ATASDA Queensland chapter is a group with varied interests; ATASDA stands for Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association. Details from www.atasda.org.au  At quarterly meetings there are Traders Tables, Show & Tell, 1pm meeting with Guest Speaker.  Meetings are held at BVAC, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi. For the latest information: visit www.atasda.org.au, email qld@atasda.org.au or write to PO Box 307, Toowong Qld 4006.

     STUDIO West End is managed by Adele Outteridge and is located at 241 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly, Qld, 4105. Classes available in the Book Arts, Adele Outteridge, (suitable for all levels). PRIVATE LESSONS are designed to suit those who may not be able to attend regular classes or workshops, or who may have a specific project in mind. All media available.  The studio project for 2020 will be ‘GRIDS’. Adele says:  I’m very excited to announce our second workshop with internationally acclaimed artist Daniel Essig from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th March. Daniel taught a wonderful workshop for us two years ago and we are delighted that he is returning. His workshop is titled ETHIOPIAN BINDING WITH WOODEN COVERS AND MICA PAGES. Workshop fee: $650.00, (a deposit of $150.00 will secure a place). There will be a materials fee of $US30 payable to Daniel for mica, text block (pages), handmade papers, waxed linen thread, and needles. Wooden blanks for the covers will be supplied for $A12.00 a pair. Developed as early as the fourth century, this Ethiopian binding style has withstood the test of time. This elegant sewing structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder. Using a variety of tools, we will drill, shape, and smooth our locally sourced wooden boards. For the pages we will use a combination of paper and composite mica.  The mica is a material designed for lamp shades, but also works well as an element in book arts and collage.  Finishing includes sealing your wooden covers with a coating of wax as well as adding a leather closure.  As time allows, Daniel will share various features he includes in his own bindings and sculptural books. To find out more about upcoming workshops contact  Studio West End: www.studiowestend.com. Ph: 07 3892 4570 Mobile 0418875769.