QLD News & Events


Donna Davis: UNSEEN. At Logan Art Gallery until 25th November. Donna Davis explores the intersections between art and science for ‘Unseen’. Through installation, interactive sculpture and digital media the artist presents a philosophical and creative vision of the reciprocity between plant and fungi species. Davis traces how the unseen connections of these intricate ecosystems interact, and in unison nourish and sustain our living planet. This work, in collaboration with the Queensland Herbarium is the culmination of a 52-week field study at Purga Nature Reserve near Ipswich, Queensland.

     TALKING POINTS: Reddy Arts Textile Group is on display until 20 January 2018 at Pine Rivers Art Gallery (Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine) P: 07) 3480 6941. E: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au Talking Points comprises the work of 13 textile artists. Taking a lateral approach, such as that championed by the creative thinker Dr Edward De Bono, the artists individually selected a quirky word to inspire their art making.This is a showcase of textile artwork celebrating innovation. Workshops by the Reddy Arts Textile Group: 11.00am Saturday 2 December 2017, Christmas Inspired Appliqued Mug Rug.  All ages welcome. 11.00am Saturday 9 December 2017, Make A Felted Bag.

     DISRUPTIVE PATTERNS featuring Kathryn Blumke, Allyson Reynolds and Jemima Wyman is on at Pine Rivers Art Gallery (Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine) until 11th November. Camouflage, with its roots in nature and art, is an example of the powerful role patterning plays in visual perception. The same can be said of the sophisticated mark-making techniques found in the abstractions of Kathryn Blumke, the macro-observations of Allyson Reynolds and the optical references by Jemima Wyman. The three artists, with distinct styles, come together to challenge ideas around the purpose of pattern for attention and reinvention. P: 07) 3480 6941. E: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

WILD THINGS 2017: Wendy Bailye and Sharyn Hall return with their annual exhibition of locally made contemporary textiles. “Locally made art is something that the world needs more of and our handmade textiles are becoming ever more collectable and popular as the appreciation of handmade items and affordable, unique art grows exponentially in our community. In its 9th year, this wonderfully creative event is not to be missed. Wild Things is the place to purchase a unique selection of wonderful handmade textile treasures created by local Brisbane artists Sharyn Hall & Wendy Bailye .” HANDPRINTED, PAINTED, FELTED & STITCHED WEARABLES, ACCESSORIES & HOMEWARES, WALL ART, HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY, CARDS & ART JOURNALS and more. All made with priceless individuality and an emphasis on natural materials. Beautiful textiles with a contemporary twist. Held at the  Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha from 22 November – 26th November 2017. Opening hours: Wed – Fri: 9am – 5.00pm and Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm.www.sharynhalldesigns.com    www.wendybailye.com

THE MORNING GLORY, an exhibition from Margaret Barnett | Lawrence English | Al Sim will be shown in The Gympie Times Exhibition Space at Gympie Regional Gallery from 28 November 2017 – 6 January 2018. The Morning Glory – a magnificent cloud; interpreted, shared and translated into the immersive mediums of photography, sound and textile.  This project was supported through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a Moreton Bay Regional Council and Queensland Government partnership to support local arts and culture. Public Program: 3D Shibori Stitching Workshop, Saturday 9 December, 10am-3pm with Margaret Barnett. In addition, for the same timing, in Gallery 3, Mary Elizabeth Barron is showing UNDER FOOT: Two and three dimensional works that draw attention to the intricacies and unique beauty of natural debris through the use of basketry and paper making. She will give a workshop on Saturday 16th December from 10am-4pm on Random Weave and Paper Pulp.  And in the Hugo Reitz Gallery, Helen Dennis and her CHANGE exhibition can be seen, same dates. ‘Personal observations in time on the impacts of cultural, social and economical upheaveal in Queensland’s Western Downs region. Gympie Regional Gallery is located at 39 Nash Street, Gympie and is open 10am-4pm, Tues-Sat (admission is free). www.gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery

     TRANSFORMATIONS, an exhibition of Textile works by Jan Strudwich will be held at Maroochydore Library Artspace Exhibition until 9 December 2017. The Opening: 3 November, 1 – 3pm. Location: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, upstairs in the Artspace. Caloundra Regional Gallery and Sunshine Coast Libraries present the next exhibition for the Maroochydore Library Artspace. Buderim artist Jan Strudwick transforms old clothes and fabric into panoramic landscapes, depicting various landmarks from her travels across Australia. Strudwick’s conscious use of recycled materials to depict these recognisable landscapes reflects the artist’s concern and interest for the environment.

Donna Davis’ exhibition, UNSEEN will be at Logan Art Gallery until 25th November. The gallery, at Logan Central Brisbane, is open from 10am-5pm, Tues-Sat. In Unseen Donna Davis presents a series of interactive soft sculptures and digital works which reflect the power and complexities of natural ecosystems. Donna Davis received financial assistance for this touring exhibition from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi. The research collaborations and artwork concept development for this project was proudly supported by the Ipswich Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize Call for Entries. Entries now open: www.stanthorpeartprize.org.au. Closing date: April 4 2018. Open to Australian and International entries. $40,000 in prizes: $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018; First Prize $5000; Significant 2D $5000; Significant 3D $2000; Emerging Artist $1000; Local Artist $1000; Volunteers Choice $500; Youth Award $500; Public Choice. Many mediums accepted including Textiles. Also Mixed Media. Only video entries are not accepted, as there are no have video facilities. This is an initiative of the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. 07 4681 1874. www.srag.org.au More information, terms & conditions: www.stanthorpeartprize.org.au

DOMESTIC DUTIES: Chapter Three from Kim Schoenberger will be exhibited at Gallery One, Noosa Regional Gallery from 29th November 2017 – 21st January 2018. This solo exhibition will have its official opening on 1st December 2017. It will be the concluding exhibition in a trilogy that explores the sacred in the domestic. Visit www.kimschoenberger.com

      SPECTRUM Textile Arts is a group whose focus is exhibiting textile art. It was formed by Alison Charlton, Kim Boland and Brenda Wood. Along with invited artists Sue Durry and Di Flint, they are holding their inaugural exhibition ‘Journeys’ at Gallery 107@Dalby from 4th December 2017 until 19th January 2018 at 107 Drayton Street, Dalby. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; and Saturdays 10am-2pm excluding public holidays. The exhibition will also include additional exhibits from the Ozquiltnetwork, ‘Australia Wide 5’ and Coastal Threads, ‘Marine Fantasy’. The exhibition will also feature the Spectrum Textile Arts “DDD Challenge” where each exhibiting artist has produced a set of 6 small pieces relating to the Darling Downs Dalby area.

     At QAGOMA until 23 Sep 2018: THE LONG STORY.  Gallery 3.3 & 3.4 Marica Sourris & James C. Sourris AM Galleries | Free The Long Story explores themes and practices that have shaped the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific Art Collection, and includes new acquisitions, seminal holdings, historical artefacts, and works acquired throughout the history of ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT). Displayed over two consecutive chapters, the exhibition specifically addresses ideas of historical narrative, the experience of conflict, relationships to land, and how the public image is constructed and public space is contested. Many textile works included, especially story cloths. https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/the-long-story

A career-spanning survey of work by leading contemporary artist YAYOI KUSAMA (Japan b.1929) opens at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on 4 November 2017 and continues until 11 February 2018. ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’, co-curated by QAGOMA and National Gallery Singapore, “will be a wild and wonderful journey through key moments in Kusama’s vast artistic career over seven decades.” Now in her late 80s, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most recognisable artists working today. ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ explores key motifs in Kusama’s work since the early 1950s, her engagement with the body, and her expansive conception of space. It includes more than 70 works including early painterly experiments, a multi-decade presentation of the celebrated ‘net’ paintings, soft-sculpture and assemblage, performance documents, iconic ‘infinity rooms’ and large-scale installations from later in her career.

     USQ Artsworx celebrates 35 years of the McGregor Winter School, Toowoomba. Dates for the Summer Arts Retreat are 7-13 January 2018. Workshops offered in a variety of skills – examples include OBJECT MAKING with Keith Lo Bue; LEATHER SHOEMAKING with Jackie Orme Ward & Adrian Lockwood; BASKETRY with Jillian Culey & MILLINERY with Alison Clark. Details from www.artsworx.com.au

        STATE OF THE ART QUILT 2017 (SOTAq17) had Sue Duffy as a Juror will be shown at Dogwood Crossings Art Gallery in Miles, Jan-March 2018. See the Queensland Quilters Inc website: www.qldquilters.com/

The Gold Coast will host the 21st Commonwealth Games in April 2018. Hence the theme for the 2018 2Q October Quilt Show will be Medallion. www.qldquilters.com/

Twice a year BVAC, the Brisbane Visual Arts Community holds Pop Up Shops at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Auditorium. The next Pop Up Shop is before Christmas, on December 2nd and 3rd (Sat/Sun) and promises to showcase a range of quality crafts and arts that are handcrafted, 100% Australian designed and 100% Australian made. RESTITCH an Upcycled Fashion Parade will feature at 2pm on December 2nd. To find out more about the Brisbane Visual Arts Community go to their website at bvac.org.au.

 The Embroiderers’ Guild Queensland Inc. will be holding its Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 26th November 2017 from 8am to 12 noon. The Embroiderers’ Guild Qld Inc holds exciting markets on the last Sunday morning in November each year and the first Sunday in May. These markets, for hand made goods, allow store holders, at a minimal cost, the opportunity to expose their creative products to a different clientele. The general public, with free entry, is welcome to come and experience our two market levels of hand crafted goods. We also provide a delicious Devonshire morning tea service. Parking is available in the surrounding streets and we have easy access with bus and train services. Where:149 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley 4006. www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au

Planning ahead at Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland (149 Brunswick Street, Ft Valley, Brisbane). “As a vital part of our 50-year celebrations, our 2018 Guild exhibition – appropriately titled ‘Celebrate!’ – will be held in our rooms from Saturday, 16 June to Saturday, 23 June 2018 inclusive.” This will be a display of extraordinary and exquisite embroideries produced by EGQ members for a landmark display, which is open to the public. www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au

     CIRCLE, the latest picture book (published by Walker Books) from award winning children’s author and artist, Jeannie Baker will be the subject of an exhibition at the Mt Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane from 11 Dec 2017 – 25 February 2018. Then it travels to Bundaberg Art Gallery from 7 March – 6 May 2018. This beautifully illustrated story follows the migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) from Australia through Southeast Asia to its Alaskan breeding grounds and then back to Australia. As with each of Jeannie’s picture books, Circle is illustrated with the tactile, exquisitely detailed and textured collages she is famous for. The artworks themselves will be exhibited in this travelling exhibition.   

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE  is a major national touring exhibition. As the project title suggests Soft Core seeks to creatively explore notions of ‘softness’ in contemporary art. Curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate Michael Do and drawing together 13 international and Australian artists, the participants each reveal different approaches to ideas and experiences of softness. The results range from large-scale inflatables that spectators are encouraged to interact with, to smooth, small, flesh-like objects. The artists participating in Soft Core include Tully Arnot, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates, and Paul Yore – each variously utilises air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay, and plastics bags as examples of materials co-opted for their versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in the show are activated through electricity and inflation while others simply inhabit their softness. The exhibition is supported by an extensive catalogue with contributions from writers, curators and directors.

Soft Core tours QLD as follows:

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD – 10 November 2018 – 13 January 2019
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD – 23 January – 2 March 2019
Artspace Mackay, QLD – 15 March – 5 May 2019
Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD – 17 May 2019 – 7 July 2019

Why not ask about KAY FAULKNER’s WEAVING SCHOOL which has been set up at 30 Barron Rd, Birkdale, Qld. All looms and weaving equipment are provided for all classes. For full details please go to either her blog: www.kayfaulkner.wordpress.com or her website: www.kayfaulkner.com.au  To book either email magthrds@optusnet.com.au or phone (07) 32071481 (please leave a message and Kay will return your call). As well there are also many opportunities for the individual who would like to take advantage of weaving in the studio – it is possible to hire a loom for a week or part thereof for you to work on your own project. If required, tuition may be organised at an hourly rate. Class schedule updated for 2017: 13-17th November Woven shibori; 4-8th December Special. Tutoring is also available as per individual needs based on 5 classes in a 3-week period and by negotiation. Studio access is available to individuals and small groups. Tuition is available or alternatively it may be studio access without tuition. This is a great opportunity to use a loom you normally do not have access to.

     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 (Adele Outteridge & Wim de Vos) has moved from West End to the Brisbane suburb of Yeerongpilly. The new address is 241 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly, Qld, 4105. Classes available as before, in these areas: Printmaking, Painting, Mixed Media Drawing, Wim de Vos, (suitable for all levels). 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. www.studiowestend.com 2018 Summer Workshop: The Summer Workshop dates are Tuesday 2nd January to Friday 19th January 2018. Enrolment can be for one, two or three weeks. For those with other commitments you may spread a week’s tuition over the three weeks. As New Years Day is on a Monday in 2018, week 1 will be 4 days. We can adjust the fees for week 1 or you may come for a fifth day later in the workshop. The workshop will include printmaking, book arts, drawing, painting and sculpture. Participants may specialise in one medium or work with several media. Individual project based work is also encouraged. As the class size is limited, there will be plenty of flexibility.This workshop is suitable for all levels, drawing experience is not essential. There are two tutors, Adele Outteridge and Wim de Vos co-teaching.Numbers are kept small, with a maximum of eight to ten, so there’s ample individual attention. www.studiowestend.com

The 2018 Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, a project of the Rotary Club of Gympie will take place in 2008 on Saturday November 3, 2018 and Sunday November 4, 2018 at the Pavilion, Exhibition Road, Gympie’s Southside. This significant event boasts not only an outstanding presentation of contemporary, appliqué and traditional quilts, art quilts and wall hangings by professionals and non-professionals, but also an inspirational array of fibre and textile arts, contemporary and freeform knitting, basketry, spinning & weaving, paper craft, decoupage, embroidery and much more. With over 40 specialists markets, workshops and free demonstrations as well, the event attracts visitors from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Noosa, to Maryborough, Childers and Hervey Bay. For details, please visit website www.quiltandcraft.org or to enquire about how to become an exhibitor, demonstrator or stallholder, please email admin@quiltandcraft.org or phone Kathy on 0409 621 232.

     PAA (Pacific Arts Association) XIII International Symposium MARCH 25-28, 2019, Brisbane, Australia

Save the date: “We are happy to announce Brisbane will be the next host of PAA’s XIII International Symposium, 2019. The dates of the conference are confirmed for Monday-Thursday 25-28 March, 2019. We hope to follow the conference with a weekend of events on the cultural precinct taking advantage of the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery.