NANETTE BALCHIN announces that the Wrapt Retreat 2017 is confirmed for June 17-19, 2017 to be held at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton (thanks to Capricornia Printmakers, CQ Contemporary Artists and Capricornia Arts Mob for sharing their rooms to create a great venue for you.). The retreat will have all the camaraderie and creative inspiration and vibe of Wrapt in Rocky but in the form of a 3 day workshop. Hold onto the dates of Saturday 17 – Monday 19 June 2017. Nanette writes: “It’s all about relishing creative experiences. Exciting news is that Peta Lloyd has joined the Wrapt team. Peta and I aim to recreate that special Wrapt feeling put together but in a different format. To ensure you get comfortable and great value accommodation I have booked two different options. You can share a room in an apartment that I have chosen because it’s well located and very spacious or you can share a lovely Airbnb house. It all depends on your needs – two price rates available. This gives you independence with meals as well. The online enrolment process is simple, with full payment for the workshops required upon booking.” email@example.com or Nanette on 0410 383 483 www.wraptinrocky.com.au Workshops include Textiles Paper and Text with Jette Clover from Belgium; Quietly and Gently with Fiona Dempster (embossing, printing, cutting, lettering and stitching will all form part of the workshop, and bookmaking will bring it all together); Blooms Birds and Beautiful Things with Penny Eamer (learn the techniques of combining wool roving, silk fibres and embroidery threads with commercial felt to create downy, soft surfaces with rich layered colour effects, texture and embellishment. Hand needle felting, sewing, embroidery and embellishing are both an easy and fun process). Enrol quickly for this great opportunity.
The Samford & Surrounds Arts Trails & Open Studios 2017 commences the first weekend in June & will be held every successive weekend in June. Studios will be open between 10am & 4pm. For further information & to view the 2017 Studio Guide, go to: www.creativesamford.com. To stay up to date with the Arts Trails go to
KIM SCHOENBERGER’s recent solo exhibition Papillon will be in gallery 2, 3 & 4 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 20 August – Sunday 8 October, 2017.
Arts, Crafts, Yarn and Yarnbombing. This year’s KNITFEST in Maleny is “set to explode with another year of fun, colour and all things yarny in a fun filled weekend of workshops, demonstrations, Trade Stalls, displays, music and good food at this free community event on July 8th and 9th. We will be yarnbombing and decorating the main street of Maleny which will come alive with yarnbombing, decorated Tree Cosy competitions, workshops, Guest Speakers, Kids Club, music, Friendship Bridge, competitions and craft markets. It is a magical event for families and a time for young and old to discover new skills, talents and creativity with the use of yarns including knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving, felting and lots more. The town will literally be wrapped in art, as 7′ high sculptures made from fibre decorate our street!” The theme for this year is “Under the Sea”. For more details, go to www.knitfest.com.au
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. Passing Through: Project Another Country: Caloundra Regional Gallery. This new installation is showing from 22 Jun – 13 Aug. The Opening: 22 Jun, 6pm. Husband and wife Filipino-Australian artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are renowned throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region for their projects which explore issues of community, migration and transience, reflecting their own diasporic existence. There will be a free floor talk by the artists on 22nd June from 5:30-6pm. As well there is the opportunity to join a free ‘special makers session in the gallery, with the artists, on June 23rd, 10:30am-12:30pm. “Join us for a special makers session in the gallery with exhibiting artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. Be inspired by their installations, then create a boat about your special, dreamed or imagined journey. All materials supplied, bookings appreciated.”
UNDER FOOT , the next solo exhibition from Mary Elizabeth Barron will be at Logan Art Gallery until 10th June. The artist says: The beauty in the often less appreciated and noticed natural wonders beneath our feet are the source of inspiration for this body of work. These works seek to draw attention to the intricacies of natural debris. The colour, shape and textural qualities of leaves in their dying stages, fallen bark and twigs as well as the multitude of animals and plants that survive and live in this environment are complex and intriguing. These elements are often either un-noticed or considered green rubbish. My work seeks to re-contextualise these elements through both using these natural materials and drawing inspiration from their presentation. I have always taken a special pride and felt great satisfaction in creating art works using things that society considers rubbish. Now in this exhibition to be looking at the special beauty of the ‘rubbish’ of nature is I feel a natural extension of my passion. This nature’s ‘rubbish’, e.g. leaf litter, is actually the life blood of nature as it is from the dead, decaying material that the living draws its sustenance, its life. The Logan Art gallery is located at the Corner of Wembley Road & Jacaranda Avenue, Logan Central QLD 4114. Open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Phone: (07)34125519 www.logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery
POINTS OF INFLECTION – Artist Books from Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research: until 17th June at Gympie Regional Art Gallery. Artist books exemplifying the diversity of the creative output produced by staff and post graduate students making books at Queensland College of Art. https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery
USQ Artsworx celebrates 35 years of the McGregor Winter School, Toowoomba. Dates for the Winter Arts Retreat are 3-7 July 2017. Workshops offered in a variety of skills. In the textile arts: Multi-Dimensional Sculptural and Landscape Felting with Denise Lithgow; Intensive Sewing and Patternmaking with Margaret Adam and Millinery with Johanna Guerin. Details from www.artsworx.com.au
STATE OF THE ART QUILT 2017 (SOTAq17) has Sue Duffy as a Juror this year and will be shown at the Redlands Quilt Extravaganza from 14-16 July and at Dogwood Crossings Art Gallery in Miles, Jan-March 2018. As well it will definitely feature at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair, 4-8 October, 2017. 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/
JUMPERS & JAZZ in JULY has been announced by Warwick Art Gallery with the dates of 20-30 July 2017. Tree Yarnbombing Competition, Workshops and Exhibitions. Among the exhibitions there will be The Morning Glory with Margaret Barnett giving an artist talk at 10am on 23 July. She will also teach a workshop on Sculptural Shibori on 24th July. As well, The Travelling Ravellers will ‘be weaving their way to Warwick to plant exotic Yarntopian gardens at Warwick Art Gallery before setting up camp in the gallery foyer for the duration of the festival. Artist talks on 22 & 29 July, both at 10am. For full details of all events: www.warwickgallery.com.au (click on the News & Events tab).
The RNA (Royal National Show) has contracted Mitchie Makers Markets to find eligible and engaging makers for the 10 days of the Ekka (The ‘Exhibition, in Brisbane) and to make Makers Street a memorable space. Makers Street will be located inside the Ekka entrance gate at the Old Museum on Gregory Terrace. It will provide a vibrant link between the entrance, the Old Museum, the Agriculture Hall, The Plaza and the Main Arena. The Old Museum was reintroduced last year to the Ekka after a 119 year absence, and has become the home for Flower and Garden and Quilt Competitions and Sections. This year the Old Museum Precinct will be adding a Community Stage for local dance groups and entertainers to perform as well as new competitions for potted plants and verge gardens. With over 400,000 people excepted this year at the Ekka, the foot traffic will afford some good exposure. Bookings availability: Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug (3 days). Mon 14 – Thu 17 Aug (4 days including ‘People’s Day’). Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug (3 days). Hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm each day. Cost: $150 per day which includes 3x3m space; lockable marquee hire with weights; marquee lights; 10amp (standard) power outlet. Details from http://www.mitchiemakers.org.au/makers-street/ (Even if you don’t wish to sell, you might like to visit the Makers Market).
PARTNERS IN TEXTILE: 11 August – 20 September 2017 at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy. This exhibition involves the work of Helen McIntosh, Cathy Moon and Sybil Orr. Janet De Boer will open the exhibition at 1pm on August 12th. Prior to the official opening, Sybil Orr will give an Artists Talk at 11:30pm and there will be a morning of Market Stalls (from 10am) plus Lunch available from 12noon. Gallery hours: 10am-4pm, Tues-Fri; weekends 10am-3pm.
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
Four Brisbane City Council libraries (Brisbane Square, Chermside, Garden City and Indooroopilly) are cooperating with the Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland to showcase embroidery during July as part of a celebration culminating on World Embroidery Day (Sunday, 30th July). A display will be on show at each library throughout July and on Sunday, 30 July, a hands-on experience to the public will be offered at each library simultaneously. This will occur between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au
At QAG (Qld Art Gallery) until 10th September, in Gallery 6 (Henry & Amanda Barlett Gallery): WEAVERS, WANDERERS. Drawn from the South and South-East Asian art collections, Weavers, Wanderers features regional art forms, including textiles, and investigates how these art forms have inspired and fascinated artists and travellers.
WAR-TIME QUILTS Quilts from Military Fabrics from the Annette Gero Collection will be on show at the Ipswich Art Gallery until 25 June, 2017. The gallery is open daily, 10am-5pm (closed Good Friday; open ANZAC Day from 12noon -5pm. This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated 228-page publication, Wartime QuiltsL Appliques and Geometric Masterpieces from Military Fabrics.
The QSWFA (Qld Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists) will hold their next Open Day on 13th May at Fibrecraft House, 12 Payne Street, their premises in Auchenflower Brisbane – the public is very welcome. The next QSWFA Fibre Fest will be held in the Auditorium at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha from July 28-30. Entries for the International Scarf Exchange will be exhibited along with work by members. Janet De Boer will open the Fibre Fest at 7pm on July 28th www.qldspinners.org.au
a matter of time is a travelling textile art exhibition curated by OzQuilt Network member Brenda Gael Smith comprised of 32 works exploring the fourth dimension (time) in cloth. The exhibition will be at Dysart Art Space, Dysart, Queensland: 1-30 June 2017.
The 14th Southern Hemisphere Felt-Makers Convergence will take place from 24-29 September 2017 in Toowoomba on the campus of the University of Southern Queensland. Nearby accommodation will be available at McGregor College. Marilyn Jensen is the curator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website www.feltmakers SHFC2017.com
SHIFTING SEASONS – TEXTILE ART EXHIBITION: An exhibition of beautifully hand-crafted artworks (wearables, homewares, gifts, jewellery) by Tricia Smout, Lyn Baxter, Sue Ford and Karoline Cumming. The dates are 26 & 27 August 2017, 9am-4pm daily at Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Free admission. Contact Tricia email@example.com or www.goo.gl/qi8h8R
LOLO GREENO. Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in The Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. She is an award winning talent in shell-working and the exhibition includes 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Venues coming up for this touring exhibition: Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, QLD until 18 June 2017; Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD. 30 June – 3 Sept 2017.
Strand Ephemera 2017 ‘The North’s Sculpture Festival’ will take place on The Strand, Townsville from 28 July – 6 August. This outdoor exhibition began in 2001 and is now biennial – much loved and anticipated. It has grown to become an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance.
The MORNING GLORY is an Installation by Marg Barnett, Lawrence English and Al Sim. It will be at the Pine Rivers Regional Gallery until 8 July 2017. The gallery location is Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine.There is ample parking at the Strathpine Community Centre, including spaces for people with mobility constraints. Entrance is off Mecklem Street. (The Pine Rivers Art Gallery is conveniently located next to the Strathpine Community Centre, which is a short walk from the Strathpine train station and the Strathpine Westfield shopping centre. There is also a public bus stop right outside the door on Gympie road). Gallery opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm. For more information, ring (07) 3480.6941. Email PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au Web: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/subsite.aspx?ide_128519
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 full year : 21-25th August Special; 18-22nd September Doubleweave and Friends; 16-20th October Two extremes: Weft faced rugs or warp faced textiles; 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 email@example.com 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
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