QLD News & Events

 Coming up – the next biennial exhibition for the Buderim Fabric Art Group at the Buderim Craft Cottage. Members have been working on the concept of “Reflections” with a challenge of a 70 x 200cm piece of fabric plus other pieces in various textile media and techniques. The exhibition will be opened by Chris Elcoate on Friday 6 July at 6.00pm and continues to Sunday 15 July 2018. Opening hours are 10am to 3.00am at the Atrium Gallery Buderim. Chris Jefferson  0432949476

Port Douglas in November: Artist Marie Mitchell is curating a textile, fibre art and design exhibition with a difference: WE ARE ALL ATLAS for Eco Fashion Week Australia. https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/ The Call for Entries is on the website and the event receives international media coverage. There will be two exhibitions this year, one in Port Douglas (Nov 4-10) and one in Perth, WA from 15-21 November. The venue for Port Douglas is Mossman Shire Hall, 4-14 Mill Street, Mossman. Entries are being sought from all textile and fibre artists worldwide for both exhibitions. Port Douglas exhibition link:  https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/textile-art-designer-exhibition/

Susanne Schroder’s solo exhibition KALEIDOSCOPE will be held in the Hugo de Rietz Gallery at the Gympie Regional Gallery from 19 June to 14 July 2018. Also showing at that time is Sandra Pearce (FADING TO GREY) in Gallery Three. Schroder’s exhibition explores ‘the diverse microcosm of marine life that inhabits Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, the artist presents abstract compositions, randomly machine stitched onto ink infused silk. Pattern and colour are ongoing elements in her designs and the machine needle her drawing tool as she aims to draw the viewer’s attention to the plight and beauty of one of our greatest natural assets. Sandra Pearce’s exhibition is described as ‘An exhibition of printmaking, works on paper, installations and artists books that explores emotional responses to human-initiated transformations of the landscape around us – urbanisation, invasive species, and fragmentation of wildlife habitats. The works reflect on the unease of change, memory and loss, the celebration of intimate connections, and the uncertainty of how to make a positive difference as an individual. There is a joint opening at 1:30pm on Saturday, 23rd June followed by an Artist Floor Talk by Susanne Schroder. All welcome; free entry.

Erica Gray’s PIPE DREAMS exhibition will be at the Lapunyah Art Gallery in Chinchilla from the 22nd June – 2 August. & she will be running a couple of 3D pen workshops on the opening weekend.  Pipe Dreams is an exhibition of soft sculpture & paintings that celebrate the mundane; the absurdity; the functionality as well as the genius of the ubiquitous water pipe. http://www.ericagrayartist.com.au/EXHIBITION%20NEWS.php

    QSWFA (the Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Ltd) announce their International Scarf Exchange Exhibition & Gallery Shop: 1-6 June. Location: The Richard Randall Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Cooth-tha. This is an exhibition of scarves and handmade items from all over the world. Each year a different group hosts the exchange where participants send in 150grams of fibre and then make something stunning with the fibre they receive. They send this back to us to exhibit before we return their original fibre which has been transformed into something beautiful. “Our talented members will have their work for sale in our Gallery Shop. There will be a huge assortment of handmade goodies to choose from. Take this opportunity to stock up your present cupboard for the rest of the year’s birthdays.” Times of viewing: 9am-5pm daily.

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.  As well antique and heirloom pieces will be shown upstairs. Morning tea and light lunch available to purchase. Rooms open daily 10am-3pm (last admission 2pm). Admission is $8 per person which includes a catalogue. Beautiful needlework will be on sale at our gift shop. You might also like to purchase art union tickets for 3 major prizes. We look forward to having as many people as possible to help us celebrate our 50th year, while being inspired and charmed in a relaxed and welcoming environment. For further information: info@embroiderersguildqld.org.au or Phone 07 3252 8629. Visit our website: www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au

     The SHIFTING SEASONS Textile Art Exhibition is returning, this time for three days in July 2018 (Fri/Sat/Sun, 20-22 July) at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Time: 9am-4pm each day. This exhibition features beautifully hand-crafted artworks (wearables, homewares, gifts, jewellery) by Tricia Smout, Lyn Baxter, Sue Ford and Karoline Cumming. Admission: free. Contact: Tricia ts@triciasmout.com.au or (07) 3379 1406

TRICIA SMOUT is offering Book & Calligraphy workshops in Brisbane commencing in August. (1) Making Artist Books (Folded Books) being held on 26th August, 9am-1pm. (2) Making Artist Books (Stitched Books) on 26th August, 1:30-5:30pm. (3) Introduction to Calligraphy on 7, 14 & 28 October & 4 November (Sunday afternoons, 1-5pm). The venue for all workshops is Wellers Hill Hub, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi. Prices vary. To learn more, including course content: contact Tricia (07) 3379 1406 or ts@triciasmout.com.au or through Eventbrite ($61.86 includes booking fee) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-artist-books-folded-books-tickets-44788373230 All courses are suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.

Mackay ARTSPACE LIBRIS AWARDS – This major biennial events offers a total of $14,500 in prize money divided up among several judged categories, awarded for Artists Books, being exhibited until 19 August. www.artspacemackay.com.au

     Brisbane will host a new exhibition of over 40 bridal gowns from 1860 to 1970, The Bowerbird and The Bride from the collection of award-winning Australian costume designer Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker) being staged at Old Government House and developed in conjunction with QUT. More than a history lesson on a century of Australian wedding fashion, The Bowerbird and The Bride is an incredible insight into how Marion Boyce weaves together fact and fiction conjuring forth fascinating characters and stories from every piece of clothing. From period and vintage wedding dresses to a stunning array of headpieces, bouquets and other restored accessories, this exhibition brings to life each ensemble in a series of vignettes filled with beauty, nostalgia, and often mischief and whimsy.T here is also A Wedding Garden Party on July 22nd; In Conversation with Marion Boyce on August 8th; and Behind the Seams TOURS from July 14 – August 16. http://www.ogh.qut.edu.au/whats-on/bowerbird.php

JUMPERS AND JAZZ in July: From the 19th to the 29th of July Warwick Art Gallery will present 25 different activities including exhibitions, workshops, talks and tours. Now is the time to register to get involved. WORKSHOPS: The Gallery Workshop Program has been announced and features double the number of workshops available but they are shorter in length. With at least one workshop every day of the festival there is sure to be something to inspire your creativity. For more information about workshops including booking EMAIL Sue.Jacobsen@sdrc.qld.gov.au or phone 07 4661 0434. The theme for this year’s tree jumper exhibition is DULCET. The Gallery has three brand new exhibitions that will premier during the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival. In the Main Gallery: Galaxy Morphed: created exclusively for the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival artists of the Darling Downs Textile Art Group will explore the Universe, its colours, changing patterns, its magnetic enigma and creative appeal through the textile medium. A unique immersive experience for all ages, this exhibition is a superb example of artists working collaboratively to create a collective narrative.  This dynamic exhibition will feature predominately new works incorporating a delicious array of textile mediums in traditional and contemporary formats. The Darling Downs Textile Art Group is an organisation of artists based on the Darling Downs who are dedicated to textile and quilt art practices.
In the Foyer Gallery: Home Sweet Home: The latest project from the Gallery’s Yarntopians. This year the team invites you to visit their Home Sweet Home, and indulge your nostalgic sweet tooth.
In the Orange Wall Gallery: Jumperhead by Jessica Thompson. Jessica Thompson was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumper Artist Hall of Fame in 2017. For this year’s festival Jessica will share her quirky yarn creations in this new exhibition that explores themes of animal trophyism and human body adornment.
All three exhibitions will be open every day of the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival. http://www.jumpersandjazz.com/

Queensland Quilters Inc., STATE OF THE ART 18, has been juried by Brenda Gael Smith (who has been invited to exhibit one of her quilts as part of the show), and the exhibition of 34 works will be at Boonah Regional Art Gallery from June 6th till July 15th (Wed.-Sun) The exhibition is being judged this year (as well as pre-selected), with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, sponsored by Bernina and Queensland Quilters. The official opening and announcement of the winners will be on June 16th at the gallery at 1.30pm. All welcome – no need to RSVP. www.qldquilters.com/ The next showing will be at the Convention Centre in Brisbane October 3rd- 7th. Then Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery  from January 21st-March 10th 2019.

ARTISAN (formerly Craft Queensland) has moved from its premises in Fortitude Valley to 45 King Street, Bowen Hills in the heart of the recently redeveloped Brisbane Showgrounds precinct. Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm. Their first major exhibition is EXPANDED DISCRETE STATES: CRAFT + DESIGN in the Main Gallery; it runs until 9th June. “Artisan celebrates the opening of our new home for craft and design by taking a closer look at the role design takes in the craft process. Six leading practitioners from the fields of architecture, jewellery, fashion, weaving, industrial design and public art will showcase their work together. All six attract attention for their innovative approach – pushing the boundaries of what we expect from each medium. They have each forged successful careers by creating products for public use using their own unique blend of craft and design. Featured are: Ari Athans, Chantal Henley, Clare Kennedy, Five Mile Radius, Gail Sorronda, Belinda Smith and Anna Varendorff, A.C.V Studio. More information from www.artisan.org.au

The Wild/flower Women II exhibition (Art, Environment and Activism) features work by pioneering Queensland artist and activist Kathleen McArthur, and collaborations with other ‘wild/flower’ women such as Judith Wright and their campaigns to protect the environment. To profile the living legacy of this work, contemporary Sunshine Coast artists Marvene Ash, Shannon Garson, Anne Harris and Ulrike Sturm pay homage with their own responses to our wildflowers and natural heritage.  The show opened in May and continues until 18th June at Caloundra Regional Gallery. Official. Curated by Associate Professor Sue Davis, CQUniversity and independent curator Nina Shadforth. https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Exhibitions/Kathleen-McArthur

     Symposium: Wild/flower Women II11th Jun, 9.30am -12.30pm. Location: Caloundra Regional Gallery
Cost: $20, morning tea and lunch included. The scope of the symposium will encompass and investigate historical and contemporary responses to art, environment and activisim and feature presentations by the Wild/flower Women II artists and curators, as well as members of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and others who continue the legacy of Kathleen McArthur’s work. Find out more from https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Programs-and-Events/Wildflowering-Symposium

     WORKSHOP from Wild/Flower Women artist Anne Harris: Printing on Cloth with Natural Dyes. Let Anne Harris guide you through the art of printing with natural dyes. You will be shown: how to make and source your own natural dye; how to create images and prints using sustainable methods. During this workshop you will use cotton, linen and silk fabrics to explore the different processes required for each type of fabric. Each participant will take home five squares (30x30cm) with their own unique art. Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery. Cost: $80. Date: 12th June from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. Bookings Required: artscoast@sunshincoast.qld.gov.au (07) 5420 8800

     Horizon Festival – STRING SYMPHONY from 24 Aug – 2 Sep. Location: Various locations, Sunshine Coast
Cost: Free. String Symphony is a large-scale, interactive performance installation that invites audience members to become puppeteers. Hand-woven using more than one kilometre of rope, the giant illuminated puppet is waiting to be brought to life. Register your interest to be the first to know when and where this unique experience will appear. more info

JENNY JACKETT is having an Artist’s Residency/Exhibition at The Black Duck Gallery, Yandina,  July 26 for a week and then the Exhibition stays up for another 2 weeks.  http://blackduckcottage.com.au (go to Gallery). The Residency is a Pilot program being run by Jenna Howearth, owner of GIAP Art Visions. Jenny Jackett aims to go all natural in future so she is using her stock of commercially dyed yarns to create cushions and throws. Janet De Boer will open the exhibition at noon on Saturday 28th July. Everyone is welcome. Jackett will document the progress of her weaving on Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/textileartisan1/

USQartworx Winter School – University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. The Visual and Creative Arts are well served from 2-6 July 2018. Denise Lithgow is offering Millinery Free Form Felt Hats; and Pendragon is offering Leather Bootmaking. Email:artsworx@usq.edu.au or mcgregor@usq.ed.au  Phone (07) 4631.1111. www.artsworx.com.au

FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL https://www.jtol.com.au/fibreartsfestival : 17/18/19 November 2018  – Sunshine Coast Hinterland (the site, near Yandina, is just over 2 hours drive from the Gold Coast and 1 1/2 hours from Brisbane city).Luke & Alice are behind the festival and are a husband and wife team. Alice has a passion for traditional and contemporary Maori art as well as raranga (weaving) and has been actively involved in learning and sharing for the past 15 years while Luke has been involved in producing and managing events in both NZ and Australia. They have experience and passion in creating events that inspire and have been interested in creating a Fibre Arts event for the past few years. So, they’re very excited to be bringing it to life! The festival is not only going to be a celebration of fibre arts and artists but 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. We will also have a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a meet the makers night with wine and cheese, art exhibition, cultural performance and much more. We’re not just creating an event, but we’re designing an experience you’ll remember for a very long time. This gathering will run for three days and two nights in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. The festival will be filled with three and four hour workshops with fibre artists from Australia and NZ, so you can learn to weave traditional NZ Maori baskets, coil baskets, weave flax flowers, learn the art of felting, macrame, crochet, make wool fibre wall hangings, natural dyeing techniques, create your own paper with natural fibre and many more.. Full details of tutors and workshops here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/2faf2e_676a736dd6fb4c579f3915e1d4605d90.pdf Numbers are strictly limited to 200. 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 went on sale in April. The event is for 18+ years of age. https://bookwhen.com/fibreartsfestival

     DIMENSIONS IN LEATHER Conference, Brisbane, July 1-7. 32 workshops from world class tutors. Live in accommodation available. www.dimensionsinleather.com

  TIGHTROPE is the title of an exhibition at Pine Rivers Art Gallery Strathpine until August 4th.  The environmental story can swing from great wins to enormous challenges, trying to balance the selfish with the sustainable. Tightrope negotiates the tension between consumer desires and responsible citizenship. Artists sift the multitude of attitudes about the environment and interpret them in new and unique ways using a diverse range of art forms including photography, sculpture, painting and textiles. Tightrope has been developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council. The gallery is located at Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. P: (07) 3480 6941 E: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition takes place from 15th June (when there is a Gala opening) to 19th July 2018 at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. The prize was open to Australian and International entries and the prize pool ame to $40,000 over several categories. Many mediums accepted including Textiles. Also Mixed Media. This is an initiative of the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. 07 4681 1874. www.srag.org.au

     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

9TH APT comes to Brisbane: major new works by artists Jonathan Jones (Australia) and Aisha Khalid (Pakistan), as well as two projects involving more than 30 women artists from the Pacific, will be among the highlights of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) when it opens at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) on 24 November this year (finishing 0n 28th April 2019). Announcing the first cohort of APT9 artists, QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the latest chapter in the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series would include new and recent work by more than 80 emerging and established artists, collectives and filmmakers from more than 30 countries. ‘Building on the legacy of previous Triennials, we’re thrilled to present the specially commissioned Women’s Wealth Project, that will introduce audiences to the unique cultural and artistic practices of women artists from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) and nearby islands in the Solomon Islands archipelago,’ Mr Saines said. ‘Cane and pandanus weaving, shell ornamentation, pottery and body adornment will feature in this project, as well as an immersive multi-channel video installation by rising star, AROB/Australian artist Taloi Havini, and drawings created from the 1930s through the tragedy of the Bougainville Crisis in the 1990s to today. ‘Supported by an Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant, the Women’s Wealth Project developed out of a week-long workshop initiated by QAGOMA in Bougainville, and it highlights the significance and endurance of women’s creative practices in this locale, expressing a quiet but powerful resilience in the face of major historical and political change,’ he said. Among the other must-sees in APT9 will be an immersive installation and soundscape by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones in collaboration with his long-time mentor Wiradjuri Elder Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr AM. Jones’ large-scale work includes hundreds of hand-made objects and explores the Wiradjuri gulbanha (philosophy) of dhawura (wind). Aisha Khalid, one of the most respected and sought-after Pakistani artists working today has created a major new work for APT9, a striking large-scale sculptural tapestry. The monumental work, created with fabric and gold and silver pins, weighs up to 200kg and has been commissioned with support from The Myer Foundation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of QAGOMA’s Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. The Jaki-ed  Project, developed with poet and environmental activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, will introduce audiences to the cultural significance of Jaki-ed weaving and its connection to the traditional spiritual and social structure of Marshallese life. Free, and curated for audiences of all ages, APT9 will be presented across the entire Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and key spaces in the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) until 28 April 2019. For more information visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt9

     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 Nov 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD – 15 February – 20 April 2019

Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD – 3 May 2019 – 23 June 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. Full details of the program at www.kayfaulkner.com.au or www.kayfaulkner.wordpress.com Phone (07) 3207 1481. Email magthrds@optusnet.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 (Adele Outteridge & Wim de Vos) has moved from West End to the Brisbane suburb of Yeerongpilly. The correct 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. Ph: 07 3892 4570 Mobile 0418875769

The 2018 Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, a project of the Rotary Club of Gympie will take place 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.