QLD News & Events

     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

FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL: 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. 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 going on sale in April. The event is for 18+ years of age. https://www.jtol.com.au/fibreartsfestival

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

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) continues until 11 February 2018 at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) ‘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.

Also at QAGOMA: A major retrospective of the German artist Gerhard Richter is currently on display. This is the first major exhibition in Australia of Richter’s work, and includes four jacquard tapestries designed by the artist. The exhibition is exclusive to Brisbane and continues until 14 February 2018.

Welcome to the 2018 WRAPT “Experience” to be held at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton. Saturday 17 March to Monday 19 March 2018. In the wonderful tradition of all Wrapt events Peta Lloyd and Nanette Balchin are proud to announce another fabulous Wrapt “experience”: inspirational, challenging and creatively satisfying at many levels. “For us it’s simply about you enjoying the “experience” of being immersed in your art and in your happy creative place.” The international tutor for the 3 days is Cas Holmes who was in Rocky in 2015: “Peta and I found her class opened up new avenues for works with paper cloth and stitch. Her process was structured but easy to follow and the results were amazing.” The format is 3 days with a fabulous tutor and likeminded passionate artists with delicious food as a bonus. No accommodation offered but it’s easy to sort this if coming from out of town. The workshop is titled Restructured Books, Maps and Texts. To get answers to any questions and/or to enrol, email: nanette.balchin@bigpond.com

    STATE OF THE ART QUILT 2017 (SOTAq17) had Sue Duffy as a Juror and 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/

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

     CIRCLE, the latest picture book (published by Walker Books) from award winning children’s author and artist, Jeannie Baker is the subject of an exhibition at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane in the Richard Randall Art Studio. The story book behind the exhibition is inspired by 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. The 11,000-kilometre return journey is the longest known unbroken migration of any animal in the world, and it inspired the book and subsequent exhibition, which features the tactile, exquisitely-detailed and textured collages Jeannie is famous for. The circle of life is traced in the exhibition and reminds the viewer that everything in life is interconnected and that we should strive to protect our global ecosystem, in which there is a delicate balance. Jeannie visited each of the locations featured in the book to see the birds in their natural habitat, then used unique materials from each of those places to create her artwork. The exhibition features beautifully executed collages made from tiny pieces of wool, earth, plant material, feathers and glass. The exhibition opened in the Richard Randall Art Studio in January and continues until Sunday 25th February 2018. Entry is by gold coin donation. Opening times: Wed-Sun, 10am-2pm each day. For further information contact the botanic gardens at botanicgardens@brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 2535.

    CIRCLE then 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:

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD – NOW until 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. 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. DATES: Term I, 5th February to 13th April, term II, 16th April to 15th June.  www.studiowestend.comWe are delighted to announce a four day workshop with renowned Asheville, USA  book artist Daniel Essig. Saturday 24th to Tuesday 27th March 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm. Numbers will be limited, so please apply early. A deposit of $125 will secure a place in this very exciting workshop. Payment by cash, cheque (to A Outteridge) or by credit card. (Please don’t email credit card details as it’s unsecure). 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.