QLD News & Events

     PARTNERS IN TEXTILE continues until 20th September 2017 at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy. This exhibition involves the work of Helen McIntosh, Cathy Moon and Sybil Orr. Gallery hours: 10am-4pm, Tues-Fri; weekends 10am-3pm.

     DISRUPTIVE PATTERNS featuring Kathryn Blumke, Allyson Reynolds and Jemima Wyman is on Pine Rivers Art Gallery (Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine) from 16 September – 11 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. Exhibition developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council. P: (07) 3480 6941. E: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

     CARAVAN of CURIOSITIES at Gympie Regional Gallery, until 9th September 2017. A sentimental, intriguing and whimsical exhibition by Nanette Balchin, Peta Lloyd and Emma Ward. Location: 39 Nash Street Gympie | 07 54810733 | gallery@gympie.qld.gov.au Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm | Entry is Free

CONCEAL REVEAL Entwined Threads: Junee Groeneweg, Carol Wilkes, Marion Douglas, Joan Morrison, Rhonda Rettke, Fay Pedley and Ellen Kelly. Gympie Regional Gallery, 39 Nash Street Gympie from 12 September – 5 October in Gallery 3. The Entwined Threads group collectively combine art, design and textile practices to present their first collaborative exhibition. Each artist employs her own personal genre to interpret the concept of Conceal Reveal. The Guest Opening Speaker will be Cynthia Morgan, 1:30pm on Saturday 16 September. Free entry, cash bar, refreshments served, all welcome. The Gallery’s opening hours are Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm.

     BEYOND THE BALE : celebrating wool , silk and other fibres through the medium of felt. Contributing artists : Marion Douglas, Pam Healy, Raewyn Penrose and Margaret Sturrock. Exhibited at the Roma on Bungil Gallery,  Roma until September 3 2017.

     KIM SCHOENBERGER’s recent solo exhibition Papillon  will be in gallery 2, 3 & 4 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland until Sunday 8 October, 2017.

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.

  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. 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) from 4 November 2017 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. ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ is at the National Gallery Singapore until 3 September 2017, ahead of its presentation at GOMA from 4 November 2017 to 11 February 2018.

     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 and will feature at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair, 4-8 October, 2017. It will then 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

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 rosevalegirl@gmail.com.  Website www.feltmakers SHFC2017.com

      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. Venue coming up for this touring exhibition: Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD. until 3 Sept 2017.

     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 full year: 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 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 WORKSHOPS COMING UP: Rusting on Paper with Adele Outteridge, Saturday 23rd September, 9.30am to 4.00pm. The fee is $150 for the day, chemicals and equipment supplied. A deposit of $50 will secure a place. You will need to bring papers, disposable gloves, old newspapers and an optional bristle brush. Old clothes must be worn as the rust stains cannot be removed from fabric. See class outline below. Class size is limited to 6. Working with Perspex, with Wim de Vos on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October, 9.30am to 4.00pm. The fee is $300, this includes solvent and use of equipment. A deposit of $50 will secure a place. Class size is limited to 6. See materials list and outline below. 2018 Summer Workshop: Dates and details of Studio West End’s 2018 Summer Workshop will be out soon.

     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