QLD News & Events

RUTH HADLOW is offering a  Creative Research masterclass in Brisbane October 2-5. The program focuses on in-depth research, incorporating reading, writing, material investigations, discussion with peers, supportive critical feedback, self-devised projects, and a wealth of reference material. So if you’d like to extend your art practice and spend four days completely focused on the development of ideas (with perhaps a small holiday on the side in sunny QLD), email Ruth Hadlow for a registration form: ruthhadlow@gmail.com

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/

HORTI-Couture 2018: a fashion parade of wearable art inspired by natured and designed by local artists. 14 September at 10:30am in The Japanese Garden, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Cooth-tha. Tickets are limited; $60 per person. This is an initiative of The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum. Book at fbbgsa.org.au

     House of Hope: Susan-Fell McLean at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland has its official opening by Janet De Boer at 6:30pm on Friday 19 October 2018. (The exhibition is open to the public from Oct 21 – Dec 2). House of Hope is a contemporary textile art exhibition by Northern NSW artist Susan Fell-McLean. With no previous parallels, House of Hope questions our everyday use of fabrics coloured by petro chemicals in three installations of contemporary shibori textiles. The exhibition repositions textiles as an extension of sculpture, informed by critical theory and celebrates seven selected eucalypt species in the dyeing of silk and wool, expressing globally unique insights and highlighting the iconic nature of eucalypts. T: 07 3829 8484.

     Symphony Of Fibre Art Exhibition. The Textiles and Fibre Art Group in collaboration with the Hardpressed Printers Group from Caloundra Art Centre Inc. are excited to present a contemporary exhibition, involving 35 artists. Textile and  Fibre Art Group will be incorporating banners, sculptures, installation and wearable art,  which will be a visually stunning and inspiring  “Symphony of Fibre” which pushes the boundaries of creativity and imagination. The Hardpressed  Printers Group will take you thru a delightful  journey to the Australian outback with flocks of printed birds leading the way.  The printers will be exploring the relationship with landscapes, desert creatures and flora thru the medium of print. Exhibition will run from the 5th to the 13th January 2019 from 10.00am to 4.00pm finishing at 3.00pm, on Sunday 13th January 2019. It will be held at Caloundra Art Centre Inc, 5 North Street, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast. Official opening by Janet de Boer at 1.00pm, Saturday 5th January 2019.

     CollabAnation: a fashion and visual art spectacular being held at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. Date: 21 Sep, 6 – 8pm. Cost: $15. Venture behind the scenes of true creative collaboration and enjoy this fashion and visual art spectacular, set amongst the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Programs-and-Events/Made-by-Hand

     “Wild Women Textile Journeys through Colour, Stitch and Texture”  – An exhibition of wearable and decorative art by the Wild Women Textile Arts Group will be held from 12-23 September at the Robina Community Art Gallery, 196 Town Centre Drive, Robina. Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday 9am-6pm; Thurs 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm. This exhibition celebrates the individual and collaborative journeys of the Group through the lens of memory, time, place, experimentation and artistic development. It will showcase wearable art, layered textile and fibre pictures of intrigue, exquisite and fun embroidery, select quilts, indigo dyed silks and other quirky and magical creations. The Wild Women Textile Arts Group members are free-spirited women with a passion for nurturing, exploring and sharing their enthusiasm for the exciting, boundless possibilities of creating with fibres and textiles. Based on the Gold Coast, the Group meets regularly at 11th Avenue Creative, Palm Beach Community Lounge and Library to exchange ideas and inspire each other through creative activities, challenges and workshops. Come and visit to feast your eyes and explore how the Wild Women are pushing the boundaries of textile art. Join us on our creative journey and meet other textile artists.

ARTISAN: STITCH CULT an exploration of contemporary embroidery to 15 September. Main Gallery, 45 Kings Street, Bowen Hills (Brisbane). (07) 3215 0800 | info@artisan.org.au OPEN Tues – Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm | Sat 10am – 4pm. Stitch Cult features Eddy Carroll, Emma Greenwood, Trudy Inkamala, Liz Payne, Demelza Sherwood, Jeanette Stok and Sera Waters along with historical works from the Embroiderers Guild of Qld. The curator is Artisan’s CEO Claire Sourgnes. Slip of the Tongue, in artisan’s Small Object Space, is an exhibition of new work by Sophie Bottomley. Bottomley’s exquisitely beaded sculptures are at once intimate, fragile and dripping with sensuousness. To 15 September. Full details of artisan’s 2018 exhibitions, events and workshops can be found on the artisan website.

    IN CONVERSATION with the Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland. Saturday 15 September. Time 10:30 – 11:30 am. Where Artisan, Corner of King Street and Machinery Street, Bowen Hills. Join President of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Queensland Deborah Love and fellow member Annette Parke, in conversation with Lucy Quinn from artisan. The panel will discuss the historic works currently on display in artisan’s embroidery exhibition Stitch Cult. The six hand embroidered aprons on loan from the guild were made in the 1920s and 1930s. The aprons depict iconic Australian imagery, the Sydney Harbour bridge, Phar Lap, idyllic women, native fauna and floral emblems. The aprons speak of national aspiration in the post-federation era and demonstrate the technical proficiency and presence of embroidery in the home. Join us after to conversation for a light morning tea. Free event, but please register to avoid disappointment. https://artisan.org.au/blogs/events/in-conversation

 LONE STAR – work by Mona Ryder will be shown in the Main Gallery & Small Object Space at ARTISAN from 2 November 2018 – 16 February 2019. For almost half a century, significant Australian artist Mona Ryder has challenged us with her exploration into relationships, memory and gendered rituals. Free from constraint, she has crafted a dynamic body of work through a prolific and playful experimentation with her subject matter. Every element is of her hand: from the mussel shells preserved from meals shared with friends to scarlet stockings borne of Mona’s backyard dye pot to the furniture and objects she fashions, each piece shares a deeply personal story. Touchingly, Lone Star also explores Mona’s recent grief. Artisan is honoured to host this timely exhibition by an internationally regarded artist. CURATOR’S TOUR 22 November. Time 12:30 – 1pm. Cost Free. Get to know the stories behind the artworks in Lone Star in a guided tour by Artisan’s curator. Meet in the Gallery at 12:30pm. (Artisan is located at 45 Kings Street, Bowen Hills).  https://artisan.org.au

The Christmas Craft Fair of the Embroiderers Guild of Qld will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. The doors will open at 9.00am and close at 2.00pm. The Gift Shop table offers handmade and embroidered items for sale. Guild members are encouraged to provide at least two small hand embroidered items for the Gift Shop at each Fair. Anna Walters manages the Gift Shop table.  Anna will provide information on the types of items needed.

Second Hand Rose is managed by Rhonda Searle and offers for sale, embroidery supplies that are no longer needed, at a reasonable cost. To enable Rhonda and her team to prepare, price and package sale items, please ensure your unwanted embroidery supplies, second hand books/magazines, haberdashery, fabrics, kits, patterns, notions, are at the Guild by Saturday 17th November. The traditional tea rooms provide morning teas for the duration of the Fair. www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au

PAST EMBELLISHMENTS 5 Dec 2018 – 5 January 2019. Huge du Rietz Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery. For over 20 years Robyn Jellicoe, a local fiber artist, has for no rhyme or reason, been compulsively embellishing her artwork, often being inspired to change the original narrative as the whim takes her. This has been achieved through a fusion or collision of art, fantasy, textiles, found objects and everyday items, using a variety of techniques and materials such as silk, beading and embroidery.

     SCATTERED ARTS (Scattered Arts Fine Art and Craft Gallery, Coorparoo) invites entries from Queenslanders for the Scattered Arts Fine Art and Craft Prize for 2018. The theme of this year’s prize is “TIES”“Best-in-Show” is to be awarded $1000 from a total prize pool of $2000. There are categories for Painting, Jewellery, Textiles & Fibre, 3-D and Students. . Winners are announced at the opening event Friday 7 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm:  6 Newman Ave Camp Hill 4152. Telephone 07 3398 9370. Email scattart@bigpond.net.au www.scatteredarts.com.au

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 the Convention Centre in Brisbane October 3rd- 7th. Then Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery from January 21st-March 10th 2019.

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

The FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL (see details above) has added five new facilitators to their program. These include   Catriona Pollard with Twining soft sculpture using hemp cord; Lanny Mackenzie with Weaving a Mandala – Twining soft sculpture using hemp cord; Renee Blackwell with Making Earrings with fibre, fabric and beads; Brooke Bullock with Create a Kokedama (the bonsai art of Kokedama苔玉 where you create your own individual masterpiece using natural materials such as moss & husk – and Sam Everett with Something from Nothing, with Love… you will have the support and direction to create wearable textile art-based jewellery including fascinators, wrist cuffs, brooches, collars or small-scale fabric series in 2D and 3D. Remember you choose your workshops when booking and to find out more about the festival, just visit:  www.fibreartsfestival.com.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

OPEN HOUSE 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. The ARTISTS for the 3rd Tamworth Triennial are Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts, Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok and Meredith Woolnough. Exhibition curator, Glenn Barkley; read his catalogue essay here: https://keo-cms.appspot.com.storage.googleapis.com/sites/regional-gallery/assets/92041bd7-95dd-4a89-a132-a637ad1a1e82/TTT%20Barkley%20Essay.pdf The exhibition will be at Artisan – Queensland’s Centre for Craft and Design: 23 February – 27 April 2019. It finishes its nationwide tour at Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD: 25 June – 23 August 2020

     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.