QLD News & Events

     OPEN HOUSE at The Embroiderers’ Guild Queensland Inc. SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2019 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm. Email:  info@embroiderersguildqld.org.au  Website:  www.embroiderersguildqld.org.au

     The Christmas Craft Fair of the Embroiderers Guild of Qld will take place in Brisbane on the morning of November 24th at the guild’s premises, 149 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.

     Jenai Hooke Artist in residence – Open studio making 19, 26, 29 and 30 Sept. Arts and Ecology Centre. As well, Baptizing Blue is an exhibition of the work of Jenai Hooke. Exploring the colours of five plants endemic to the Sunshine Coast and their aesthetic relationship to Indigo. Exhibition opening – 5.30pm, Friday 4th of Oct.

     Available at GYMPIE Regional Gallery: Extend and Develop Your Art Practice. Join Hobart based professional artist Ruth Hadlow in this 4-day course designed to extend your personal art practice. Ruth will work with individuals who wish to focus their ideas through research, discussion, sampling, writing and investigation. Dates: Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 September. Fees apply. Bookings essential – Phone (07) 5481 0733.
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     Ruth Hadlow is offering a Master Class on Making in the Moment in Brisbane from 1-4 October. The program of workshops run by Ruth Hadlow operates as a kind of independent art school, aimed at extending and developing contemporary art practice through critical engagement with ideas, objects, texts, histories, traditions, material practices, lived experience, and the surrounding world. Regarding the Brisbane workshop: Many of us have only brief fragments of time available for working, which means little is achieved, or we have little sense of having a creative practice. This masterclass will investigate strategies for working with those 15 minute intervals or spare half hours, exploring ways to develop lines of thought and creative investigation, and enable substantial bodies of work to be developed within busy and fragmented lives. Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, October 1-4, 2019. Croquet Club, Yeronga Park, Yeronga, 4104. Email Ruth Hadlow for more details and/or a registration form: ruthhadlow@gmail.com  You can also ring 047 801 8851.

     SHIFTING SEASONS will again take place at the Richard Randall Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens from 23-25 August this year. The artists are again: Sue Ford, Lyn Baxter, Tricia Smout and Karoline Cumming. Gifts, artworks and wearables are available to enjoy and purchase.

     Mary Elizabeth Barron is showing Under Foot revisited at Childers Art Space, 72 Churchill Street, Childers until 22nd September. The beauty in the often less appreciated and unnoticed natural wonders beneath our feet are the source of inspiration for this body of work. Under Foot Revisited seeks 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 of this environment are complex and intriguing. These elements are often either un-noticed or considered green rubbish. Artist Mary Elizabeth Barron re-contextualises these elements using these natural materials and drawing inspiration from their presentation.

     Saturday 10 August at 10am – 1pm   TAASA Textile Interest Group event – Batik Workshop with Heda Warisan. (TAASA stands for The Asian Art Society of Australia). “We welcome Batik expert Heda Warisan and examine examples of old and antique Batik cloths from Heda’s collection, and proceed with a three hour practical workshop giving insight into the wonderfully rich world of Indonesian Batik textiles.” Numbers limited to 12 people.  Venue: At a member’s home at St Lucia. Cost: Members $25 and non members $30, all materials and morning tea included. RSVP: to taasa.qld@gmail.com. – a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 people for this event.

       At Warwick Art Gallery to 10 August 2019: My Tree Dressing Journey – Margaret Armstrong (Orange Wall Gallery). Margaret was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumpers Artist Hall of Fame in 2018. This exhibition provides Margaret the opportunity to showcase her exceptional skills and her favourite tree jumpers. And until 17 August 2019 at Warwick Art Gallery (Main Gallery) it’sWanton, Wild and Unimagined – Alison McDonald. McDonald’s artwork sits at the junction of sculpture, consumer culture and environmental concern; utilising multiples of individual recycled materials to create new forms and perhaps re-shape our thinking about plastic and its effect on our environment. By converting masses of everyday objects into visually aesthetic conceptual discoveries, McDonald’s artwork communicates the optimism in regenerating rubbish, whilst raising questions about the relationship we have with plastic and its supposed sustainability. 

     In the Foyer Gallery, Warwick Art Gallery until 17 August 2019 you can enjoy Off the Grid – Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians.  Our ever expanding yarn bombing team delights Jumpers and Jazz in July festival goers with fabulous and ambitious large scale projects each year. This year’s Yarntopians installation promises to be cosy and heart-warming. Tucked away in the Warwick Art Gallery foyer, Off the Grid will be the perfect spot to escape, recharge and be inspired during the busy days of the festival. At night it will take on a different and sparkling personality. The very quirky and colourful Yarntopian Gardens will also be back, with new surprises to discover.

     Darling Downs Textile Art Group’s ‘downSIZE’ exhibition is to be held from 22-27 September 2019.  It is held as part of the Quilts, Stitches and Textiles Trail Event during Carnival of Flowers week in Toowoomba. The venue is Glennie School, 246A Herries St, Newtown, Toowoomba. ‘downSIZE’ is an exhibition and sale of small, unique textile art works displaying members’ creativity.  Demonstrations of some techniques used will occur. The exhibition is free and open 10am-4pm daily.  To find out more about the Stitches & Textiles Trail  taking place from 20-28 September contact  Margie Creek  Mob: 0424 816 896 or Janice 0409 634 272 and/or www.facebook.com/Quilts  6 venues around Toowoomba  are part of the Textiles Trail: Salo Centre, Rome St; St Luke’s Church Hall, Herries St; The Glennie School, 246 Herries St; St Ursula’s College, Warra St; Downlands College, 72 Ruthven St; 7 Crestview Cres,  Blue Mtn Hts. Special Features of the event: Displays of 100’s of Quilts, Art Quilts, Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Textile Art works, Embroidery, favourite Quilts and more.  Demonstrations.  Quality handmade items for sale.  Light refreshments at most venues.   Opening hours vary, also cost of entry.  Check timetable on Facebook page.

     Tricia Smout’s Calligraphy, Books & Paper Classes in 2019: the Venue for all classes is Wellers Hill Hub, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi (UBD map 180, G15 (near a bus stop). All workshops are suitable for complete beginners as well as those wishing to refine their skills.  For Bookings & enquiries: contact Tricia  (phone 07 3379 1406 or ts@triciasmout.com.au) or through Eventbrite. INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY (including Layout & Design), 13 & 20 October; and 10 & 17 November (4 Sunday afternoons, 1-5pm) –  Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calligraphy-class-4-sunday-afternoons-tickets-53633207367  MAKING ARTIST BOOKS (FOLDED BOOKS)  Sunday morning 8 September 9am-1pm. Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-artist-books-folded-books-tickets-53633339763. MAKING ARTIST BOOKS (STITCHED BOOKS) Sunday afternoon 8 September, 1:30-5:30pm. Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-artist-books-stitched-books-tickets-53633746981

     FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL: www.fibreartsfestival.com.au   October, 4th, 5th and 6th – Sunshine Coast Hinterland (the site, Maranatha Recreation Camp near Yandina, is just over 2 hours drive from the Gold Coast and 1.5 hours from Brisbane city).  Last year’s inaugural festival was a great success so the next iteration is being planned and a new website will soon be announced. The festival is a celebration of fibre arts and artists, and 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. There will also have a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a meet the makers night with wine and cheese, an art exhibition, cultural performance and much more. The festival will again be filled with three and four hour workshops with fibre artists from Australia and NZ. 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 go on sale on July 1st. You can read more here:  www.fibreartsfestival.com.au/tickets

     New Woman, showing in Gallery 1 at MOB (Museum of Brisbane) from 13 Sept 2019 – 15 March 2020 reveals the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most significant and ground-breaking female artists over the past 100 years. Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography. Works from leading 1920s artists and advocates Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahey set the scene for the vital role women played in gaining respect and investment for the city’s arts. With Brisbane’s decreasing isolation in the following decades, new ideas of modernism and abstraction found unique interpretations in the works of female artists. While Brisbane artists such as Judy Watson, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt and Davida Allen are contemporary leaders on the world stage, New Woman explores the influence of generations of women before them. New Woman will include significant historical and contemporary works from the Museum of Brisbane and City of Brisbane Collections, as well as loans from various institutions and private lenders. The Textile Arts will be well represented. The gallery is open 10am – 5pm daily, 10am – 7pm Fridays and the exhibition is free.

     The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering will finish its 3-year tour at Caboolture Regional Gallery, QLD: 18 December 2020 – 5 February 2021. Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering was created in a partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corporation from Cardwell in far north Queensland and the South Australian Museum, and is toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by 19 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum (SAM) collection gathered from the Girringun region. Almost half the works in the show are basket forms made either from naturally sourced fibres from the rainforest, or created using found discarded materials like metal fencing wire. It has beautiful examples of both contemporary and traditional basket forms represented. http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

     The “Art and Artefact” Exhibition being staged by three artists (Helen McIntosh, Linda Murray and Fran van Krieken) will take place from 24-27 April 2020  at Richard Randall Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Each artist will show 6 objects and each will make a painting of one of their objects, also for exhibition.  

     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 is at Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD: 25 June – 23 August 2020.

     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 is managed by Adele Outteridge and is located at 241 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly, Qld, 4105. Classes available in the 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.  Guest Artist Workshops: a return workshop by popular request with Mel Brackstone in Cyanotype is scheduled for 10 August. Then on the weekend of Sat Aug 31/ Sun Sept 1st you can take a follow up workshop on Indigo & Shibori with Cathy Moon. To find out more about these and other upcoming workshops contact  Studio West End: www.studiowestend.com. Ph: 07 3892 4570 Mobile 0418875769.