TAS – News & Events

     Marjorie Bligh: Domestic GoddessOn display at the Queen Victoria Museum Inveresk (Launceston) until 29 March 2020.  Marjorie Bligh is a Tasmanian icon, well-known for her advice on household management, craft, cooking, gardening, and even relationships. Through 96 years, she made a lasting impact on generations of Tasmanians, and even had an effect on Barry Humphries’ famous housewife Dame Edna Everage. Marjorie Bligh: Domestic Goddess looks at Marjorie’s life, from her early years in Ross and home-making in Campbell Town, to her later celebrity in Devonport. The exhibition showcases many of Marjorie’s handmade items, collections, mementos from travel, scrapbooks, personal photographs, signed editions of her books, and numerous awards. In particular the exhibition focusses on her thrift and use of recycled material. It features a reproduction of her guest bedroom and a craft space, so you too can recycle materials like Marjorie. If you were already familiar with Marjorie Bligh, prepare for a trip down memory lane. If you have not encountered her work, get ready for a surprise! https://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/Exhibitions/Now-Showing/TemporaryTouring/Marjorie-Bligh-Domestic-Goddess

     YARN BOMBING FOR MARJORIE : Members of the Embroiderers Guild of Tasmania have been involved with this community art project organised by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk as an adjunction to their Domestic Goddess exhibition (see information above). This exhibition celebrates works by Marjorie Blythe who is well known throughout Tasmania but especially in the North and North West. “We have knitted, crocheted and decorated art panels to adorn the yellow poles at the entrance of the museum. Smaller pieces have been placed throughout the museum in unexpected places – a penguin has a scarf and Sue Hayes’ apple tree is at the top of the stairs. We have met participants from diverse backgrounds at the community days – Bhutanese refugees who have knitted their carpets designs from memory into panel pieces as well as teaching us how to tie their head scarves. Members of the natural history department have been compelled to make native animals as their contribution and they are very realistic. Specific items made by Guild members can be found on the stairs, the traverser, in the display cases with the natural history specimens (can you find the 5 little apricot fish?) and on the art panels outside. This exhibition is open until the end of July whilst the Domestic Goddess is open for twelve months. Both exhibitions are suitable for all ages. https://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/Exhibitions/Now-Showing/TemporaryTouring/Marjorie-Bligh-Domestic-Goddess

     Ruth Hadlow is offering a Master Class on Poetics of Place in Hobart from 5-8 November. 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 Hobart workshop: What might place mean to you and how might it be articulated or interpreted? Sometimes the most significant sense of place is located in memory, in associations, sensory responses, language, objects or materials, rather than through classic landscape forms. This masterclass will explore the poetic dimensions and subjective nature of place, and investigate ways of approaching these subtle territories of relations.Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, November 5-8, 2019 . TopSpace Studio Gallery, 109 Elizabeth St , Hobart, 7000 Email Ruth Hadlow for more details and/or a registration form: ruthhadlow@gmail.com  You can also ring 047 801 8851.