TAS – News & Events

Tasmania’s longest running Textile & Fibre exhibition is in its 23rd year. This exhibition is open to all artists working in both contemporary and traditional textile media, with this year’s theme ‘made by hand’. One entry per person. $10 entry fee payable upon submission of entry form. Each entry must consist of one piece or a group of smaller pieces not exceeding a total dimension of 1.2m in any direction. Artworks outside these dimensions must be discussed with gallery staff prior to submission. Applications close 2 November 2018: APPLICATION FORM HERE  For further information please contact Sarah Bishop at rosnyfarm@ccc.tas.gov.au or (03) 6217 9607. https://www.clarenceartsandevents.net/events/call-for-entries-textile-fibre-2018/ Venue: Schoolhouse Gallery Rosny Hill Road, Rosny Park, Tasmania. Telephone: 03 6217 9607. Email: schoolhouse@ccc.tas.gov.au Website: http://www.clarenceartsandevents.net  Exhibition dates: Thursday 15th November – Official Opening at 5.30pm at Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny.  The exhibition’s full run is 16th November – 9th December 2018.

  Tasmanian Craft Fair – November 2nd to 5th 2018. Held annually in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania, an amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work as part of the Tasmanian Craft Fair. The 2018 program is not yet available, but the 2017 program can be downloaded (12 MB file) to give an idea of what the Craft Fair will have on offer. Opening Hours of the Craft Fair:  Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm; Monday 9am – 4pm. Tickets can either be bought online, or at the entry gates (all venues). http://www.tascraftfair.com.au/

RUTH HADLOW is offering a  Conceptual Development masterclass in Hobart November 6-9. The program will focus 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 in beautiful Tasmania…), contact Ruth for a registration form: ruthhadlow@gmail.com

ERICA GRAY and life.e.quatic – this solo show at Penny Contemporary from 5 October – 12 November “continues the aquatic theme laced throughout my sculpture, painted and wearable art pieces. Works inspired by the natural aquatic environment and the creatures within. My interpretation of the complex structures, vivid colours and intricate patterning observed in a variety of marine creatures as well as a reference to man’s influence over his environment. A meshing as well as a symbolic representation of how coral and surrounding ecosystems, once autonomous must now cling to us in the hopes of maintaining their continued existence….” Digital Interactivity: life.e.quatic interactive component in collaboration with Zoran Architecture   Penny Contemporary is located at 187 Liverpool Street, Hobart.

BOTHWELL Highland Spin-In 2019: https://bothwellspinin.com.au/spinin-2019-overview/ Date & Time: 01 & 02 March 2019 10am-4pm. Venue: Market Place, Bothwell, Tasmania. Theme: “Life begins at 40”. 2019 will mark the 40th birthday of the SpinIN festival and “we shall be celebrating the occasion with a host of activities, special events, competitions and a surprise or three! The Committee has negotiated with Southern Highlands Council to stage the event in the beautiful Bothwell town centre. We will be inhabiting the park adjacent to Market Place, the Town Hall as well as St Luke’s and St Michael’s churches. The historic buildings and majestic trees will provide a stunning backdrop for the occasion. Numerous traders will be offering workshops, demonstrations and wares to buy; selected food and drinks vendors will keep you victualed. On top of all that, there will be fun activities, to create a true village fair atmosphere. Please click on the bold titles below for more information. The Longest Thread Competition: In this long-running contest, the aim is to spin and ply 10 grams of wool as fine and long as possible to be the winner. The Highland Challenge: This fiercely contested and exciting match of speed and skill will see teams of four comb and spin fleece into yarn and knit it to a never-before seen pattern. It’s a race against the clock, with penalties for lack of quality or faulty stitching. Fibre Craft Competition & Mary Simons Memorial Trophy: Many categories to choose from… details to follow. Fashion Design Competition: Set your imagination free and create wearable pieces to be shown on the catwalk. Categories for student works, commercial designers/artists as well as home sewing whizzes will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Winning designs will each be rewarded with prizes. Textile & Fibre Design Showcase: Anything from clever utility to beautiful ornament to bold artistic statement, enter your fibre creations in this display of creativity to be on show throughout the SpinIN 2019. What you present is entirely up to you, keeping in mind that the item should comprise natural fibres and materials and make some reference to Tasmania. The showcase is open to anyone wishing to present their work to the public and share a little bit about themselves and their creative process. The people’s vote will determine clear favourites and, in deed, a winner! Show & Tell: Share your skills and knowledge with visitors and fellow fibre enthusiasts in a casual environment. 40th Birthday Hat: Just for fun, create a crazy, over the top hat and wear it to the event!

MICHAEL KAY exhibiting to 7th September: The University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts operates three galleries across Tasmania, including the Academy Gallery in Launceston. Far more than ‘just’ a space to showcase the work of students, the Academy Gallery also hosts professionally curated exhibitions from esteemed local, international and Australian artists and designers. Until 7th September Tasmanian artist Michael Kay, whose textile works focus on “the artist as a maker”, is holding a show titled Towards an Origin. See https://tasmanianartsguide.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/27012/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tasmanian%20Arts%20Guide%20subscriber%20newsletter%20and%20whats%20on%20guide%20-%20July%202018&utm_content=Tasmanian%20Arts%20Guide%20subscriber%20newsletter%20and%20whats%20on%20guide%20-%20July%202018+CID_59f7d724085395329b094e48029612e8&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20EDM&utm_term=Towards%20an%20Origin

     Object Therapy opened at Design Tasmania in July and remains there until 19 September.This is a touring exhibition and project that explores creative transformation and notions of value and repair. In May 2016, 29 broken objects were submitted by members of the public to a team of repair researchers in Canberra before undergoing ‘therapy’. Items of furniture, ceramics, household appliances, textiles, jewellery, sentimental objects and even one human, were all treated and reimagined by noted Australian and international designers and artists including Trent Jansen, Liam Mugavin, Henry Wilson and Alison Jackson. In transforming these loved but broken items into objects of delight and surprise, Object Therapy showcases innovative design solutions while exploring the attachments we form with objects. As a project and exhibition, it encourages us to rethink our habits of material consumption while exploring and celebrating the role and creative possibilities of repair in society. Object Therapy is a project by Hotel Hotel. Developed in partnership with UNSW Art & Design and ANU School of Art and Design. https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-therapy/

  This year Design Tasmania  has joined with Australian Design Centre to present the 2018 Women in Design Colloquium, Sept 14-16. This year’s theme is Making a Design Culture, and will look at the different ways this can be explored: materiality, ethics, and identity. This theme will initiate talks and dialogues from people, asking the question: How do we create an inclusive and well-informed culture of design? Design Tasmania has invited professors, entrepreneurs, directors, academics, designers, founders, and CEO’s to talk at this event. Among this group of creative influencers are people who have built their practice around a culture that sustains a design practice, or who influence social fabric through a design culture. The commissioned exhibition for this year’s Women in Design will be a collaboration between architect and artist Fei Fei Feng (USA) and Tasmanian designer Michelle Boyde, who will engage with these themes. “We want to know what women in design are dreaming about in 2018. What are our collective hopes, fears and visions for a post ‘man-made’ 20th century world, and how might the future look with women at the lead? To find out, we’re inviting participants of Women in Design to contribute a dream to our online, custom dream portal. Working closely with socio-analyst and social dreaming facilitator Professor Susan Long, we’ll find the links and themes of collective interest and respond to these in a design outcome to be presented at the colloquium. Visit our website womenindesign.com.au for more details. www.designtasmania.com.au  Design Tasmania, Corner Tamar & Brisbane Streets, PO Box 1845 Launceston Tasmania 7250. +61 3 6331 5506 info@designtasmania.com.au

     Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels  opens 21 December 2018 at Burnie Regional Gallery in Tasmania and continues there until 4 February 2019. This is the 8th in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series from the Australian Design Centre. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania whose career spans 30 years. Her talent is magnificently displayed in the exhibition’s 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.