Presented by Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Hobart as part of Ten Days on the Island, until 26 August: REVFERENCE [sic]. “Hidden behind the modest guise of Hobart’s LINC Tasmania is a cache of priceless treasures. From the classically beautiful to the delightfully curious, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is sometimes referred to as Hobart’s secret jewel. Over the past year a group of local artists have studied the Allport collection. They have read, drawn, photographed and dreamed their way through the myriad of pieces and in doing so, found inspiration for their own new precious works. From silk fans to historical books, colonial portraits to archaic household objects, the artists have taken stories and aesthetics from the past and brought them into the present. The pieces both revere and reference the old while informing and inspiring the new”. The contemporary works will be displayed inside the Allport rooms; interrupting the calm, distorting the known, and reflecting on change. Curators: Christl Berg and Penny Carey-Wells
Artists: Christl Berg, Lorraine Biggs, Irene Briant, Faridah Cameron, Penny Carey-Wells, Chantale Delrue, Diane Masters, Janelle Mendham, Leonie Oakes, Julie Payne, Diane Perndt and Francis Watson.
TASMANIAN ART QUILT Prize 2018: the theme is EBB & FLOW and the due date to submit work is 5 February 2018. Entries are invited from textile artists within Australia. There is a new category: Textile Sculpture (the prize is worth $750). The exhibition of finalists will be held in May 2018 at the Maritime Museum in Hobart (this is a collaborative project between the Tasmanian Quilting Guild and the Maritime Museum). For an entry form and terms and conditions email email@example.com or download from the website: www.tasquiltguild.org.au or phone 03.63763771. The Major Prize, sponsored by Bernina is $3,000. As well there is a People’s Choice award worth goods to the value of $500.
The Tasmanian Quilt Expo, Tasmanian Quilting Guild, will take place from 1-3 September 2017 at the Albert Hall, Launceston.
LOLO 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. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, TAS until 31st July 2018. (TMAG has acquired the entire exhibition from The Australian Design Centre; it will find a permanent home in Hobart from July 2018).
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 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart from 7 September – 26 November 2017. 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.
Art Quilt Australia 2017 is a juried exhibition with $6000 in prize money. All selected entries are automatically eligible for consideration for the $3000 Award of Excellence (non-acquisitive). Entrants submitting complying wool quilts may also nominate their work for the $3000 Expressions:Wool Quilt Prize where the winning work is acquired by the National Wool Museum (Geelong Victoria) for its permanent collection. The exhibition of selected works will be held at the prestigious Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania from Friday 7 September to Sunday 22 October 2017 and will be documented in a comprehensive catalogue. Entry in the competitions is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and OZQN members (OzQuilt Network) worldwide. Entries close on 7 June 2017. Submission is via the online entry form or by postal mail only. The exhibition has no theme. Large quilts are encouraged: maximum height 250cm; maximum width 200cm. Minimum perimeter 300cm (sum of all sides). For unusually sized or shaped works please contact AQA2017@ozquiltnetwork.org.au. Quilts must have been completed after June 2015 and must not have been exhibited elsewhere in Tasmania or Victoria. Expressions: Wool Quilt Prize: To be eligible for this prize, quilts must be non-traditional; be made predominantly of wool (including all layers and materials); have at least 60% wool on the visible quilt surface; and nominated on the entry form. All enquiries to AQA2017@ozquiltnetwork.org.au or see the website https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au/exhibitions/art-quilt-australia/entry-form/ or www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au