TAS – News & Events

Tasmania’s longest running Textile & Fibre exhibition is in its 23rd year and the entry deadline has passed. The exhibition was open to all artists working in both contemporary and traditional textile media, with this year’s theme ‘made by hand’. 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.

     At Rosny Farm (The Cottage):  Collecting Women: Chantale Delrue. While learned men studied Latin, science and medicine at institutions, it often was the women who had the practical knowledge of grassroots medicine.  They collected specimens for the scientists such as Joseph Banks and Frederick von Mueller as well as for the apothecaries who sold their wares at exorbitant prices. The historic cottage is the setting of Chantale Delrue’s latest exhibition, Collecting Women. Drawing on her fascination for medicinal herbs inherited from her mother, Delrue combines drawing, painting and textile works to delve into the historical stories of women collecting herbs, botanizing and doing embroidery. Actual plant materials are used to produce some of the works. Smell and sound add to the immersive environment of the domestic cottage. Workshop info: Come and draw alongside the artist on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 and learn about botanical drawing or bring your embroidery for Thursday afternoons to join in  a stitching circle. Please bring your favourite herbal medicine recipes or stories to add to our herbal installation and come for a chat. The exhibition runs from 16th November – 9th December.

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.  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  Advice for interstaters: you might want to add a bit more time in gorgeous Tasmania  to visit  MONA, TMAG (Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery), CAT (Contemporary Art Tasmania), Plimsoll Gallery (School of Creative Arts, UTAS), MAC (Moonah Arts Centre) and Rosny Farm Arts Centre as well as a host of small galleries around Hobart,  & Salamanca Market (every Saturday). Not to mention kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Bruny Island, Maria Island, Mt Field, and many other beautiful places to bushwalk, picnic or adventure…

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! The International guest will be Professor Julian Roberts who has developed a method of fabric management called “Subtraction Cutting.” A special Master Class if available with him on March 5/6. Get details from the website: https://bothwellspinin.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.