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     The GEELONG FIBRE FORUM 2019  – 29 September – 5 October. Enrolments for The Geelong FORUM 2019 (being held from 29 Sept – 5 October) have been open for some time. ENROL NOW if you haven’t already. This website makes it very clear what to do: www.taftainc.com.au You do not have to be a member of TAFTA to apply to attend the FORUM which will continues to be managed by Larissa Murdock and Broni Packwood (Double Stitched).  Everyone is welcome to apply and places in workshops are allocated as applications are received. Both Residential and Non-Residential options are offered (you can live in, or not, as you wish). Again, this website makes it very clear what to do: www.taftainc.com.au

     Tessellation by ROSE KULAK is a new collection of botanical contact print textiles, inspired by Darebin Parklands in Melbourne. Exhibiting 21 August to 1 September at BlackCat Gallery, 95 Johnston St, Collingwood, Victoria, 3066.  Wed-Sun 12-5. Opening night 22 August at 6 pm – all welcome. This is Rose’s first solo show. T is part of this year’s Craft Cubed Festival 2019. Instagram: @RoseKulak <https://www.instagram.com/rosekulak/

    KATE MONEY BOND is showing her selection of Tour D-France and Paris inspired works on canvas at Narkoojee Winery in Glengarry, Gippsland. She says: Find them at the Cellar Door of Val and Harry Friends Vineyard. Harry’s Dad was a dairy farmer and it’s been in the family since 1940’s. This is an ongoing exhibition. https://narkoojee.com

     ONE STEP FURTHER (Art Quilts) which will be shown at Bundoora Homestead Arts Center, Bundoora Victoria, to 1 September.

     Ballarat Ethical Fashion Festival17 to 24 August. Learn to re-use, re-style, re-purpose and re-wear over a week-long series of events. Mending and upcycling classes/op shop style workshops 
and more  in Ballarat, Maryborough and surrounds. Festival Launch: Ballarat Art Gallery, 1:30 – 5:30pm Saturday 17th August. Keynote address from Clare Press; presenter of the popular ‘Wardrobe Crisis’ podcast and Australian VOGUE’s Sustainability Editor-at-large, plus a talk from professional mender, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald. Also on Sat 17th: Ballarat’s biggest Clothes Swap Event run by The Clothing Exchange and the ‘UpCycled Fashion Parade’. www.ballaratethicalfashion.com.au

     Interwoven9 September to 26 October, This is a cross-cultural + transgenerational weaving collaboration
of La Trobe Art Institute + Multicultural Arts Victoria, Bendigo Emerge Cultural Hub. Part workspace, part exhibition, Interwoven brings people from diverse backgrounds together through the process of weaving. The project celebrates the creative practices of participating weavers in residence: Aunty Marilyne Nicholls, Ilka White, Regina Wilson and Emerge Cultural Hub. Exhibition / Collaboration: 9 September – 26 October. Participant Dialogue & Public Celebration: Saturday 5 October 12-2pm. La Trobe Art Institute Gallery, 121 View Street, Bendigo. www.latrobe.edu.au/art-institute 

       OZQN  – Oz Quilt Network Inc’s Art Quilt Australia 2019 will open on Thursday 5 September at the National Wool Museum in Geelong and will close on 15 December. In 2020 it travels to Yarra Ranges Regional Museum where it will be on show from 8 February to 16 May 2020. Selections for Art QuIlt Australia 2019 were made by quilt artist Leonie Andrews, visual artist Julie Bradley and Padriac Fisher, Director National Wool Museum (Victoria). 37 works were selected from 74 entries from new and established textile artists. There is an all-day symposium, Collectors and Collections, planned for Saturday 7 September, also at the National Wool Museum where you can hear from a range of private and public quilt collectors and be able to join in the conversation about their and our visions for art quilt collections. Speakers include: Dr. Annette Gero, quilt collector, curator, author; Katie Somerville, National Gallery of Victoria; Edwina Jans, Museum of Australian Democracy; Ruth Nunn, Australian Quilt and Textile Collection and Padraic Fisher, National Wool Museum.  $130 OZQN members/$150 non-members: to book consult the OzQuilt website https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au

    Ruth Hadlow is offering a Master Class on Ideas Development for contemporary arts practice in Melbourne, August 12-15.  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. The master classes incorporate research, writing, readings, discussion, project structures, and a wealth of reference material. There is a focus on in-depth creative investigation, developing attentive critical awareness, and engaging in a process-based model of practice. The programs are designed to stimulate, challenge, encourage innovation and debate, and extend individual art practices. The venue is Clifton Hall, Richmond Uniting Church, 304-314 Church Street, Richmond 3121. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-4.30pm. Email Ruth Hadlow for more details and/or a registration form: ruthhadlow@gmail.com  You can also ring 047 801 8851.

    At the Johnston Collection, Melbourne: FABRICATING THE WORLD / Study Series (curated by Susan Scollay). This series of lectures will outline the importance of textiles in the ancient world as well as key stages in their development over tim in Europe, Asia, Africa, North American and Australiasia. Consideration is given to the evolution of various weaving and decorative techinues which underpin the discussion of the appearance of cloth and clothing, and also the social and economic impact of textiles as well as their role in international trade and artistic exchange. The main lecturer is Dr Susan Scollay, an art historian with special expertise and experience in a wide range of historic textiles. Additional guest speakers will round out the series of fully illustrated lectures with a continuing sequence in 2020.  https://johnstoncollection.org/FABRICATING-THE-WORLD-ANCIENT-TEXTILES-AND-THE-EVOLUTION-OF-TECHNIQUE-with-Susan-Scollay~27435  The Johnston Collection is a multi award-winning and critically acclaimed museum that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to re-interpret the Collection through a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection.  https://johnstoncollection_org.myudo.net/About-TJC~11

     TarraWarra International 2019: The Tangible Trace: A man kicks a flaming soccer ball through Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, tracing a pathway through the dark city. A large piece of engraved concrete is fragmented into hundreds of pieces, laying in wait for the audience to take a piece away as a trace of the work. The trace of the sun in the sky causes fluctuating shadows and ephemeral visual effects upon five large, floor to ceiling panels. Showing to 1 September 2019, the TarraWarra International 2019 exhibition, The Tangible Trace, explores the notion of a trace as a residue or marker of a place, situation or body of knowledge. The exhibition includes the works of Francis Alÿs (Belgium/Mexico), Carlos Capelán (Uruguay/Sweden), Simryn Gill (Singapore/Malaysia/Australia), Shilpa Gupta (India), Hiwa K (Iraq/Germany) and Sangeeta Sandrasegar (Australia), including newly commissioned works by Capelán, Gupta and Sandrasegar. https://www.twma.com.au/exhibition/tarrawarra-international-2019-the-tangible-trace/

     The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, 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. It will show in Victoria at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, VIC: 20 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

     VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARDS: This is the largest biennial exhibition of Victorian craft artists, showcasing excellence and innovation across all mediums. Established in 2015, the Awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and skill in contemporary craft practice. All emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria were invited to apply with up to 100 artists selected. The exhibition runs from 19 Oct – 30 November 2019 at ‘CRAFT’ and venues around the city. http://www.craft.org.au/victorian-craft-award

     The 10th CRAFT CUBED Festival of the Handmade takes place from 1-31 August. This is a project of CRAFT (Victoria) located at Watson Place (off Flinders Lane), Melbourne, VIC 3000.

    Ararat Gallery TAMA features Hannah Gartside with Fantasies, an ongoing suite of sculptural works that engages the materiality and embedded memories of found undergarments and sleepwear to 20 October. 2019. Upcycled Fashion workshops take place in August. The gallery is open daily from 10am-4pm: 82 Vincent Street, Ararat. www.araratgallerytama.com.au

     Australian Quilts In Public Places 2019 is inviting entries on the theme “Metamorphosis” for an exhibition to be held 14th November- 19th December 2019 at The Whitehorse Art Space at Box Hill which is again hosting, and sponsoring, the event. The  2018 exhibition was the best attended exhibition they had ever staged…over 4,000. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis.” The theme has many varied definitions from zoology to magical, to a marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition etc., thus leaving it open for many different interpretations. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia (Major sponsor: Brother International). It is an initiative of the Australian Quilters Association Inc. Entries close 19 September 2019  …so get dreaming and planning.  For further Information: www.Australianquiltersassociation.com  Email: aqa-aqipp@hotmail.com Entry Form: https://australianquiltersassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/TAQIPP-2019-entry-form.pdf

     Australian Quilts In Public Places 2019 is inviting entries on the theme “Metamorphosis” for an exhibition to be held 14th November- 19th December 2019 at The Whitehorse Art Space at Box Hill which is again hosting, and sponsoring, the event. The  2018 exhibition was the best attended exhibition they had ever staged…over 4,000. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis.” The theme has many varied definitions from zoology to magical, to a marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition etc., thus leaving it open for many different interpretations. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia (Major sponsor: Brother International). It is an initiative of the Australian Quilters Association Inc. Entries close 19 September 2019  …so get dreaming and planning.  For further Information: www.Australianquiltersassociation.com  Email: aqa-aqipp@hotmail.com Entry Form: https://australianquiltersassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/TAQIPP-2019-entry-form.pdf

      The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 includes an Acquisitive Award. The exhibition runs to 12th August 2019. The Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to present the Contemporary Textile Award, which is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry. www.wangarattaartgallery.com.au/

     GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 2020 has the dates of 14-19 March next year and will be held as usual in Halls Gap Victoria. The program has been released and enrolments are open. 19 Australian and International tutors with 2, 4 and 6 day workshops on offer. Phone 0428825971. Email address: textures@grampianarts.com.au  Web: Email address: textures@grampianarts.com.au Dates in future years for Grampians Texture: in 2021 it’s 13-18 March; in 2022 it’s 19-24 March and in 2023 it’s 18-23 March.

 

    WEAVING CLASSES at the Australian Tapestry Workshop: For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email contact@austapestry.com.au

  The PAPERMAKERS of VICTORIA’s (POV) next group exhibition will take place from 21 Oct – 3 November at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre.  POV holds numerous workshops during the year: Workshops | Papermakers of Victoria. The September 2019 workshop is “COLOURING PAPER WITH NATURAL DYES “ on Sunday 15 September 2019  10am-4pm.  Cost:$80members $120 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe www.gailstiffe.info The October 2019 workshop is “FROM PLANT TO PAPER “ on Sunday 19 October 2019  10am-4pm.  Cost:$80members $120 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe www.gailstiffe.info  The November 2019 workshop is “BUTTON HOLE BOOK   “ on Saturday 9 Nov 2019 & Sunday 10 Nov 2019 10:30 AM – 04:00 PM.  Cost:$160 members $200 non-members Tutor: Barb Adams barbadams.com  To book for a workshop go to www.papermakers.org.au

        At Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) in Melbourne https://www.heide.com.au/exhibitions/melbourne-mirka until 24th August – MELBOURNE FOR MIRKA. This exhibition presents Heide’s recent acquisitions from the magical studio of Mirka Mora, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 90. Thanks to the generosity of over a thousand people who responded to the ‘Mirka for Melbourne’ campaign, Heide has been able to purchase a wonderful range of Mirka’s artworks, creative tools, art materials, furniture and personal effects for the museum collection. The donations made by members of the public were matched by the Victorian State Government, ensuring Mirka’s legacy will live on at Heide in a tangible way for generations to come. The exhibition also includes other significant acquisitions funded by the campaign, including the painting When the Soul Sleeps (1970), the famous Tolarno mural (c. 1966), and Mirka’s rich archive, with a selection of family photographs, diaries, mementos and correspondence with some of Australia’s most famous artists on display. We are delighted to share this new collection in Melbourne for Mirka, a free exhibition that recreates the colourful ambience of the artist’s home and studio, and acknowledges her remarkable contribution to Australia’s cultural life. The gallery is open Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm. Closed Mondays.  www.heide.com.au

    The Embroiderers Guild Victoria announces its Annual Exhibition, being held from 5-20 October at the Guild’s headquarters, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. The theme is ‘ARTISTIC NEEDLES’ and also to be featured is the  “Altered Art” Challenge (Robyn Steel-Stickland, proprietor of Open Drawer, will judge the Altered Art this year). www.embroiderersguildvic.org

     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 only venue in Victoria for this touring show is Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC, 6 December 2019 – 26 January 2020.

     Deadline of 10th January 2020 to enter the inaugural biennial Australian Textile Art Award worth $2000. This is a juried non-acquisitive award. We invite contemporary, creative textile artists from across Australia , working in any style of textile media, to enter.  The artworks chosen as finalists will be shown in an exhibition hosted by The Embroiderers Guild, Vic and will be part of a limited-edition accompanying book. Entry forms from www.australiantextileaward.com.au Exhibition dates: 21 March – 5 April 2020.  The ATAA is an initiative of Artwear Publications.

     2020 AQC Challenge: Announcing the theme: ‘Going Green’. The Australian Quilt Convention (AQC) invites all textile artists and quilters to enter. The AQC Challenge is an annual challenge for quilters around the world. Entries will be juried and judged with up to 30 finalists selected. Judging will be based on: Interpretation of theme; Design; Craftsmanship. A cash prize pool of $5,500 is offered. First prize will be awarded $3500, runner up will receive $1500 and the Viewers’ Choice will receive $500. Entries are due February 7, 2020.  Dates of the next AQC are APRIL 16 – 19, 2020. Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens, Melbourne. Open Thurs-Sun, 10am-4:30pm daily. 

     “The Art of Annemieke Mein” – a permanent exhibition rotating every four months. GIPPSLAND ART GALLERY, SALE.  Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat – Sun 12pm – 4pm. The location is 70 Foster St., Sale, Victoria,  3850 Australia. Phone: (03) 51423500. Email: galleryenquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au Web: www.wellington.vic.gov.au/Enjoying-Wellington/Gippsland-Art-Gallery

     The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria have a feast of Classes and Workshops planned in the coming months. Head to the website for online bookings or call the guild on (03) 9387 9222. Tutors include Amanda Ho and Ilka White among others – vast range of subject matter.