VIC – News & Events

     The 17th GEELONG FORUM 2017 has the dates of Oct 1-7 2017 and will again be held using the superb facilities of Geelong Grammar School, Corio Bay Victoria . FULL DETAILS from – You are not required to live in to attend, but if you do wish to be Residential, both Single Rooms and Shared Rooms are available, plus the usual high quality choices in workshops from Australian and overseas tutors. NOTE: Larissa Murdock and Bronni Packwood are continuing as the ‘Geelong’ convenors and are operating via Tafta Inc., a not-for-profit organisation based in Victoria: Exhibitions, Installations, Trades Hall, an Open Morning on  7th  October 2017– it’s business as usual Plus Some.

The University of Melbourne celebrates the livre d’artiste with ‘Art on the Page’ at Noel Shaw Gallery from now until 14 January, 2018. Artist books were popular among major painters and sculptors during the 20th century; they courted collaboration between visual artists and writers, and remain a source of inspiration today. ‘Art on the Page’ showcases book illustration work and original woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, tableaux and engravings by European and Australian masters. Artists include; Arthur Boyd, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, David Hockney and Joan Miró, with written works by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Oscar Wilde, Emily Brontë, Alec Derwent Hope, Gary Catalano and others.

At the Johnston Collection, Melbourne ( EXQUISITE CREATURES | Raised threads and mythical beasts with Alison Cole, Wed 13 September 2017 | 10.00 am to 11.30 am. For centuries, the making of embroidered samplers was part of a young girl’s education – covering not only needlework but also religion, morals and sometimes politics. Seventeenth century stumpwork embroidered mirrors, pictures, caskets and boxes featured a large array of both real and fantastic creatures. In EXQUISITE CREATURES | Raised threads and mythical beasts, embroiderer, teacher and writer, Alison Cole looks at the history of stumpwork, the stories behind the embroideries, the women that embroidered them and the common elements within the designs. Consult here for a full list of fantastic lectures and events coming up. Address: PO Box 79,  East Melbourne  8002. Telephone:  +61 3 9416 2515

     BORDERLINES: Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Until 24th September at Linden New Art, Domain House, Dallas Briiks Drive, South Yarra. Centred upon the thriving artistic foundations of the tri-state border of WA, SA and NT, Border Lines, brings together celebrated painters from the Papulankutja and Warakurna art communities and the renowned fibre artists of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. The exhibition explores stories of country, culture and community, further illustrating why Indigenous art making practices of the Central Australia region are some of the most important in the world.

     GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 18 has the dates of 17 – 22 March 2018 and will again be held in Halls Gap. An enticing set of workshop opportunities, for the opening weekend (2-day) and/or for the weekdays to follow (4-day). Full details will become available mid-year.

     JILL MIGLIETIA: Time : Place. An interweaving of emotion and memory, of time and journeys that map a deep, personal connection to place. 1 –  24 September 2017, Lamppost Gallery, 105 Koetong Pde. (Foyer of St. James The Less Church). Mt. Eliza Victoria 3930. Gallery Hours: 11am – 3pm Wed to Fri. 1pm – 4pm Sat and Sun. Artist Statement: I see my art making as an extension of my experiences, particularly those relating to the physical environment. I “know” a place by its colours, its textures, its patterns, shapes and lines. This knowledge is distilled and simplified, evoking the essence of place rather than recording reality. With fibre as medium, I build these evocations with physical and metaphorical layers, blurring the boundaries between two- and three-dimensions.

     Vicki Mason is having a solo exhibition at Studio Ingot in Fitzroy, Melbourne – The trees have names, until 9th September 2017. This exhibition seeks to remind us of the interconnectedness of all things by looking more carefully at the trees that inhabit our urban streets, parks, gardens and open spaces. Opening hours:  Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm; Saturday 10:30am – 5:00pm. Sunday – Closed.

The Basketmakers of Victoria have been invited to exhibit at the Bolin Bolin Gallery, Bullen Art & Garden from 27 Oct – 19 November in a show titled DIVERSITY. Check it out:

     FROM THE BOWER: patterns of collecting is an exhibition presenting artwork by and items from the unique personal collections of four contemporary Victorian artists, Loris Button, Deborah Klein, Louise Saxton and Carole Wilson. The artists are linked by their studio practice, their appreciation of textiles and traditional sewing crafts, their regional locations and connections, and their love of gleaning. Their studio collections range from domestic textiles and sewing paraphernalia, curiosities, natural history specimens, memorabilia, discarded books and china, carpet and linoleum, and old tools of trade. In this exhibition a portion of each artist’s studio collection is gathered, in an engaging and dynamic installation, alongside works by the artists which respond directly and/or relate to, their greater collection objects. The exhibition draws the individual artists together into one large ‘bower’ and creates a space in which the private becomes public. It allows the viewer to reflect upon the process of collecting, gathering and making.’ From the Bower: patterns of collecting; Art Gallery of Ballarat, until 17 September 2017.

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017. The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is accompanied by a scholarly publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances. Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Christian Dior Couture. NGV International Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions. On until 7 Nov 17. OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY . Entry fee will apply.

     Australian National Brooch Show: small wearable art show. Exhibition on show until  27 September in Fitzroy. Details:

    LEARN TO WEAVE Workshops at the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW): Join master weavers in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture.

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith: Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 2017 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham: Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 November 2017 10am to 4pm

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop. Cost: $370 (includes all materials: loom, clamp, bobbin, 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes)

Tapestry Masterclass with Marie Cook: Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice. August 8th to coincide with the opening the Kate Derum Award announcement evening. Details from

     The 2017 KATE DERUM AWARD has been announced by the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Venue: The Australian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne. The exhibition runs until 29th September. The judges were Kay Lawrence AM, Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia Board of Directors, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Tapestry weaver; Dr Kevin Murray, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University & Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Craft writer and curator; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Gallery, Lecturer of Art History, University of Melbourne, Curator and writer. Ema Shin’s (Australia) tapestry Soft Alchemy (Lily) was awarded the Kate Derum Award and the Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award was awarded to weaver Hannah Waldron (United Kingdom) for her tapestry To Houshi Onsen. Cresside Collette was awarded a High Commendation for her tapestry Garden in the Kate Derum Award. Two High Commendations were awarded for the Irene Davies Award, Munaw Poe (Australia) for her tapestry Freedom and Ingrida Ivane (Latvia) for her tapestry Impatience. You can view the winning tapestries alongside the finalists at the Australian Tapestry Workshop until 29 September 2017. Click here to view the full list of finalists

     “The Papermakers of Victoria run a broad program of paper focused workshops each year. Skilled tutors help you develop new skills during a day of information and fun.  September Workshop War against Waste –  T shirts and Jeans to Paper. Sunday 24th September 2017.  10am to 4pm Tutor Gail Stiffe. Turn your T-shirts and jeans into fine paper instead of  sending them to landfill. Learn how to use a Hollander Beater to turn all sorts of natural fabrics into high quality pulp and make extra strong acid free paper. Any fabric that is 100% natural plant fibres can be made into paper. Examples are denim, hemp, linen and cottons.  Papermakers of Victoria owns two Hollander beaters that are available for members to use once they have had a training session. This workshop shall be considered to be a training session and participants will take home with them paper made from denim and T-shirts as well as a small amount of pulp to use at a later date. A certificate will be provided to all who attend the workshop.  A fee of $10pp for prepared pulp is payable on the day. A materials list will be sent closer to the workshop date.”

November workshop (Papermakers of Victoria): JOOMCHI in 2 days. Date & Time: 11 Nov 2017 & 12 Nov 2017 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM. Cost: $160 for members, $180 for non-members. Tutor: Liz Powell. Registrations close 1 October 2017. Joomchi is a traditional Korean technique that could broadly be described as felting paper.  The tutor says, “I give this method a distinctly Australian twist by combining locally sourced fibres in handmade papers with easily purchased Thai kozo sheets rather than using only hanji (dyed Korean dak fibre).  I also take the pain out of the labour intensive process by using my feet..!” For further information and to book please refer to our website
Fed Square Activities PAPERCRAFTS@ THE NOOK.The new venue, The Nook, is being specially set up in the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne for groups. Papermakers of Victoria sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from 11am – 1pm. There will be demonstrations and the public is welcome to observe, to participate and to ask questions.

LOLO GREENO. Lola 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. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC from 8 Feb – 15 Apr 2018.

The next Members’ Exhibition from The Embroiderers Guild Victoria will be EBB & FLOW, on from 7-21 October, 2017. The Challenge theme is Take a Shell. Exhibition location: Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern (Swanston Street tram 5 from City to Stop 46). The gallery is open daily from 10am-4pm. Phone (03) 9509.2222.

     AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) competition titled REFLECTION. The accepted quilts will be shown from 16 November to 21 December 2017 at Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill, Melbourne. More information from

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE  is a major national touring exhibition. As the project title suggests Soft Core seeks to creatively explore notions of ‘softness’ in contemporary art. Curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate Michael Do and drawing together 13 international and Australian artists, the participants each reveal different approaches to ideas and experiences of softness. The results range from large-scale inflatables that spectators are encouraged to interact with, to smooth, small, flesh-like objects. The artists participating in Soft Core include Tully Arnot, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates, and Paul Yore – each variously utilises air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay, and plastics bags as examples of materials co-opted for their versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in the show are activated through electricity and inflation while others simply inhabit their softness. The exhibition is supported by an extensive catalogue with contributions from writers, curators and directors.

Soft Core tours Victoria as follows:

Shepparton Art Museum, VIC – 27 January – 18 March 2018
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, VIC – 31 March – 10 June 2018