WA – News & Events

     To keep current with news from Western Australia, visit the WAFTA website: www.wafta.com.au  and click on NEWS. This site is regularly updated by the website manager. WAFTA stands for Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association and it’s a useful and active group, find out more via the website. All evening (General) meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (from Feb-Nov) at 7pm at Alexandra Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora. You sign in and pay $4 at the door (non-members welcome; they pay $8). Fabulous supper provided. WAFTA’s evening meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, Feb to Nov each year.

     WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) is a major event in the world of wearable art with selected garments becoming part of a well staged performance held over two nights (June 15/16) in 2019. An award winning brand, Wearable Art Mandurah is rapidly becoming a global wearable art leader and receives entries from across the world. All the 2019 info is now in the website, www.wearableartmandurah.com and if you would like to view any images from the 2018 showcase, they are all in this link:


     REVEALED 2019 WILL BE THE BIGGEST YET –  WA’s biggest and best annual Aboriginal arts event returns to Fremantle Arts Center with the Revealed Exhibition commencing April 13th and continuing to 1st June. With a rich program of public talks, art market and exhibition, this is a great opportunity to support and experience the work of emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA. With paintings, prints, carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving a more, this generous and enticing exhibiton presents the work of artists from remote areas alongside those from regional centre and metropolitan Perth. All works in the exhibition are for sale.  

     The Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market has quickly become one of the must-attend events on the Perth art calendar. Revealed Art Market will be held at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday 13th April from 10am-5pm. This is the only day of the year that Perth art lovers can buy original, affordable works by Aboriginal artists from all over the state in one place. NOTE: Tjanpi Desert Weavers organisation has been successful in securing funds through Fremantle Arts Centre’s Revealed for an artist mentoring opportunity which will see Alice Springs-based artist Kerzlake travel to Warakurna to develop new works with Tjanpi artists Nancy Nanana Jackson, Cynthia Burke, Dallas Smythe, and Dianne Ungukalpi Golding. The aim of the program is for Kerzlake to mentor and workshop with these artists to develop new skills and explore new mediums. Ideas are already bubbling away in the minds of this group. The resulting artworks will be exhibited from 12th April at Fremantle Arts Centre as part of Revealed.

Showing at Bunbury Fourth Gallery, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (64 Wittenoom Street Bunbury 6230) until April 7th is Tokyo FRUiTS: Twenty Years of  Street Fashion developed by The Japan Foundation, Sydney in 2017. From colourful decora to neo-goths and cyber-punks, influential street fashion publication FRUiTS Magazine told stories from Harajuku, the creative centre of Tokyo fashion, for over twenty years. Tokyo FRUiTS maps the myriad of trends and multiple identities of Tokyo fashion, through a selection of photographs from the publication. Developed in 1997 in response to Harajuku’s bourgeoning experimental street fashion boom, FRUiTs magazine (led by photographer Shoichi Aoki) documented the colourful characters that defined the creative and fun identity of Tokyo’s youth culture. Twenty years on, the palette of street fashion has evolved to a simpler aesthetic, with a stronger Western influence, and the FRUiTs publication drew to a close. This exhibition traces the movement from Decora girl gangs, Lolita, and Urahara kei, through to the more recent trends of Neo Gyaru, Nu Goth, and the Simple Boom. Exhibition hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-4pm. Contact Ph: 08 9792 7323
E: artgallery@bunbury.wa.gov.au

   IDOLS features the ceramics and tapestries of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Renee Do and challenges perspectives on gendered power structures and mythological archetypes. The exhibition is part of the Festival of Perth. Fremantle Arts Centre to March 31st; exhibition open daily from 10am-4pm.

     THREADS OF GOLD: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2019. The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is proud to be presenting ‘Threads of Gold’, a three day convention in historic Fremantle in September 2019 to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The timing of this coincides with ‘Wildflower’ season in WA so a perfect time to visit!  A brochure in glorious colour and full detail as well as online booking is is available from website  http://www.embroiderersguildwa.org.au  There are a number of post-convention workshops that may be of interest in addition to the 3-day convention at Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle. Embroiderers’ Guild of WA   Email:  jennique@optusnet.com.au   Mobile:  0400 682 078.

     Midland Junction Arts Centre West & East Gallery: DANJOO – INTERWOVEN curated by Lea Taylor and Greg Sikich. The exhibition runs to 6th April. Celebrating Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in Western Australia. Danjoo – Interwoven features artwork by eighteen Aboriginal artists who work in the south west corner of the State. The exhibition will present a range of mediums including painting, print, photography, weaving and video. You may wish to inquire about the Opening Night Celebration from 6:30pm: Welcome to Country at 6.30pm and concert by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Kalyakoorl Ngalak Warangka –  Forever We Sing from 7.30 – 8.30pm. RSVP | 9250 8062 or info@midlandjunctionartscentre.comau Hours of opening, 16 Feb – 6 April: Wed-Fri 101m-5pm; Sat 11am-3pm. Midland Junction Arts Centre is located at 276 Great Eastern Highway (cnr. Cale Street), Midland WA.

  WALLKA-YONG-A KAARDIJIN To Share Knowledge: In conjunction with Danjoo (see information above) – Interwoven, artworks made by Moorditj Aboriginal Community College children and participants of recent weaving workshops with Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor will be showcased. Visitors are invited to enjoy a soundscape of Bibbulmun words while taking part in the interactive weaving space. Curated by Lea Taylor. RSVP | 9250 8062 or info@midlandjunctionartscentre.comau Hours of opening to 6th April: Wed-Fri 101m-5pm; Sat 11am-3pm. Midland Junction Arts Centre is located at 276 Great Eastern Highway (cnr. Cale Street), Midland WA.

  PLACE AND SPACE: Shire of Mundaring Open Art Acquisition Exhibition. Mundaring Arts Centre to 31st March. Place and Space showcases the work of 33 local artists as they delve into their material and intangible connections to the Shire of Mundaring as well as broader concepts of place. Notions of community, history, personal memories of the area as well as the local built and natural environment feature strongly throughout the exhibition which explores a wide range of mediums including works on paper, painting, sculpture and textiles. Place and Space presents new works by Hans Arkeveld, Christopher Arnold, Una Bell, Terence Blenkinship, Leanne Bray, Ric Burkitt, Pamela Cary, Mikaela Castledine, Annette Dawes, Carolyn Francis, Dimity Gregson, Joan Johnson, Ben Joel, Bec Juniper, Bernard Kerr, Genevieve Hartney, Julie Hein, Franci Liebenberg, Malcolm Lindsay, André Lipscombe, Jarrad Martyn, Craig McKeough, Alan Muller, Isabel O’Brien, Narayani Palmer, Lesley Parker, Lorita Schmitz, Amelia Sonnekus, Alastair Taylor, Anne Williams, Lee Woodcock, Desmond Woodley and Katrina Virgona. Mundaring Arts Centre 7190 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring, WA, 6073. The gallery is open Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; and Sat/Sun 11am-3pm.

stitched and bound 2019: planning is underway for the 12th stitched and bound exhibition which will be held from 11-27 October 2019 at the Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda.  ()The gallery suits small to medium quilts hung on walls, large quilts (one-sided,multi–sided or transparent)hung from rafters in the ceilingfor viewing at eye-level, and 3D works on plinths or hung from rafters. Any WA resident may enter within the timeframe of 15th May – 30th June 2019. WAQA (West Australian Quilters Association) hosts this contemporary art-quilt exhibition. A hallmark is free choice of subject — no theme is specified. Works must consist predominately of at least two layers held together throughout with quilting or tying filament. Modular works area accepted. waquilters.com or https://stitchedandboundblog.wordpress.com/ The specific conditions of entry are here: https://stitchedandboundblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2019-SandB-Conditions-of-Entry-Form.pdf

The committee of FIBRES WEST Inc. is delighted to announce the dates for FIBRES WEST 2019: JULY 7 – 13  (2019). Lock it in!  Fibres West events are renowned for hosting outstanding and inspiring workshops with national and international fibre art tutors. Our 2019 program promises to be no exception! The launch of the 2019 program has taken place. www.fibreswest.com.au

Design your own workshop experience in Margaret River: find out more about accommodation (in a self contained studio apartment with ensuite in the village of Margaret River) and learning experiences with Elisa Markes-Young and Christopher Young here: http://no29.com.au/accommodation.html  Elisa writes: “You will notice that we have various workshops on offer as well which you can book via Eventbrite. We can do anything you’re interested in doing – basic techniques, idea development (you might have a story, but are unsure how to approach it, or you love a particular material but lack ideas as to what to do with it, or you’re stuck somewhere in between, or you struggle finding out which techniques or materials to focus on, or you’re simply interested in following my process and see if you can adapt certain aspects of it for your work). Hands on assistance with a project is available should you require it, editing of work, stamping, embroidery, bead and sequin work, book making, creative mending… There is also the possibility to tailor something especially for you, for example if you’d like to do a really intensive and extensive class, like, 3 or 4 days intensive and extensive – we can do that. Enquire, suggest something and we’ll see if I can help you. Of course you can also learn everything there is to learn about photography, design and typesetting by booking a workshop with Chris. And if you just want to sit on the deck watching sunsets and do nothing else – we cater for that, too.” If you’re interested in anything but it all looks a bit too confusing you can contact Elisa via the email address elisa@zebra-factory.com or via the contact page on website: http://no29.com.au/contactus.html  http://no29.com.au/workshops-intensive.html In the interest of connecting to other artists and giving them an opportunity to access this remarkable region, we have set aside heavily discounted accommodation for creative practitioners. You will have shared access to the larger studios as well as your own private space. It is the ideal stage from which to explore the region, create new work, write, think or engage with other creatives in the region. Just send a brief CV, your planned outcomes and proposed dates to info@no29.com.au. http://no29.com.au/residency.html