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.

Fremantle (Perth) in November: Artist Marie Mitchell is curating a textile, fibre art and design exhibition with a difference: WE ARE ALL ATLAS for Eco Fashion Week Australia. https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/ The Call for Entries is on the website and the event receives international media coverage. There will be two exhibitions this year, one in Port Douglas (Nov 4-10) and one in Perth, WA from 15-21 November. The venue for Perth is Fremantle Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle. Entries are being sought from all textile and fibre artists worldwide for both exhibitions. The Deadline for entries is 30 September. Perth exhibition link: https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/textile-art-designer-exhibition-1/

     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 and entry form 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:
http://www.stephenheathphotography.com/mwas2018 The best of WAM’s emerging and established artists’ works will be presented at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) from 3rd August to 9th September 2018. CASM is located at 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.

Act-Belong-Commit Elevate Arts: WORN OUT WORN ART- EXHIBITION & WEARABLE ART PARADE. The opening is from 6:30pm on Saturday 24th November, with a parade of garments from 7-8pm: Midland Junction Arts Center – West Gallery. Twelve artists and designers explore fabric manipulation techniques, clothing deconstruction reconstruction and sculptural forms using recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials, reconnecting with lost skills and working against consumerism. The exhibition complements the annual youth Worn Out Worn Art Wearable Art Parade from 7pm – 8pm, held for the first time this year in the historic Midland Junction Arts Centre and continues until 21st December. The Gallery is located at 276 Great Eastern Highway Midland, WA, 6056. This is a Mundaring Arts Centre project.

Showing concurrently at Midland Junction Arts Center – East Gallery (see information above) is Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives – an exhibition from Louise Wells. Family stories beyond the dates of significant events are lost if not recorded. Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives investigates three generations of maternal women in artist Louise Wells’ family. Through contemporary textiles, Wells explores their changing roles, responsibilities and expectations across the decades, capturing shared history and the cultural structures that shaped the paths of their lives. The Gallery is located at 276 Great Eastern Highway Midland, WA, 6056. Dates: 24 November – 21 December.

Jan Mullen and THE DECEMBER GALLERY (8-100 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle). For December Jan Mullen will exhibit with Helen Millar in a show titled HISTORY herSTORY New life in a harsh foreign land. The opening is December 1st at 5pm. Gallery hours in December: Open 11am-5pm on Dec 2nd; Dec 4-8; Dec 12-15; Dec 19-22. Phone: 0400309309. Consult the website to find out more, and to see how The December Gallery, located opposite the North Fremantle train station works: www.thedecembergallery.com.au

Tjanpi is excited to be part of Animaze, an upcoming exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre. Animaze is about amazing animals of all sorts with the work of more than 40 artists that includes prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, robotics, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats and budgies. Incredible animal sculptures by Tjanpi artists Dianne Ungukalpi Golding (Warakurna WA), Rene Kulitja (Mutijulu NT), and Cynthia Burke (Warakurna WA) will feature as part of this exhibition which is specifically designed for kids. It runs from Saturday 17 November 2018 until Wednesday 23 January 2019 https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/animaze-amazing-animals-kids/

stitched and bound 2019: planning is underway for the next stitched and bound exhibition which will be held from 11-27 October 2019 at the Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda.  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.au

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 We are currently accepting applications for the No.29 Artist Residency Program. 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