Friday, January 28, 2011

Heading to Horsham to talk Tapestry...

Playing The Game
Playing the Game, woven tapestry by Mardi Nowak.  Part of the exhibition About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005.

My work is currently on display in this exhibition at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery.  I am heading over there in the next couple of weeks to also give some presentations about tapestry.  Should be loads of fun!

Below is taken from the HRAG website.  To find out more about the public programs, go here!

About Time: Australian studio tapestry 1975 - 2005
22 January – 6 March 2011

The exhibition is rare in its focus on the emergence and development of the Australian studio tapestry movement. The term ‘studio tapestry’ refers to tapestries designed and created by artist-weavers working outside of a collaborative environment, such as where production weavers interpret the designs by non-weaving artists.

‘About Time’ presents tapestries over a thirty year period by leading independant artist-weavers, beginning with several important early works which capture the optimism of the craft boom of the 1970s. The exhibition also explores how the independent studio tapestry scene was profoundly influenced, and indeed propelled, by the establishment of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in 1976.

The featured tapestries reflect the aesthetics and ideas prevalent in each decade: bold and colourful abstract works of the 1970s, whimsical and expressive figurative works from the 1980s and more recent tapestries that examine the inherent formal aspects of the time consuming and technically demanding weaving process itself.

Most of the featured tapestries are from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection, but selected loans have been sourced from public and private collections to highlight the key influences and formal and conceptual concerns that have shaped the character of studio tapestry during this formative period. The exhibition includes tapestries by Roma Center, Belinda Ramson, Marie Cook, Liz Nettleton, Merrill Dumbrell, Alan Holland, Cheryl Thornton, Tess Crawford, Gerda van Hamond, Kay Lawrence AM, Tass Mavrogordato, Valerie Kirk, Kate Derum, Cresside Collette, Tim Gresham, Sara Lindsay, Robyn Daw and Mardi Nowak.

The exhibition highlights Ararat Regional Art Gallery’s richly diverse sub-collection of studio tapestry and is part of its commitment to interpreting and presenting its permanent collection in new and interesting ways. The potential and importance of the sustained expansion of this distinctive sub-collection as a repository for Australian studio tapestry is also explored in the exhibition.

Touring details:
Horsham Regional Art Gallery - 22 January to 6 March 2011
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery - 1 July to 14 August 2011
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough - 4 Sept to 9 Oct 2011

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