Friday, November 12, 2010

The University House Tapestries Publication

University House, ANU has produced a brochure about the set of commissioned tapestries between 2004 and 2007.

University House, ANU has produced a brochure about the set of commissioned tapestries between 2004 and 2007.


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

NETS exhibition

13 – 30 September 2010
Opening:Thursday 16 September 5.30pm
Opening Speaker: Avi Amesbury
An exhibition project spanning the textile departments of The Australian
National University, Australia, Novia University of Applied Arts, Finland and
University of Cumbria, UK and their associated communities of graduates and
School of Art Foyer Gallery Canberra


An international textile exhibition project spanning countries and continents


‘NETS’ is a global project across the textile departments of three universities: University of Cumbria (UK), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Australia National University, Canberra (Australia). The project aims to build connections between textile departments within higher education and explore new collaborative forms of education through textile practice.


Textile based production, the mother of both technology and modern design, is one of the oldest industries in the world. ‘NETS’ is a joint global venture between three universities with the aim of exploring current issues through textile practice and to raise the profile of textiles education internationally.

‘NETS’ believes in creativity, imagination and collaboration. By nurturing a functioning network between different textile institutions, we can celebrate the diversity of artistic power, dynamics and optimism of textile practice.

Each University will interpret and curate their own ‘NETS’ exhibition based upon the generic theme through collaborative discussion. The exhibitions will contain physical and ‘virtual’ examples of artefacts created by all artists represented by each country. The textile industry has always provided a platform for blending tradition with new technology. ‘NETS’ explores new technological possibilities, particularly those connecting people and enhancing collaboration across the countries boundaries. The exhibition explores new approaches to open source-based teaching.

The ultimate aim of ‘NETS’ is to promote and develop textile education and to equip our graduates with up-to-date skills to meet challenges and seize new career opportunities.


VIRTUAL ‘NETS’: A student exhibition

The students of the three institutions will participate in a virtual exhibition by sending images of their artwork produced along the theme of ‘NETS’ to the ‘NETS’ blog. An online voting system will be established to select three winners – one winner from each country-to be announced in Finland at the end of the project in 2011. Student work will then be shown in ‘‘NETS’ exhibitions that will be arranged by each of the participating countries and universities.


‘NETS’ EXCLUSIVE’ – the final exhibition in Turku, Finland 2911, is a selected exhibition containing physical and virtual textile based artefacts. The exhibition aims to enhance practitioner collaboration between the universities through a curatorial connection and provide academic discourse around the concept of the theme of ‘NETS’.

The exhibition calendar is anticipated to follow the schedule outlined below:

2010 - Cumbria and Canberra

2011 - Turku

The final exhibition in Turku will form part of the European Culture Capital year festivities. The exhibition and project will culminate in an interactive international workshop/seminar in Turku, Finland.


The ‘NETS’ experience will be reflected upon and analysed by all exhibitors and co-hosts / audience and curators. The results will be published. The accompanying ‘NETS’ publication will be directed towards practitioners, textile historians and curators, textile educators and students.

See the blog for information on work-in-progress:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Under the Influence - Objects of Obsession and Exploring Woven Tapestry
Opening Reception - September 10th 6.00pm -9 .00pm
Archie Brennan & Susan Martin Maffei are internationally-known tapestry artists who have been working in their chosen medium for a combination of more than 85 years! They have exhibited and taught in museums, universities, galleries and art centers around the World and have work in both public and private collections.
Gaga Arts Center
Brennan - Maffei

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Information from Ararat Art Gallery

About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005

About Time Australian studio tapestry 1975-2005 will be presented at Ararat Regional Art Gallery from 12 August to 26 September 2010. The exhibition presents tapestries by leading artist-weavers from Ararat Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection, alongside selected loans 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.

In the context of the exhibition, the term ‘studio tapestry’ refers to tapestries designed and created by independent artist-weavers outside of a collaborative environment, such as where production weavers interpret the designs by non-weaving artists.

‘About Time’ boasts some very significant tapestries by leading artist-weavers that reflect the aesthetics and concerns of 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 formal aspects of the time consuming and technically demanding weaving process itself.

The exhibition includes tapestries by Roma Center, Marie Cook, Liz Nettleton, Merrill Dumbrell, Alan Holland, Cheryl Thornton, Tess Crawford, Belinda Ramson, Gerda van Hamond, Kay Lawrence AM, Tass Mavrogordato, Valerie Kirk, Kate Derum, Cresside Collette, Tim Gresham, Sara Lindsay, Robyn Daw and Mardi Nowak.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director, Anthony Camm said, “ ‘About Time’ highlights the Gallery’s richly diverse sub-collection of studio tapestry and forms part of our ongoing commitment to presenting our permanent collection in new and interesting ways”.

“The exhibition reveals the potential for the sustained expansion of this unique sub-collection as a nationally significant repository for Australian studio tapestry into the future”, he said.

‘About Time’ is accompanied by a catalogue funded through the Gordon Darling Foundation. The catalogue features an essay by the exhibition curator Anthony Camm and short essays by established artists Kay Lawrence AM and Sara Lindsay and emerging artist Hilary Green, which explore the current ‘state of play’ with reference to their own practices and experiences.

An associated exhibition, ‘Some Small Way: small and miniature tapestries’, mostly from Ararat’s permanent collection, is presented until 17 October 2010 to augment the presentation of ‘About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005’.

‘About Time’ will tour Victoria with the support of the Regional Exhibitions Touring Initiative (RETI) and will be presented at Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough in 2011

Australian Tapestry Workshop website

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005

Image: Kay Lawrence, 'House/Self' 1989, woven tapestry, cotton, wool linen, 165 cm x 135 cm, Purchased with the assistance of the Victorian Regional Galleries Art Foundation, 1990.

Thursday, 12 August 2010
to Sunday, 26 September 2010

The exhibition surveys tapestry created over a thirty year period by leading independent artist-weavers. Major works from Ararat Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection are augmented with selected loans to explore the emergence and evolution of this eminent field of Australian textile practice.

‘About Time’ will tour Victoria with the support of the Regional Exhibitions Touring Initiative (RETI) and will be presented at Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough in 2011

LOCATION: Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat
PHONE: (03) 5352 2836

Ararat Gallery

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Australian Tapestry Workshop's newsletter

Follow the link below for the full PDF of the August 2010 newsletter.

John Wolseley at the ATW

Title: Fire and water-moths, swamps
and lava flows of the Hamilton region,
Artist: John Wolseley
Tapestry size: 200 x 300cm
Weavers: Chris Cochuis, Milly Formby
and Pamela Joyce
Weaving time: 1925 hours
Client and Location: Hamilton Art Gallery,

Monday, July 19, 2010

New name for the Victorian Tapestry Workshop

The Victorian Tapestry Workshop has officially changed its name to the Australian Tapestry Workshop. The Name change is a significant development in the history of the workshop, established 34 years ago by Lady Delecombe and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dialogues: Tapestry and Human/Nature

Dorothy Clews, Linda Wallace, Elizabeth J. Buckley, Katherine Perkins, Elaine Duncan, and Lany Eila

Dialogues: Tapestry and Human/Nature Tapestry 3–2–1 Artists:
New Mexico:
Elizabeth J. Buckley
Lany Eila
Katherine Perkins
Elaine Duncan
Linda Wallace
Dorothy Clews
Reception: Friday, July 23 6:00 – 8:00 pm Exhibit Dates: July 5 – August 20, 2010
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm South Broadway Cultural Center Gallery
1025 Broadway, SE Albuquerque, NM 87102

For more details call 311,
For Accessibility call 505.848.1320, relay NM or 711

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Call for Entries
Small Tapestry International 2: Passages
Passage is the act of passing from one place, condition, etc. to another, the route one travels. ATA invites artists to use innovative approaches that push the technical or conceptual meaning of the term in their submissions to the ATA's biennial juried small format exhibition.
The American Tapestry Alliance is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization seeking to exhibit the best of contemporary tapestry. The small format exhibition gives artists an opportunity to explore ideas and processes in new ways while preserving the qualities of handwoven tapestry.


Entry to Passages is open to all tapestry artists who design and weave their own tapestries (defined as "hand-woven, weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts"), either individually or collaboratively (all assistants shall be named). Multimedia work will be considered as long as the primary medium is tapestry. Entries must be one-of-a-kind and have been completed after January 2009. Artists may submit up to three entries.
Size Restrictions: The size of the tapestry may not exceed a total of 100 square inches (625 square cm) and cannot exceed 20 inches (50 cm) in any one dimension. For example, a piece can be 10 x 10 inches (25 x 25 cm) or the sides can be of different lengths from each other as long as length times width does not exceed 100 square inches and no dimension is longer than 20 inches (50 cm). Three-dimensional pieces may not exceed 10 inches (25 cms) in height, length, or depth. Tapestries must be mounted and/or framed. If the mount or frame is meant to show when hung, that treatment must be shown in the entry image and must be in keeping with the small-format theme. If accepted, the work must arrive ready to hang. Submissions
Image quality may influence the juror's decision. Only completed tapestries will be juried.


must be digital. For each entry, submit one jpeg of the entire tapestry and one jpeg of a detail.
Digital image requirements: jpegs saved at 300 dpi and exactly 1000 pixels on the longest side. Save the images with maximum image quality. Each digital image file must be labeled with only the title, e.g. Morning Mist.jpg or Morning Mist detail.jpg. Burn all image files onto a universal CD. Entries will be saved for historical purposes.

• Artists are responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the first venue and for the return
shipping and insurance costs from the final venue.
• Entries not accompanied by all completed forms, digital images and fees cannot be juried.
• Work that differs significantly from the submitted image may be declined for exhibition.
• Complete exhibition instructions will be sent to the accepted artists. Accepted works not completely
prepared for installation may be returned.
• Tapestries must be available through the last scheduled exhibition.

Kay Lawrence, Australian fiber artist, author and Head of the South Australia School of Art.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Breathing Spaces- Liz Jeneid and Diana Wood Conroy

Wollongong City Gallery 13 march - 25 april 2010

Click on the images above to enlarge. The images are pages from the exhibition brochure.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Generate - Sturts Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

Generate textiles and mixed media
by Julie Ryder

28 March - 9 May

To be opened by Dr Sharon Peoples,
Lecturer and Cultural Theorist, ANU Canbera
at 11am on Sunday 28 March

Gallery link
Julie Ryder’s exhibition ‘Generate’ explores the life and theories of the 19th century naturalist, Charles Darwin. Drawing inspiration from his five-year voyage in The Beagle, this body of work investigates the impact that this exotic journey had on his ideas of social and natural history. Darwin’s journey and encounters with inhabitants from South America and the South Pacific are referenced through works on tapa cloth, glass and textiles to give insight into his theories on natural selection and origin of species.
‘Generate’ reflects Ryder’s ongoing fascination with nature, as way of understanding our inner and outer worlds, challenging perceptions of chaos and control, perfection and imperfection - questioning concepts of beauty and veracity.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Victorian Tapestry Workshop’s latest work to be displayed at 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

Date 2010. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop's recently completed work by acclaimed Australian artist, David Noonan, has been selected by the artist to be his only work on show at the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia as a part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before & After Science assembles 22 of the nation's most innovative and exciting contemporary artists and artist groups.

Following on from the critical acclaim that the Victorian Tapestry Workshop's Yvonne Todd designed Alice Bayke tapestry received in 2008 at the Queensland Art Gallery, the Tapestry Foundation of Victoria were keen to commission a work that would challenge audiences to consider tapestry beyond the accepted norms.

Director of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Antonia Syme said, "Contemporary tapestries are becoming more prominent on an international stage as highlighted by the recent show at the James Cohan Gallery in New York featuring 13 large scale tapestries created by internationally renowned artists and British architect Sir Norman Foster's recent purchase of a large scale Grayson Perry tapestry.

"David's growing reputation in London and his keen interest in working with tapestry made him and his work, Untitled, an obvious and exciting choice for us," says Syme.

In transforming the work's very complex imagery, the Victorian Tapestry Workshop's weavers - Cheryl Thornton, Sue Batten and Amy Cornall - have cleverly retained the most important details needed to keep the sense of uncertain narrative generated by the work as well as capture the textures and mood.

"The weavers wanted the tapestry to retain the mystery and enigmatic nature of the artwork and have been careful not to over interpret David's forms. The result is a stunning and completely engaging tapestry that both David and the Workshop are incredibly proud of," says Syme.

Untitled, measuring 2.3 x 2.93m, has become the centrepiece of the Tapestry Foundation of Victoria's collection and will be displayed around Australia to promote the Workshop and the extraordinary skills of the weavers and highlight the breadth of possibilities in contemporary tapestry.

Untitled will be on display at the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 26 February to 2 May 2010.