Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a collaborative, playful and immersive exhibition featuring craft-based materialities with a political intent, by contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives.
Craft, activism and social change have long been interlinked; they have crossed boundaries and borders, genders and generations. Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms evidences this moment in contemporary art, embracing craft techniques in order to explore and articulate the ideas and issues of our times.
Artists featured in the exhibition include: Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.
Ms Mardi Nowak, NETS Victoria Director said, “We are excited with work with Warwick Art Gallery, to showcase this amazing exhibition, curated regionally specifically for our regional audiences.”
“Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms reveals the myriad ways that these artists challenge our perceptions of craft materials and approaches within a contemporary context, inviting viewers to rethink craft in a new light,” said Dr Rebecca Coates, exhibition Co-Curator and SAM Director.
Image: Paul Yore, Map, 2012, wool needlepoint, 90 x 101 cm, Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection, © the artist
Thomas went to the National Gallery School (Victoria University) and studied Painting under John Brack, Drawing and Printmaking under Fred Williams. He completed a Diploma of Fine Art in 1963. He graduated from RMIT University in Art in 1965 and post graduate Industrial Design in 1967. The same year he went to Montsalvat and continued his art career assisting Matcham Skipper with some large sculpture and silversmithing commissions.
His art career lead him to teaching vocational Art at La Trobe University (Bendigo), Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE (Townsville) - School of Art and Design where he became the Head of the School in 1988. He was appointed foundation Head of the School of Visual Art and Design at James Cook University in 1991 - 1996. Whilst at James Cook University he undertook research and studies and was awarded a Master of Creative Arts Degree in 1994. He opened Artyfacs Studio in Aratula in 1997 and moved to Warwick in 2003.
In this exhibition ,Reflections, Thomas will present a suite of acrylic paintings that explore and revisit places that have had an impact on his life.
Image: Redcliff Mildura Thomas Benkendorff
Image: Along the Birdsville Tracknear Birdsville, Queensland photo by Colin Beard
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|Dates||Main Gallery||Foyer Gallery||Dates||Orange Wall Gallery|
|2 Jul - 29 Aug 2020||
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory board, as well as
|18 Jun - 22 Aug 2020||
|3 Sep - 24 Oct 2020||
Warwick Artists Group
InterconnectionCurated by Gallery Director Karina Devine to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the opening of Warwick Art Gallery
|27 Aug - 3 Oct 2020||
Warwick State High School
In Sight 3
|8 Oct - 14 Nov 2020||
The Cherry on Top
|29 Oct - 5 Dec 2020||
On my Way
|19 Nov - 24 Dec 2020||Southern Downs Miniatures|
|10 Dec 2020 - 23 Jan 2021||
Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books
Artel, the creative studio of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, located in Redcliffe, south-east Queensland, provides the necessary tools, space and instruction to support its artists to creatively express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.
Works in the exhibition captivate on many levels – they have been grouped by the exhibition Curator, Lynne Seear, into eight themes: Places, People, Family, Voices, Sailing, Driving, Mark Making and Artist Books.
Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland in partnership with CPL and curated by Lynne Seear. This project has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project is proudly sponsored by Hutchinson Builders and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
|7 Jan - 27 Feb 2021||The Baltic Mini Textile exhibition on tour from Gdynia Museum, Poland|
|28 Jan - 6 Mar 2021||
Borderline Art Group
From Here to There
|5 Mar - 10 Apr 2021||
(The Incredible Lightness of Being) by Susan Lincoln
Crystal, high-gloss reflective surfaces, video, works on paper and performance come together to create a uniquely immersive installation-based exhibition, by Brisbane-based artist Susan Lincoln.
Warwick Art Gallery is excited to host Susan Lincoln’s YOU ARE HERE 2 (The Incredible Lightness of Being), the artist’s first ever survey exhibition.
Through her use of light, reflection, refraction and repetition, Susan’s meticulously crafted works create ethereal spaces for mindfulness and meditation.
Susan has a rich connection to regional and rural Australia, and it is the nostalgia and familial connection to these places that has left a signature mark on her artworks over the last decade.
Susan Lincoln says, “All of my oeuvre is a testament to childhood memories as a girl, completely spellbound by the light refractions around the room from my mother’s crystal bracelet in the unique light of outback Queensland”.
A key work in the exhibition is TRR (Light Vehicle). Standing at just under three metres tall, this immersive space gently draws audiences in to sit and explore what mindfulness has to offer without any stigmatisation. It allows participants to quietly pause and reflect, and to momentarily escape today’s fast-paced society and life pressures. In this space, light is reflected through lead crystals, acting as prisms, to scatter rainbow colours over the work and its participants.
Image: Susan Lincoln, TRR (Light Vehicle), detail, 2014-2019, moulded fibreglass, polycarbonate, acrylic, lead crystals, paint, timber offcuts, laser cut acrylic, monofilament, rug, 360 x 420 x 420 x 270 cm. Photo credit: L. Grosmann.
Work on this exhibition started in 2012 when Queen of Tea Cosies Loani Prior and photographer Mark Crocker travelled to six towns in three states meeting tea cosy guardians and recording their stories. From these meetings Mark has produced 40 black and white portraits of the interviewees with their tea cosies in colour. Their stories have been turned into an audio presentation and delightful quotes about family, friendship and the joy of owning something handcrafted.
This exhibition also stars 20 exuberant TEA COSIES created by Loani Prior, author of three best selling books, Wild Tea Cosies, Really Wild Tea Cosies and How Tea Cosies Change the World. They are knitted objets d’art, woolly sculptures; clever and funny, like nothing you will have seen before.
The exhibition was displayed first in Warwick during Jumpers and Jazz in July 2013. The tour includes the following locations: Mittagong, Northern Territory, Hervey Bay, Miles, Longreach, Bundaberg, Ballina and Canberra. The tour was completed in 2015. Mark Crocker's prtraits are now part of the Warwick Art Gallery collection.
This project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian state and territory governments and by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.