Natural fibre arts on show in the Redlands

The works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weavers and visual artists from South East Queensland will feature in a new exhibition to open next week at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

Curated by Indigenous arts curator Freja Carmichael and on show from Sunday 12 June to Sunday 24 July 2016, Gathering Strands will showcase the work of more than 18 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exhibition was the culmination of a two-year journey for Freja that had begun in 2014 with the support of an emerging curatorial fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts.

“Fibre art has a history as long and enduring as Indigenous culture and this exhibition celebrates the vitality of Indigenous fibre-based traditions,” she said.

“Featuring a broad range of mediums and themes that highlight cultural links to fibre-based practices, this exhibition presents oven and sculptural forms, prints, paintings, installations, collaborations and digital works.

“With a particular focus by the curator on strengthening weaving practices locally, the exhibition includes the work of a collective of Quandamooka weavers”.

Cr Williams said the exhibition included historical fibre works associated with contemporary interpretations, commissioned pieces and Redland Art Gallery collection works, connecting culture, identity and place.

Gathering Strands also explores the cultural links through generations as threads from the past are interwoven with the present, with stories and histories shared, traditional techniques reclaimed and new approaches to fibre art embraced,” she said.

Join the official opening of Gathering Strands with QAGOMA Indigenous fibre art curator Diane Moon on Friday 10 June at 6pm. To RSVP, please call 3030 4163 or
by Wednesday 8 June.

A free morning tea and floor talk with curator Freja Carmichael and exhibiting artists will be held on Sunday 12 June from 11.30am at the Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program and the Gordon Darling Foundation, and is supported by QYAC.

Evelyn Parkin, Honouring 'Aunty Margaret, Mum ad Grannies' (detail) 2016. Yunggaire (swamp reed). Photography by David Williams, Gilimbaa. Courtesy of the artist.

Evelyn Parkin, Honouring ‘Aunty Margaret, Mum ad Grannies’ (detail) 2016. Yunggaire (swamp reed). Photography by David Williams, Gilimbaa. Courtesy of the artist.