|2nd Tamworth Textile|
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST in the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial have now closed.
Thank you to all the artists who submitted an Expression of Interest.
The Tamworth Textile Triennial builds on the tradition of the Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennials, showcasing the work of contemporary textile artists.
There are few events in Australia that can demonstrate such a strong tradition of promoting and sustaining the unique cultural heritage associated with both the history and technology of textile practice.
The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial will provide a forum to explore current issues and trends in textile practice in Australia. Tamworth Regional Gallery is committed to building the profile of the exhibition and engaging with a wider audience.
Artistic expression—works that reflect a diversity of cultural ideas
Collaboration— works that extend practice through an engagement with innovation and technology
Creative Process—works that question convention through process and technique
Communication—through playful enquiry, works that employ a rich visual language through narrative and image
Materiality—works that demonstrate sensitivity to the innate and unique qualities that textiles offer: tactility, structure, surface, colour, attention to detail, pattern, a rich history
Interrelated—works that move between disciplines, traditions and contemporary .
Sensorial Loop 1st TTT
CURATOR Patrick Snelling
The curatorial rationale for Sensorial Loop was to showcase the changing ideas and professional craftsmanship associated with contemporary textile practice in Australia. The use of traditional and machine technologies, the collaboration and inter-disciplinary profiles of practitioners, the trend of slow making and sustainable practice is challenging and perhaps shifting the perception of the discipline of textiles within established groups and educational institutions. There is a blurring within the definition of creative practice and Sensorial Loop aims to capture that shift. For this show, I am focused on promoting textile making, working with hands and related tools while also promoting textiles as a collaborative, contemporary practice, which is influencing other disciplines.
The increasing use of technology in creative practice is changing the status and capability of the textile practitioner and I viewed my curatorial role for the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial as one of rapporteur; to examine, to report, to encourage debate around contemporary textiles, to educate and to engage with a group of creatives. There are few events in Australia that can demonstrate a tradition for promoting and sustaining a unique cultural heritage associated with the tradition and making of textiles. The original Tamworth Biennials and now the next iteration, the 1st Tamworth Tex-tile Triennial, is an event that is firmly positioned within the art and design calendar, attracting entries from a variety of creative disciplines, age groups, emerging creatives and established practitioners.
The process of selection, the development of a theme and the physical act of touring the country and speaking to over 30 practitioners in their homes, their studios and their workplaces, is a unique and rewarding experience for any curator. I found the process of listening and meeting face-to-face with creative people (not so fashionable in the age of social media), engaging, rewarding and democratic. As a curator, an exhibitor and a prac-titioner, I could identify with the artists and their passion for working within the textile discipline.
Tamworth Textile Triennial
1st Tamworth Textile Triennial
curated by Patrick Snelling
24 September to 26 November 2011
Tamworth’s textile exhibitions have grown in national and international stature attracting artist participation from all states in Australia, wide audiences and critical review. In doing so it has established an identity as a leader in this field.
The challenge has been to ensure that this exhibition continues to be foremost, to remain relevant, and continue to present work of the highest quality with a national focus. Curator Patrick Snelling’s primary curatorial focus for this exhibition is about promoting excellence and the diversity of making through the ideas that creative practitioners bring to the textile discipline.
This exhibition marks the beginning of an important new phase in the evolution of the Tamworth textile exhibitions. Previously known as the Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, Sensorial Loop is the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial. Whilst the rationale for the exhibition remains consistent, that is to provide artists and audiences with an overview of major developments in Australian Textiles, it is timely that we move from a traditional craft based event to presenting a more contemporary, questioning and inclusive form of textile practice.
The works in this exhibition reflect a recent blurring within the definition of contemporary practice; there have been fine artists enrolling in embroidery courses, textile practitioners working with architects and film makers. Sensorial Loop captures this shift and showcases some new directions in the field of textiles.
The Tamworth Regional Council must be acknowledged and applauded for its continued and ongoing support and its contribution to the realisation of this important national survey exhibition. I would like to acknowledge the support and contribution of Arts NSW, the Gordon Darling Foundation, and Visions of Australia in the development and tour of this exhibition.
Tamworth Regional Gallery
The Strange Quiet of Things Misplaced #37, 2011, (section)
Materials: textile/mixed media7 panels,
Dimensions of the complete piece approx.175 h x 375 w 3.5 d cm
Martha McDonald and Craig Woodward prior to the performance of The Weeping Dress, Saturday 3 septermber 2011at Tamworth Regional Gallery (detail) crepe paper. digital
Tamworth Textile Triennial
Sensorial Loop Tour 2012- 13
1st Tamworth Textile Triennial last tour date and venue.
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
15 August–28 September 2013
Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat Victoria 3377
T 03 5352 2826
Twenty Four Evocations of the Wet/Dry Landscape,
Materials: Woven tapestry
Dimensions: An installation of twenty four small woven
tapestries (measuring 20 h x 13 w x 5 d cm each) arranged
in a block that measures 90 h x 90 w x 5 d cm)
Image credit: Lou Farina
Would you like some cake?, 2011 (detail)
Materials: mild steel
Dimensions: 100 h x 100 w x 30 d cm
Image credit: Lou Farina