The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial Tour
Currently at Port Pirie
22 August–4 October 2015
Port Pirie Regional Gallery, SA
3 Mary Elie St, Port Pirie SA 5540
17 October 2015–17 January 2016
Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW
76 Wingewarra St, Dubbo
30 January–13 March 2016
Wangarratta Regional Gallery, NSW
56 Owens Street Wangaratta
7 April–15 May 2016
Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, ACT
Level 1 North Blg 180 London Ct Canberra
28 May–28 August 2016
Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
Cnr Kembla & Burelli St Wollongong
3 September–30 October 2016
Glasshouse Regional Gallery, NSW
Cnr Clarence & Hay Streets Port Macquarie
Group Exhange: 2nd Tamworth
Group Exchange presents the extraordinary work that has emerged from this enquiry. In questioning what collaboration can mean for their practice artists have engaged in a dynamic creative dialogue and have demonstrated to us how new work and meaning emerges from relationship and exchange.
In this Textile Triennial, collaboration has opened up many and varied interpretations of the theme.
Each artist has provided unique insights through their rich and diverse experience and introduced us to new original ways of viewing practice.
In a unique one off playful experiment in July 2013 all the artists were flown to Tamworth to meet each other at the start of the brief.
The experience has been a highlight for the artists and has contributed to an illuminating Group Exchange.
Developed and toured by Tamworth Regional Gallery
This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; its arts funding and advisory body.
This exhibition is further assisted by the Tamworth Regional Council, the NSW Government through Arts NSW.
Works acquired from
Tamworth Textile Triennial
Belinda von Mengersen
The Dusting Cloth
A dusting cloth is located in a landscape of memory between the past and the present. Cloth is particularly apt at being able to carry an entropic metaphor–to represent fragile remnants...
Cloth can be completely impregnated and ultimately transformed by the ephemeral and insidious qualities of dust, for dust is matter caught between states. Dust signifies the entropy of life and cloth, and the inevitable disintegration of both. The cloths of my childhood are embedded
with the matter and dust of clay, flour, soil, ash, lanolin and salt.
There is an innate, tacit and quite haptic tension between the processes of making, erasure, unmaking
Where methods of print, stitch, pleating, tacking,
camouflage, unpicking and re-stitching evolve and
are re-woven into a palimpsest of compressed
layers. Allowing a consideration of what is told
and untold; remembered and forgotten or entirely
re-written within the folds of the story.
These layers of paper and cloth are bound with
stitch as a visual representation of quilts made
for charity at the turn of the century when the
Dictionary of Needlework recommended the use
of shredded paper for the padding because it ‘is
very insusceptible to atmospheric influences’.
The stitches mimic language, as rows of text and a kind of sound-line; they are breaking down and imperfect acting, like a ‘fermata’ or extended pause within a musical score; leaving a trail of needle-holes in the paper. By opening up the grid
of the cloth you force it to
re-align it-self poetically
Framework, ( detail) 2011
Materials: enamelled copper wire, stainless steel wool yarn
Dimensions: Three pieces, two 50 h x 40 w x 40 d cm, one 60h x 50 w x 40 d cm. Tamworth Regional Gallery Fibre Textile Collection. Image Lou Farina.
Belinda von Mengersen
Summer Hill, Sydney, NSW
The Dusting Cloth, 2011
Materials: Silk voile, silk organza, cotton, rice paper, interfacing,
direct digital print, paper, camel hair, alpaca fleece, and silk,
cotton, and linen thread.
Dimensions: 100 h x 150 w x 0.5 d cm. Tamworth Regional Gallery Fibre Textile Collection. Image Lou Farina