Local Colour: Experiments in Nature
- When 28 Jul - 15 Sep 2018
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM–5PM
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'Local Colour: Experiments in Nature' features artists and designers with an interest in sustainable practices, local ecologies and an appreciation for the world’s natural resources.
Participants in this project have a common interest in experimenting with locally sourced plant materials to extract unique colour for artworks created from naturally coloured materials. The exhibition highlights the resurgent international shift towards natural dyes, the increased interest in ‘slow textiles’, the handmade and holistic practice of textile making.
Social, cultural and political issues ranging from climate change, land use, individual and environmental wellbeing are expressed in works coloured by plant dyes and pigments. Presenting contemporary work by Australian and international artists, designers and social enterprise groups, 'Local Colour' illustrates the vitality, diversity, breadth and beauty of this practice that’s now enjoying a renaissance across the world.
Adiv Pure Nature
Mandy Batjula Gaykamangu
and Elsje van Keppel
Associate Professor Liz Williamson
Judith Kentish Kobble Creek Weavings 1-20 2017–18. Installation view, 'Local Colour: Experiments in Nature', UNSW Galleries 2018. Photograph: Silversalt Photography
Installation view, 'Local Colour: Experiments in Nature', UNSW Galleries 2018. Pictured: Mandy Batjula Bathi Mul (Black Dilly Bags) 2018; Margaret Rarru Gunga Bathi 2018; Helen Ganalmirriwuy Bathi Mul 2018 and Gunga Mats (Pandanus Mats) 2018. Photograph: Silversalt Photography
Wednesday 5 and Thursdsay 6 September, UNSW Galleries
UNSW Galleries opens late to coincide with the Australian Design Centre screenings of 'Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival'. In the lead up to Sydney Craft Week, 'Real to Reel' is a short film festival that celebrates craft and making in all its facets: traditional, contemporary, subversive and diverse. Featuring an eclectic program of 28 short films (across two screenings), the films have been selected from around the globe. There’s an incredible array of styles, people and approaches — from BAFTA-winning, hand-crafted animation and music videos to glimpses behind the scenes of makers’ studios.
The craft festival includes a short film about Sydney weaver and UNSW Lecturer Liz Williamson made by Angus Lee Forbes, Obsessed: Compelled to make. Liz Williamson curated 'Local Colour: Experiments in Nature' UNSW Galleries, staying open late until 7pm for visitors to explore before attending the nearby film festival at Chauvel Cinemas.