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troublemag | February 23, 2019

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Ararat Gallery TAMA

Testament: Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisitions
Until 3 March 2019

The Ararat Gallery collection’s renewal has been significantly supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation. The exhibition presents a decade of acquisitions that reveal the dynamic uptake of textiles in Australia’s contemporary art practise. Building on the gallery’s comprehensive collection of post-minimalist and craft-based textile fibre art from the 1970s and 1980s, these recent acquisitions showcase new and unexpected approaches to the use of textiles as part of a challenging of the hierarchy of materials by contemporary artists.
 

Going Round in Squares
March 9 to June 30

The artworks of Going Round in Squares explore ideas around the grids and boundary lines which have governed life in Australia since colonisation. Roads, fence lines, walls, furniture and even social boundaries, reinforce ways of being that Sera has come to call a “geometric discipline”. Textile practice especially, performed atop the gridded warp and weft of fabric, is a form of discipline that has historically shaped women’s lives, their education and opportunities. As women have traditionally been the makers of homes, Sera’s artworks re-work textile traditions to explore the disciplining roles of neatness, order, pattern, binding and containment, all ideas associated with the domestic.
 

Blackwork embroidery workshop – Sera Waters
March 10 – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sera will be conducting a workshop on the basics of blackwork embroidery, a counted thread technique, and how it can be used contemporarily. Materials supplied, BYO small hoop. This workshop is limited to 12 people – phone the Gallery on 5355 0900 to book. Cost – $60/$55 TAMA members.
 

fifty: Celebrating 50 years of collecting textile art
Ongoing

Established in 1968, Ararat Gallery TAMA has a special place amongst Australia’s public galleries through its commitment to supporting and promoting contemporary practices in textile and fibre art. Today the collection is arguably the most significant of its kind in Australia. This exhibition celebrates the Gallery’s 50th birthday by presenting a selection of the collection’s best-loved works alongside some of its rarely-seen gems.

 
HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Weekends 10am to 4pm, Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. FREE ENTRY.