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Sunday, December 19, 2010

provocations - Masterclass with Ruth Hadlow

Internationally acclaimed process-based artist Ruth Hadlow is offering a 5 day masterclass at Yarralumla, Canberra from 24 - 28 January. Ruth ran the textiles retreat in the Flinders Ranges whilst I was at university and her knowledge and guidance was a turning point for myself as an artist. This intensive program of discussions, readings and projects explores a range of possibilities for challenging and extending individual practice. How might one stretch in new directions, push work to go further, extend ways of thinking and practicing? The program aims to stimulate and challenge, to enable debate and innovation, to extend notions of practice, and above all to provide a space for the development of ideas.
Residential fee: $600 | full tuition, accommodation and meals (Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast) 
Non-residential fee: $360 | full tuition, morning & afternoon tea, and lunches

Registrations closes on 31 December, to express your interest for the Provocations Masterclass or for more information contact Ruth Hadlow by email

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our stall at Box Factory Community Christmas Market

Come see us next weekend at the Box Factory Community Christmas Market where we will be selling our beautiful handmade arts and crafts including unique christmas-themed wares to get in the chrissie spirit. Plenty of things to keep you entertained like workshops, homegrown food exchange, games and whose never to old to get their facepainted...

11 December 10am - 2pm
59 Regent Street South Adelaide

Also sincere apologies to anyone who came later on during the meeting this fortnight, we finished the session earlier than posted but we will be back in full swing next fortnight on 15 December and look forward to seeing what you are working on and meeting some friendly faces!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

For the Paper Obsessed!

The works from Paper Convention Collective completely blew my socks off so I had to pass this on. This collective is dedicated to the documentation of Paper Expressionism through paper-installations, exhibitions and paper-art, zine-making, paper-crafting, workshops and lectures. It is a simple, powerful statement that aims to encourage and harness emerging paper artists and makers. It is a message that insists on the notion of community and utilises art as a catalyst for documenting and bringing communities together. For a full interview with instigator Lisa from paper store Lox + Saavy visit The Finders Keepers and PCC website at to join their mailing list.

The collective is also calling-out to Australian-based paper artists both emerging or established, who can display unusual techniques, curious paper materials and clever concepts, work selected will belong in a league of their own, inspiring the community in the paper arts and thrilling paper lovers of the ingenious and the imaginative to be part of our key event next year! Contact them at for more details.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Graduates Galore!!

It's that time of the year when all the final year art students spin into a state of panic as leave they the safe haven of institutional walls and sail off solo into the exciting yet daunting art world. Graduate exhibitions are a unique opportunity to see the State's new creative talent and provide a platform for the graduating students to showcase their work to both the public and our industry. Make sure you get along to see these wonderful shows...

Talking to strangers

ACSA Bachelor of Visual Art Graduate Exhibition

Patty Chehade, Ruby Chew, Diana Devereux, Catherine Milne, Deb Morley, Chris Thiel and Lucy Turnbull.
11 December 2010 to 8 January 2011
Adelaide Central Gallery 45 Osmond Terrace, Norwood

Sticks, Stones and Broken Bones

UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture and Design graduating student showcase their work in an end of year exhibition in two of UniSA’s City West galleries.
Grand opening for all exhibitions: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday 8 December 
SASA Gallery
Level 2, Kaurna Building, City West Campus, Uni SA
Cnr Fenn Place & Hindley Street, Adelaide

30 Degrees

Part two of the Adelaide College of the Arts visual arts graduate exhibition.
Until November 25
Light Square Gallery,
39 Light Square, Adelaide

Image: ACSA graduate Christine Thiel's Talking to Strangers, 2010, oil on board, 30 x 38

Friday, November 12, 2010

Filling Holes with Wool

Lara Torr, Prue Gramp and Meghann Wilson present new works in Filling Holes with Wool at Urban Cow Studio from 1 - 31 December. 

Each artists incorporates embroidery into their pieces, encouraging the viewer to consider the finer details of traditional craft practices. Gramp explores the narratives within the history of shipwrecks and icebergs in small scale embroidered and painted works, whilst Torr draws inspiration from vintage knitting patterns with her own treasured possessions and imagery from cult horror classics such as The Shining and Suspiria are evident in Wilson's intricate painting and embroidery works. 

While the opening on Wednesday 1 December is on the same night as one of our upcoming meetings, make sure you get to see this wonderful exhibition, demonstrating how textiles has progressed into contemporary art. Also Lara will be exhibiting in an emerging contemporary textile survey next year at Prospect Gallery curated by Red Thread Collective members Kara Growden & Kate O'Leary. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Warp & Weft Textile Tours

Wouldn't it be incredible to visit some of the world's most interesting regions and seeing skilled artisans producing beautiful traditional textiles including embroidery, dyeing, weaving, and basketwork. Warp & Weft Textile Tours run fully equipped tours accompanied by textile specialists including Christine Pearson, Ruth Hadlow and Valerie Kirk. Tours include visiting local markets, participating in textile workshops and craft emporiums whilst sampling wonderful local cuisine. Whilst the prices may seem out of your budget, why not look at applying for Arts SA or Australia Council for the Arts grant to support your trip, as these tours would be incredible professional development opportunities. 

Future programs for 2011 include:
The Textiles of Lao and Vietnam - 17 Jan to 2 Feb
West Timor Textiles and Culture - 04 Jun to 18 Jun
The Textiles and Rural Villages of Gujarat - Sept 2011
N. E. India Tribal Textiles and Festivals - Nov 2011

To register your interest and to obtain detailed tour brochures visit or contact 02 6249 6122

Monday, October 25, 2010

Momentum: 18th Tamworth Textile Biennial

If your free this Friday night, Momentum: 18th Tamworth Textile Biennial opens at JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design from 6-8pm.

The 25 emerging and established artists selected by curator Valerie Kirk investigate the evolution of traditional fibre arts and the influence of new technologies on the enduring traditions and history attached to the craft.

Don't miss the artist talk on Saturday 30 Oct 11am Gallery 1 FREE featuring curator Valerie Kirk and artists Jane Bowden, Annabelle Collette, Vicki Mason and Elfteria Vlavianos.

For more information and images visit
JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design
19 Morphett Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: 8410 0727

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wangaratta Contemporary Textiles Award 2011

This is a $5000 acquisitive award for Contemporary Textile Art and open to professional artists working in any style of textile media are invited to make an entry for consideration within a competitive assessment process.

A judging panel consisting of the Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery Director and two respected professionals will select a shortlist of finalists for the Award exhibition at the Gallery 4 June – 17 July 2011. Download entry form from:

Important Dates:
Friday 25 March Closing date for submission of entries
Saturday 4 June Exhibition opening and announcement of the Award at 11am, Textile Forum 12.30 – 4.30pm
4 June – 17 July Exhibition held at Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria

Please direct all email enquiries to

Monday, October 18, 2010

Who are we?

Red Thread Collective aims to form a supportive and encouraging network, providing information on relevant exhibitions, events, grants, awards and workshops to emerging artists, within first 5 years of establishing a professional art practice.
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