open house: 3rd tamworth textile triennial

Tamworth Regional Gallery | 14 October - 10 December 2017; Touring 2018-20
Curator: Glenn Barkley

Meredith Woolnough,  Mushroom Coral Mandala  2013, embroidery thread and pins on paper, 93 x 93cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Meredith Woolnough, Mushroom Coral Mandala 2013, embroidery thread and pins on paper, 93 x 93cm. Image courtesy the artist.

About the exhibition:

Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial.

All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval.

Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. - Glenn Barkley

The 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial is an opportunity to build on the rich cultural history and reputation that the Tamworth biennials and triennials have established, while pushing forward new conversations and creating a safe place for unsafe discussions. Indigenous, multi-cultural, environmental and minority groups are all represented among the selected artists, providing a sense of broader engagement as the key theme for this exhibition. 

Participating artists:

Sally Blake (ACT), John Brooks (VIC), Sue Ryan of GhostNets Australia (NT), Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre (NSW), Treahna Hamm (VIC), Joy Ivill (NSW), Carol McGregor (QLD), Rebecca Mayo (VIC), Noongar Doll Makers (WA), Raquel Ormella (ACT), Julie Robinson (SA), Ema Shin (VIC), Jeanette Stok (QLD), Meredith Woolnough (NSW).

Tour Schedule:

Maitland Regional Gallery, Maitland, NSW: 28 July to 14 October 2018
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW: 16 November 2018 to 28 January 2019
Artisan: Queensland Centre for Craft and Design, Brisbane, QLD: 23 Feb to 27 April 2019
Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW: 10 May to 7 July 2019
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, Murray Bridge, SA: 28 July to 8 September 2019
Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield, SA: 4 October to 24 November 2019
Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill, VIC:  6 December 2019 to 26 January 2020
Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW: 8 February to 22 March 2020
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW: 28 March to 10 May 2020
Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Bundaberg, QLD: 25 June to 23 August 2020