Sneak Peek! SCW Exhibitions on now

For those of you who can’t wait for Sydney Craft Week, we have some good news for you! While the majority of festival events are on from 5 to 14 October, a number of participating galleries have exhibitions starting early. 

Get a head-start and maximise how many Sydney Craft Week events you can get along to by making your way to some of these exhibitions on now, or opening later in September. 

The Intuitive Thread presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney opened on 24 August to great acclaim. The Intuitive Thread introduces four textile artists from across Japan re-interpreting traditional methods and exploring new forms of expression. As part of their Sydney Craft Week events, there will be talks, workshops and Craft Up Late festivities, so there are many ways to engage if you are interested in contemporary Japanese textiles.

Art Pharmacy Consulting is hosting a one-of-a-kind art exhibition at Vandal Gallery to raise awareness around mental health. The exhibition, So Far So Good, aims to continue the dialogue about mental health, raise funds for charity and bring light to a topic that still lives in the dark. The exhibition opens on 13 September and includes a Self Care workshop with one of their exhibiting artists as part of their SCW festivities. More info here.

Opening on 21 September, The Embroiderer’s Guild NSW kicks off The Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch, a ‘cornucopia of pleasures to anyone interested in and passionate about textiles’. There will be exhibitions, activities, workshops, Maker Meets and Devonshire Tea! Check out the schedule of events here.

Also opening on 21 September is Form | Surface | Structure: Sculptural Ceramics at Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown. This is a group exhibition, featuring artists from all over Australia, united by their relationship with clay. Expect to find wall-mounted objects, sculptural vessels and large works.

See Meroogal Women's Art Prize presented by Sydney Living Museums, in Nowra. The work of up to 40 artists will be exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal and its garden and grounds, throwing new light on the stories of the people who lived there and the house’s rich collection of objects. The exhibition is on Saturday 22 September 2018 – Saturday 30 March 2019.

Fibre artist Catriona Pollard has two exhibitions as part of Sydney Craft Week, both opening in September. At Mosman Art Gallery, Pollard is exhibiting Exhalation of the Trees (22 September – 2 December) and teaching a Sculptural Basketry workshop -not to be missed if you enjoy random weaving and organic sculptures. Pollard’s second exhibition Surfacing opens on 27 September at Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth. Here you can find her stunning sculptural basketry and assemblage works on display.

MAAS will be hosting special curator talk and tours during Sydney Craft Week, but you can check out all their exhibitions on now: Reflections of Asia, Fantastical Worlds, Reigning Men and Common Good.

Sewing and Print studio, workspace and shop front Bobbin and Ink are calling for creative submissions from artists to take a blank tea towel and turn it into a piece of art as part of Dry Hards, an exhibition celebrating an under-appreciated canvas: the humble tea towel. Submissions are open now, but close on Monday 17 September. Get making - Enter now. View the final submissions on exhibition at Bobbin and Ink, during SCW, Friday 5 October – Sunday 7 October.



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Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T

Published: 10 September 2018

Images: Catriona Pollard, Replenished. Photo: Catriona Pollard; Embroidery NSW gallery. Photo: Nicole Anderson