Australia Wide Seven
Australia Wide Seven, a touring exhibition showcasing the work of Ozquilt Network members, will premiere at the Belconnen Arts Centre from 30 October until 18 December 2020 and continue on tour until 2022. Look out for the daily previews before the exhibition opening at 6pm on Friday 30 October. All welcome to this free ticketed opening event ! Bookings essential.
LIFTING THE QUILT CEILING: Presentation by Dr Sam Bowker
3pm Friday 30 October at Belconnen Arts Centre in conjunction with the opening of Australia Wide Seven.
Digital presentation for Ozquilt Network members only: Register Your Interest!
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Contemporary quiltmaking is a dynamic and versatile field that engages the colonial past and global present, respects the agency of Indigenous Australian cultures, and sustains sophisticated and inclusive debate. Quilting generates a thriving ecosystem of critical and inclusive practice that is simultaneously competitive and empowering, yet it has been curiously overlooked by Australian art journals and galleries.
This presentation argues for the inclusion of quiltmaking across all forms of contemporary creative practice and presents the case for how this sector would benefit from engaging critically and actively with the cutting edge of Australian quiltmaking. It will challenge the values of contemporary art infrastructure and highlight what contemporary art galleries and funding agencies overlook when they regard quilts as ‘unworthy’ of inclusion in major exhibitions. The presentation will consider how this might be challenged, changed, and re-arranged, to show what artists, institutions, and art educators might yet learn from the best of Australian quiltmaking.
Ozquilt Network Inc is a national organisation for art quilters and those interested in art quilts. Our purpose is to raise the profile and status of art quilters, art quilts and art quilt making in Australia. Our membership includes quilters who have achieved national and international success as well as promising emerging artists.