Saturday, April 30, 2011

2012 ACT Arts Fund is now open for applications

We are pleased to advise you that the 2012 ACT Arts Fund is now open for applications. 

Applications are invited from individuals, groups and organisations wishing to undertake projects and activities that develop or provide access to the arts in the ACT in 2012.

Applications for Project Funding, Communities Working With Artists Funding, Program Funding and ACT Creative Arts Fellowships will close
5:00pm, Wednesday 8 June 2011.

Applications to the Key Arts Organisation Funding category will close
5:00pm, Thursday 30 June 2011

Applicants to the Key Arts Organisation Funding and Program Funding categories must meet with artsACT prior to lodging an application. 

All applicants are encouraged to attend an information session that will outline the types of funding available and provide helpful hints on submitting an application.  The one-hour sessions will be held at:

The Street Theatre, Childers Street Canberra City


Wednesday 4 May 2011 at 6pm
(No bookings required)

For more information visit or phone 6207 2384.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weaving Classes in the Batemans Bay area

For any of you who might live at the coast or know people who live near the Batemans Bay area :  Jan Harding will be offering Learning to Weave classes in the latter part of this year. Exact dates will depend on the response and most peoples’ availability, but probably in August/September.

The course will run for 6 weeks, one day per week for 3 hours at her studio in Guerilla Bay.

Tuition will include calculating the amount of yarn for a project, winding the warp, dressing the loom (beaming and threading the yarn)and weaving a sample project with various patterns. Extensive notes will be provided.

Cost will be $180 which includes the use of table looms, other equipment and yarn. Students will be able to take looms home for weaving between classes.

For those interested or with any queries please email Jan at or ring (02)44718186.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Surface Design and Basketry with Jackie Abrams

Email: by 26 April   As a minimum of 10 participants required.


“I have been a maker, mostly of baskets, for over 35 years. I have perfected my skills and consistently challenge myself to create new works. Sitting in my studio, with materials in hand, is always a source of fulfillment, meditation, frustration, and satisfaction.My teaching and craft development work have enabled me to travel to many places – all over the U.S., Australia, and Africa. These journeys, especially in Africa, have had a profound influence on my work and on my life. I am learning to simplify things, to state what is important. This is what I hope to express in the work I create.My pieces speak of the cultures and the women I have encountered. Their lives, their fabrics, and their colors inform the vessels I create.” See:  for details of Jackie’s work.

The workshop runs over 2 days and one evening to allow the combination of painting and preparing materials and basket weaving. Friday night will be the “painting party”- getting your own colours and surfaces ready for weaving, then on Saturday and Sunday participants will explore woven forms with their own individual materials.

Materials/Equipment list.  To be advised
DATE:  Friday evening 16 September 5-8pm Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 September 10-4                                  
PARTICIPATION FEE: $150 wages/$99 unwaged Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your lunches.
ANU SCHOOL OF ART, TEXTILES, BUILDING 105 (off Ellery Crescent) ACTON. Parking opposite The Film and Sound Archives or car parks off Childers St. or London Circuit.
TO ENROL e-mail for payment instructions  
YOUR e-mail address, ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER:  
Enquiries: 02 61255833                                                                    

Monday, April 18, 2011

Interwoven Call for Entries 2011


The DIA textile practice Group is organizing the annual textile and jewellery exhibition Interwoven. 
’Interwoven’ is the Design Institute of Australia’s annual exhibition of textile and jewellery work from highly skilled artists demonstrating contemporary innovation in design.

‘It is open for members  to exhibit a new range or particular range of work. 

The type of textile work will be varied, depending on what kind each person will submit. 
If you are a professional designer its a great way to get involved with the design community and showcase your new work.  
Jun 16 to 27th  over 2 weeks2011
Level One  281 Clarence  Street  Sydney

Contact the Design Institue of Australia for more information

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shunyam Smith and Cheryl Davison at Ivy Hill Gallery


Far South Coast artist Cheryl Davison paints a visual recored of the stories told to her by the tribal elders of her family, the Walbunga people of Moruya and the Ngarigo people of the Monaro. With attention to fine detail, she mixes techniques to produce exceptional artworks in acrylic and gouache.
Shunyam Smith finds different layes of meanings and memories entwined with the physicality of the material and the slow nature of tapestry weaving. Her work is an exploration of the essence of place, the environment and particularly the nature of change Shunyam Smith is a graduate from ANU Textiles.

Ivy Hill Gallery Open Friday to Monday 10 - 5. 1795 Tathra to Bermagui Road, Wapengo Tel: 02 64940152

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Music and Art @ The Artist Shed

The Shed Sessions  ....Where music meets art
Be part of a new (ad)venture in Queanbeyan - join us for the launch of The Shed Sessions - Music, art and local wines...
Sunday 10th April from 2pm featuring Celtic big band Humbug, Gracenotes & Dan Fernandes
The Artists Shed
14 Foster St, Queanbeyan
Guest artists and sessions fortnightly on payweek Sundays from 17th April
Call 0438768754 for info

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cushion Inserts at wholesale prices

These were purchased for a project from the manufacturer and there are now quite a few left over.  If you would like to purchase cushions wholesale in Canberra at the price originally paid, now is your chance.

Non woven cover with new polyester fibre filling
Made in Australia

40 x 40 cm $3.75 each
35 x 55 cm $4.50 each
 Contact Tamara on 0423 042867 or