Sunday, May 29, 2011

Margaret McHugh - Please don't stop me

Margaret McHugh

On at the Huw Davies Gallery - Multimedia Room from 2 June

Manuka Arts Centre, Manuka Circle, Griffith See for further information

Poppyseed Markets are looking for new Stallholders

Want to join the poppyseed markets Stall Holder family?

Poppyseed are looking for Mumprenuers, Up & Coming Australian Designers, Crafters, Artists etc
Please email us a little about your business to

Particular interest is in stall holders in the following areas
 - Baby & Kids Fashion/products
- Ladies Fashion & Accessories
- Gift & Homewares

Categories which are full
- Hair Accessories, Beanies, Headbands
- Soy Candles

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Australian Designers & Creators Canberra

Old Parliament House Friday 27th May10am - 9pm, Saturday 28th 10am - 5pm and Sunday 29th 10am - 4pm

Outstanding Australian Artisans including fashion, original artworks, jewellery, woodwork, pottery and more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Textiles Project Work with Ruth Hadlow at ANU

Kamus Merah

Ruth Hadlow is planning to run a textile project course through ANU’s Visual Arts Access program (VAA) in the 2nd semester this year. The course info is below. Ruth is planning to run the course for 12 weeks from the beginning of August to early November, on Tuesdays, 9.30-1pm, in the textiles studio at Canberra School of Art.  Enrolments will be through the ANU VAA program – see their website.
Textiles Project Work – Ruth Hadlow

This 12-week course will focus on the development of textile projects from inception through to realisation. Students will develop a self-instigated project brief, and develop a body of work through research, material sampling, critical discussion, and self-directed exploration. This course is aimed at art school graduates and community members with an existing textile practice who want to develop ideas for new art projects, who are interested in feedback on work-in-progress, and wish to participate in critical discussion about project work and art practice. The course will include readings, research and writing projects, critiques, feedback and a supportive group with whom to share ideas, feedback and resources. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Artists Studio for Rent

A studio for rent [share with one other], available from 1st of July. Studio fully insulated, 24hour access,shower and cooking facilities, permanent gallery space for your work and tuition room [run your own classes]. $220 per month includes electricity. Contact Dennis on 62970336

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Surface - Marilyn Hutchinson at Strathnairn

An exhibition reflecting the inclusive and encompassing nature of surfaces.

13 May - 29 May Gallery hours 10am - 4.30 pm Friday to Sunday

Friday, May 20, 2011

Handmade Exhibition - Chisholm Gallery

Exhibition and sale of handmade designer decoration, featuring the fabulous Shibori collection of works by the World Shibori Network Australia and New Zealand artists whose international exhibitions include London, Paris, Santiago and Tokyo. (Includes Jackie Beckhurst’s “Anenome”)
Chisholm Street Gallery 13 Chisholm Street, Ainslie.
Friday 20 May: 4pm-8pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm.
Phone 02 6247 8042; Email:; Website:

Looking forward to enjoying with you the highlights of the Shibori collection as well as some new acquisitions of jewellery, wraps and artefacts for the Gallery.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mathilda' Market also on this Sunday

Time for another gorgeous Mathilda's Market in Canberra.

Hyatt Hotel Sunday May 22nd    9.00 am -1.00 pm

Pram access and parking at the rear.

Poppyseed Markets this Sunday

Sunday 22nd May at the Abbey Function Centre in Nicholls (Gold Creek) from 10am - 2pm.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Shed Sessions .. where music meets art

Live Music in the best venue around! Folk, Jazz, Blues, Singer-songwriters ..... & perhaps a jam session - bring your voices and instruments.

1st and 3rd Sundays each month from 2.00pm at The Artists Shed 14 Foster Street Queanbeyan

Call 0438 768 754 for more info

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bilum Workshop at Strathnairn

Balba Simbiken will be conducting a BILUM workshop at Strathnairn (Canberra) on Saturday 21st May from 10am to 4pm. 

Balba  grew up in Papua New Guinea where girls learn how to make bilums when they are as young as 8 or 9.  Balba started when she was 9.  She says that there are two regions in Papua New Guinea where the making of bilums is popular.  They are Highlands and Momase regions. Balba says she will bring some examples from these regions.  Bilums are used constantly to carry babies, to put produce in, for marketing and shopping and have many other uses.

Some materials will be supplied but please bring along any materials with which you would like to experiment.

Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

The cost will be $50 which must be paid by 26th April.  There is a limit of 20 people so places will be allotted on a first come basis. 

Payment (cheques or money orders) should be addressed to Wendy Dodd and sent to Wendy Dodd, 36 Girrahween Street, BRADDON 2612.
Please include your name and address so I can send you a receipt.

Enquiries before 26th April can be emailed to me or phone 02 62473210.
Enquiries after 26th April can be sent to Nancy Tingey 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Access all areas 2011 - The PhotoAccess Members Show

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery Access all areas 2011 the PhotoAccess Members Show

Exhibition runs until 29 May 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday to Friday 12 - 4 pm Weekends
Huw Davies Gallery is located at Manuka Arts Centre Manuka Circle Griffith ACT ph: 02 6295 7810

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Australia's biggest Art Cloth Swap

Australia's biggest Art Cloth Swap is to be hosted by ArtWear Publications, in conjunction with the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane.

Here's how it works:  decorate a 70cm square of silk and send it with your details to the girls at Embellish magazine - including a brief description about what you have done with the cloth and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of a different piece of decorated silk the same size. Your Art Cloth and description will be displayed at the Textile Art Festival, to be held June 11-13, 2011.
After the event, you will be sent a silk piece created by someone else - so that everyone who enters receives a surprise piece of Art Cloth from a total stranger. The swap is meant to be fun, challenging and a great way to gain publicity, while showcasing the diversity and creativity of Art Cloth enthusiasts.

What better way to enhance your silk collection and exhibit your skills at the same time? Email for the entry form and sign-on details. 
The Festival will feature specialist textile art retailers, great displays, artists at work to watch and learn from, and workshops to join.  Visit for more details.
And this year - it runs alongside the Scrapbook Expo and one ticket gets you in to both events! Brisbane is the place to b e if you love textile art or papercraft.
Visit to see what's on offer at the Scrapbook Expo.

Textile Art Festival
June 11 - 13, 2011
June long weekend - Saturday to Monday
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Open 9am - 5pm dail

Sunday, May 8, 2011

2011 Cranleigh-Capital Chemist Art Show October 21, 22 & 23

We are getting excited about the 2011 Cranleigh-Capital Chemist Art Show and have developed a new website to replace the old art show news.

We invite you to visit the site and subscribe to it so that you can continue to receive updates about the show.  

We would love it if you could help us promote the show by sharing the site on facebook (click on the facebook icons), emailing the site link to your friends (click on the email icon) and adding comments to the posts.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Workshops and Exhibition

GRAG will be running four fantastic jewellery making workshops in May/June 2011. The workshops will coincide with an upcoming touring exhibition excessory: Contemporary Australian Jewellery which will be showcasing some amazing contemporary Australian jewellery - all made from recycled items. 

Places on the workshops are limited so book early.

Tracy Hopkirk
Saturday 21 May: Workshop 1pm—4pm,   jewellery making  with artist Tracy Hopkirk (adults and teens)
Join local artist and jewellery designer Tracy Hopkirk in an exciting hands on jewellery making experience. The workshop will make use of recycled objects to create a unique wearable object. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to design your own piece of jewellery and  learn some amazing jewellery making techniques. Tracy will help you to create your piece and show you how to use Perspex, rubber, wire and found objects to create a ring, bracelet/bangle or a necklace.  

Fiona Hammond
Saturday 28 May: Workshop 1pm—4pm,    jewellery making  with artist Fiona Hammond (adults and teens)
Put the whimsy back into jewellery-making in this enjoyable workshop with local  artist Fiona Hammond. Combine items such as aluminium cans, op-shop-source textiles, bottle caps and ‘fishy’ soy sauce bottles to make one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces that make you smile!

Techniques incorporated in the workshop include pressing patterns into pieces of aluminium cans, steam set textile manipulation, and simple hand stitching. Some general jewellery making techniques will also be covered if required.  

Walter Brecely

Saturday 4 June: Workshop 1pm—4pm,   jewellery making  with artist Walter Brecely (adults and teens)
In this class you will use found objects either in their original state or cut and formed to create a personalised and unique chain necklace. Walter will help you create your necklace and teach you various techniques that will emphasise your found objects as the ‘jewels’ of your piece.  

Saturday 18 June: Workshop 1pm—4pm,   jewellery making  with artist Emma Kidson (adults and teens)
The workshop begins by learning how to make a gorgeous floral brooch from recyclables that everyone has around  their home. Emma will guide you in using your new skills to create your own necklace or earrings to take home. 

More info on the gallery's website: or contact 48 234 442 to make a booking

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Colour Workshop with Merv Moriarty

Merv Moriarty is holding a four day colour workshop, this will be two consecutive weekends in May at his residence, Wallagoot Far South Coast NSW.

Colour Workshop:  14th & 15th, and following weekend 21st & 22nd of May

No drawing or painting ability is required for this workshop.  All colour exercises use a simple diagrammatic format and even when we use a subject such as a flowering plant, only bands or squares are used to record the colours.

I have carried out and continued to develop colour workshops, such as this, on countless occasions over the last thirty years or so. In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour. These explanations and demonstrations of essential principles are spread out over the four days, but by far the greater learning experience realized in these workshops comes about as a living, hands on, discovery that you will share with all the other participants in the workshop. You will also be an active participant, because much of what you will learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually, and the group collectively, will undertake.

Early Bird price $440.00 (payment made by Friday 22/4/11) or $480.00 full price.
Visit for more information

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Facing the Black Tide - Last opportunity this weekend

Image Hokusai: The Great Wave of Kanagawa

Thirteen professional commercial and artist photographers associated with PhotoAccess have volunteered their time to help families affected by the recent cataclysmic events in Japan.

They will conduct family portrait sittings with proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal 2011.

The cost is $150. This includes a photographic sitting of about half an hour, an A3+ print on fine art paper made by Stephen Best of Macquarie Editions and a digital file of the selected image. Most sittings will be in natural light but individual photographers may use studio or off the camera flash.

Sittings will be held on 30 April, 1, 7 & 8 May from 12noon-4pm. 
Bookings and pre-payment essential.
More info and bookings 

PhotoAccess is supported by the ACT &  Commonwealth Governments