BRIEF: The aim of the eleven artists is to create a textile and mixed-media travelling exhibition. The initial inspiration was the map of the Western Hemisphere embroidered by Elizabeth Cook (c.1800) that shows the voyages of her husband James Cook currently housed at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney. Elizabeth Cook’s map provided a starting point from which the concept of ‘map’ can be understood and interpreted in both concrete and abstract ways. Maps can be about many things; geography, history, geology, personal space, migration, movement, memory, travel, genealogy.

Exhibition Dates

Museum of the Riverina,

Botanic Gardens site, Wagga Wagga: March 15 to April 29, 2012

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre,

12 Berry Street, Nowra: May 31 to July 26, 2012

Launch Saturday, June 2, 12noon to 2pm

McGlade Gallery, ACU Strathfield campus, June 15 - July 6, 2013

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock, Feb 19 to March 16, 2014

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Help Save Fairfield Regional Museum and Gallery

Sgn this petition which is trying to convince Fairfield Council to reconsider its decision not to fund the appointment of a Director and a Curator to the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery. Without these experienced staff the place will just wither away. Fairfield City Museum & Gallery is one of the few regional galleries which regularly exhibits textile arts. The online address of the petition is
Please forward this to anyone else who might be interested?

Friday, 11 February 2011

Mapping the Future: Where are You Now?

More than just a conference, Textile Forum South West is hosting a whole day exploring textile territories – looking, listening and participating in mapping the future together.
We will survey ideas from traditional geographical and textile maps to virtual mapping now; view current personal textile practice using journey as both inspiration and process; demonstrate new routes to networking with like-minded makers and have the chance to participate in making fabric markers for mapping further textile journeys.
Speakers include, Peter Merrett, land surveyor, Dr Hilary Turner, historian specialising in tapestry maps; Kirsty Hall, expert blogger and navigator of the internet; the keynote speaker is Dail Behennah, celebrated maker who is both a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and the Royal Geographical Society.
When: Saturday, March 26

Where: Conference Centre, Somerset college of Art and Technology, Taunton.
Cost: Tickets including lunch and all refreshments : TFSW members £50, Non-members £60, Students £40
Info: Julie Bowyer, or