Artist floor talk: Craft + Activism

event date: 
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 2019, Warranbool Art Gallery is delighted to present Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms – a collaborative, playful and immersive Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria Warrnambool Art Gallery in partnership with National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, ffeaturing craft-based materialities with a political intent, by contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives. As a part of the exhibition program, WAG will be delivering a special artist floor talk and discussion on the use of craft material and techniques as vehicles for activism and social change, including a local perspetive. Further details of this program will be annouced in late February 2019.

+ Free, no bookings required.

+ Light refreshments provided

+ Hearing loop and wheelchair accessible.

+ Suitable for all ages.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms as vehicles for activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members with works that require participatory activation through collective processes. Craft, activism and social change have long been interlinked; they have crossed boundaries and borders, genders and generations. craftivism. dissident objects and subversive forms presents the work of artists and groups who evidence this moment in contemporary art, embracing ceramics, textile and fibre art techniques along with everyday materials in order to explore and articulate ideas and issues of our time. Click here to find out more about this exhibition.

Image credit: Jemima Wyman Propaganda textiles, Pink Bloc protester at Gay Pride in Copacabana, 13th October 2013 (detail) 2016–17 custom-made fabric book: Minky, Hot Pink Brazil 10-13 ed. 2/6 + 2 AP open book: 41 x 94 x 4 cm© the artist, courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney / Singapore and Milani Gallery, Brisbane