Save the Date!


9th January 2024
Put your creative thinking caps on, for WAFTA’s 2024 Members Exhibition - 
ReGen :: to form anew
Since WAFTA was founded in 1995, the not-for-profit organisation has hosted outstanding
and engaging exhibitions to promote the work of WAFTA Members, and the profile of fibre
and textile art more broadly. Our 2024 Members’ Exhibition ReGEN :: to form anew, is
poised to be no exception.

Save the Date!

and put your creative thinking caps on, for…WAFTA’s 2024 Members Exhibition

 

ReGen :: to form anew       

 

An exhibition showcasing innovative new works by members of the Western Australian Fibre & Textile Association.

Dates: August 17 – September 1, 2024

Venue: Moores Building Art Space (MBAS), Henry Street, Fremantle

 

The February issue of THREADS will have ALL the information, including the full curatorial theme, guidelines, and key dates. Entries will open March 1, via the WAFTA website. 

This is a non-juried exhibition, and entry is open to all members of WAFTA Inc. 

 

To whet the creative appetite, we share the following synopsis of the theme: 

 

ReGen :: to form anew        

 

Regenerate 

to effect a reform, to re-create, revive, reconstitute, restore, make over, form anew

 

Since WAFTA was founded in 1995, the not-for-profit organisation has hosted outstanding and engaging exhibitions to promote the work of WAFTA Members, and the profile of fibre and textile art more broadly. Our 2024 Members’ Exhibition ReGEN :: to form anew, is poised to be no exception. 

 

In the broadest sense, ReGen :: to form anew aims to provide a platform for an exchange of ideas and personal reflections about what regeneration signifies to the Membership at large. It may relate to a sense of renewal, growth, nurture, environment, change and (re)configuration, a re-creation (of the senses, memory, heritage, materials), tactile aesthetics, the natural world, relationships, or spirit, to name a few. 

 

We are delighted that the exhibition will take place during IOTA 2024, The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. Serendipitously, our exhibition theme directly leans into the theme of IOTA24 - ‘Codes in Parallel’, referencing the multivarious and co-existing languages, in a material and narrative sense. As textile makers and fibre artists, many of us understand creative practice as a mark-making process, and textile-making as a narrative act through which we process and communicate personal experience, beliefs, and socio-cultural concerns. Moreover, the intentional choice of utilising certain materials and methods speaks of choices close to the makers’ hearts and their creative processes. Individually and collectively, the exhibition is set to communicate personal reflections relating to the concept of regeneration, in its multi-layered forms.  

 

The theme for our 2024 Members’ Exhibition is broad, and intentionally so: being both non-restrictive and explorative. The WAFTA membership is diverse; with all of us situated in a particular cultural and geographical landscape. The aim for ReGEN :: to form anew is to re-present this diversity, and to showcase the artists’ interpretations in ways that also expand understandings about the potential (and indeed the regeneration) of textiles and fibre art. 

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The Exhibition Coordinator is Martien van Zuilen, in collaboration with WAFTA’s ReGen Exhibition Working Group. Martien is a long-time WAFTA member and served on WAFTA’s main and exhibition/workshops committees in 2007/8. She is an experienced community arts project manager and facilitator. Curatorial experience includes WAFTA’s 2018 Altered States; Beyond the Seam (CASM, 2018); Promise :: Material & Matter (Lost Eden Gallery, 2023); Sew + So :: the in-between space (CASM, 2024); and Blend: Material & Metaphor (Lost Eden Gallery, 2024). 

 

Stay tuned for our next issue of THREADS, for all the entry details. 

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