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- Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
January 17, 2019–February 14, 2019 The exhibition of international weavers, Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, showcases handwoven tapestries beginning January 17th in the Bob Owens Gallery on the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega campus. With 30 artists from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, this exhibition presents the rich variety of the approaches artists from across three continents have brought to their own approach of the subject of nature in these remarkable textiles. Each represents an element: earth, air, fire, or water. Artists interpret the theme with their own artistic techniques. A weaving demonstration will take place on January 31st from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Hoag Student Center.
- Interface: The Woven Artwork of Jaad Kuujus
September 18, 2018–January 9, 2019 Held at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Interface explores the intricate textile works and cedar weavings of Kakwaka’wakw and Haida artist Jaad Kuujus (Meghann O’Brien). Known for her ability to work in miniature and with very fine stitching, Meghann uses her artwork to both explore her Northwest Coast cultural heritage, and rebuild and maintain bonds with her community. She disrupts what is often seen as a distinct order between the contemporary and traditional by looking at how they are in conversation with each other in a non-linear way. Learn more on the gallery’s website.
- Silvia Heyden: Tapestries
October 2, 2018–February 2, 2019 Held at the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh, North Carolina, this exhibition features the tapestries of Silvia Heyden, curated by Lee Hansley.
- Dubai Meets the World
November 17, 2018–February 28, 2019 By the artistic curator Enas ElKorashy on Friday 16th of November 2018. Exactly 100 years ago, UAE’s founding father H.H sheikh Zayed bin Sultan AlNahyan was born, his vision exceeded his generation, he had an aspiration and he turned it into reality. Dubai is a fruitful result of a nation that sought universality whilst preserving its national identity, Dubai has become a melting pot of diverse cultures and a home for over 200 nationalities. Visit the gallery’s website for more information.
- Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries
November 18, 2018–January 21, 2019 On view for the first time in North America, the recently restored Valois Tapestries, a unique set of 16th-century hangings, are unveiled in this exhibition. These fascinating and enigmatic tapestries were commissioned by Catherine de’ Medici, the indomitable queen mother of France, to celebrate the royal Valois dynasty against a backdrop of great political strife and social upheaval. Soon after their creation in Brussels, the eight room-sized hangings accompanied Catherine’s granddaughter, Christina of Lorraine, when the young princess traveled to the Medici court in Florence as the bride of Ferdinand I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. For more information, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art’s website.
December 1, 2018–January 26, 2019 Tapestry by artist-makers rather than artist-designers, is rare in a time of instantaneity and the global outsourcing of skilled labour tasks. One of humanities most ancient creative and technological practices, weaving in some form has existed for at least 12,000 years. The intricate and accomplished tapestry works by Ann Newdigate, Jane Kidd and Murray Gibson in overandunder…raise provocative and pertinent questions about the use of traditional skills, changing perceptions of time, and how tapestry, a seemingly anachronistic practice, is relevant as contemporary art. Visit the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre website for more information.
- Ctrl/Shift: New Directions in Textile Art at The National Centre for Craft & Design
February 2–22 April 2019 This February, The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) presents Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art, in partnership with The 62 Group of Textile Artists and Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. Innovation and transformational practice is at the core of this unique textile exhibition, with exhibiting artists demonstrating the creative tensions that exist between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme with artists exploring this concept in a variety of ways. Shifts may have been experienced in the approach to practice and production in relation to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies. For more information, visit the Centre’s website.
- Circles and Squares
Ongoing If you wish to view the tapestries from the AuNZ Tapestry Group Projects 2010, visit the online gallery.
- Melancholy at the Bottom of Everything… Forever
Ongoing A juried online exhibit that includes the work of Barbara Heller.