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Open House to mark year’s end for Gallery
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Open House to mark year’s end for Gallery

Weaving and textiles will be the theme this summer at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery – and you can get creative as part of it.

The Gallery will welcome the 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial from 6 December, showcasing the best of textile art from across the country, with the theme of Open House. At the same time, a local textiles exhibition called Open Weave will be on.

And, you can get creative by decorating, embroidering and sewing ‘scales’ to help construct a large fish in the Gallery’s foyer.

It will all kick off at the exhibition launch and end-of-year Gallery celebration on 6 December.

Gallery Director Ian Tully said he was proud that the Gallery was hosting the Tamworth Textile Triennial.

“Textiles have had a real resurgence, and visitors have appreciated the textiles we’ve had on the walls here in recent years,” he said.

“The Triennial celebrates the diversity of textiles, includes more than 30 of Australia’s best textiles artists, and true to its name, embraces the process of creating, talking and exhibiting,” he said.

Mr Tully said local works would complement the triennial.

“We have chosen a selection of works by local artists working with textiles, wool, upcycled detritus, manmade and natural materials,” he said.

“This micro-show brings a local perspective to the theme of textiles and will feature Tuesday Browell, Sue Connelley-Klodimitis, Vicki Johnson, David McTaggart, Marilyne Nicholls, Jules Pilgrim, Raylene Richardson and Anna Stewart.”

Raylene Richardson will run free public events at the Gallery in January, where she will demonstrate her many textile techniques. These will run on Saturday 4, 11 and 18 January from 1pm until 2.30pm.

The exhibitions and public art project will be launched on Friday, 6 December at 6pm. All community members are welcome.

Drinks and finger food will be served on the Gallery lawn, before the exhibition launch. It is a free event, open to everyone in our community.

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