aust tapestry workshop – place makers exhibition
Paula do Prado, El Grito, 2018, cotton, wool, hemp, linen, raffia, bobbin cotton rope, twine, paper covered wire, wire, glass seed beads, wooden beads, açai seed beads. 110 x 60 x 5cm. Photo by Document Photography

Place Makers is an exhibition that explores the complications around notions of home for diaspora and First Nations people and the complexities of communicating this to the world. 

Place Makers opens Tuesday 24 September until Friday 6 December 2019 at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

Place Makers includes the work of eight artists who use textiles to investigate history, self, place and identity. Each artist identifies with a unique cultural heritage; their use of textiles serves as an anchor point for their personal histories and their contextualisation within the broader Australian community.

Artists include: Kay Lawrence AM (SA); Paula do Prado (NSW); Yunuen Pérez; Mu Naw Poe; Bronwyn Razem; Ema Shin; Muhubo Suleiman and Lisa Waup.

Ideas around place become the common thread between these diverse practices, each artist active in the ownership and contemporary perpetuation of their traditional textile histories. Textile techniques such as tapestry weaving, knotting, coiled weaving, and embroidery are used within a contemporary lens while maintaining links to traditional practices.

A community workshop will be held on Saturday 16 November at the ATW in South Melbourne. 

Place Makers is proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip.

All artists are available for interview.  Biographies follow in the attached media release. 

Place Makers opens 24 September – 6 December 2019 at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262–266 Park St, South Melbourne.  Tuesday ­to Friday, 10am – 5pm. / 9699 7885.