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New England Regional Art Museum | Tamworth Textiles Collection Visits Armidale

Image: Larry & Mary Beeston (Australia, Larry 1915 – 2001, Mary 1917- 2002), ‘Maltese Cross’, 1980, Transparent weaving, bamboo, cotton and leather, 150 x 146 cm. Purchased from the 1980 Tamworth Fibre Exhibition, by the Tamworth Art & Craft Society. Gift of the Tamworth Art & Craft Society to Tamworth City Gallery for inclusion in the Tamworth Fibre Textile Collection 1981. Photograph courtesy of Lou Farina, Tamworth.
A new exhibition will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to experience the works of some Australia’s leading textile artists from the past forty years when it opens at 6.00pm on Friday 18 August 2017 at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).
The exhibition Plain, Satin and Twill will present a selection of works from the National Textile Collection from the Tamworth Regional Gallery and has been curated and developed in collaboration with staff at the New England Regional Art Museum.
“We have been delighted to work closely with our colleagues at the Tamworth Regional Gallery to research and curate an exhibition which brings a selection of these beautiful artworks to be enjoyed by the people of Armidale,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “Tamworth is home to a nationally significant textile collection and their Tamworth Textile Triennial exhibition is one of the most biggest events on the Australian contemporary craft calendar, and has been ever since these exhibitions started back in the 1970s.”
“This exhibition at NERAM will be an opportunity for our visitors to reacquaint themselves with some of the artworks that have been collected from these major events over the past few decades and for new visitors to discover the diversity and strength of Australian textile arts from the 1970s until today.”
This major exhibition also aims to strengthen the inter-institutional relationship between the two regional facilities through sharing resources and promoting pieces from both of their collections. Tamworth Regional Gallery Director Bridget Guthrie said their textile collection is world renowned and something that residents of the entire region should be aware of and proud of.
“We are a strong supporter of textile artists and we regularly commission and collect new textile pieces to add to the Gallery’s collection,” she said. “Our collection includes pieces by some of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed textile artists, as well as by local craftspeople and regional artists.”
“The loan to NERAM is twofold, as our agreement ensures that NERAM will loan artworks from their collection to our gallery for exhibition in future. It’s a great way to ensure that our pieces are seen not only by visitors to the Gallery, but also in other exhibitions around Australia and even closer to home in the New England area.”
Later this year Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial will be opening at the Tamworth Regional Gallery in October and will celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today and it will introduce a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial.
The exhibition Plain, Satin and Twill will be on display at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale from Friday 18 August until Sunday 15 October 2017.