- Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Exploded textiles, a partnership between AGNSW and Tamworth Regional Gallery, is an exhibition of contemporary textile-based works from the AGNSW and Tamworth collections that celebrates Tamworth’s famous focus on textile art, as home of the Tamworth Textile Triennial (or its precursors) since 1975. Exploded textiles will be staged on an off-year of the triennial. In addition, the partnership is tailored to celebrate 100 years of the Tamworth Regional Gallery in 2019, and the staging of Exploded textiles will coincide with Tamworth’s hosting of the Regional Arts NSW conference Artstate 2019.
The exhibition works explore textiles in compelling ways: for their inherent properties (Lauren Brincat); their capacity to declare and to create dialogue (Tracey Emin, Raquel Ormella); to make connections between nature and culture (Anne Graham, Narelle Jubelin); to engage in narratives of modernism (Justin Trendall, Jonathan Monk), and to speak of memory, displacement and identity (Hossein Valamanesh, Mona Hatoum). Together they propose an idea of textiles that has exploded out of our usual understanding of ‘textile art’. By articulating today’s multi-faceted approaches to art-making with and through textiles, leading Australian and International artists reveal the strength of their strong engagement with contemporary life, society and politics beyond the studio.