Craftivism. Open at Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, 17 May – 21 July, 2019

Artists: Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.

Curators: Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates.

A Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who use their craft to make political statements and open a dialogue about various issues facing today’s society. The touring exhibition will be open at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) from 17th May until 21st July.

Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live.

Jane Alexander, MPRG Director said, “It is most interesting though that subversion and dissidence takes many forms: it can be through use of language; treatment of material and traditional practice; exaggeration and disruption; ‘taking on the viewer’ and established societal mores; politicising and attempting to dismantle and debunk propaganda, amongst many things.”

This exhibition addresses a number of themes. Gender, representation and identity are ever-present, because ‘the personal as political’ remains relevant today.

Many artists are engaged with environmental politics and climate change, while others are concerned about contested borders, immigration and democracy.

There will also be a number of events and public programs if you want to learn more and get involved.

Join Craftivism exhibiting artist Deborah Kelly for a Collage Masterclass. In this workshop, learn to play purposefully with pictures and acquire the technical skills to create your own museum-quality, hand-made collage. Over two intensive sessions, Kelly will focus and exercise your visual literacy as you work side by side. Saturday 6 July, 9:30am-12pm and 1:30pm-4pm. Cost $80, bookings essential.

Craftivism exhibiting artist Dr Catherine Bell will be holding a workshop and discussion, Facing Death CreativelyThis collective workshop will use craft materials socially engaged processes to promote healthy and meaningful discussions about our mortality. The workshop takes about 30-40 minutes and involves making a miniature vessel out of a soft, biodegradable, sculpting medium. The vessel becomes a portrait of the maker and a catalyst for discussing the participant’s final resting place. Thursday 18 July, 10:30am-12pm or 1:30-3pm. Cost $15, bookings essential, numbers limited.