Machines & Makers
June 21 – July 14
Machines & Makers: displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines captures the extraordinary history of a disruptive technology from the 19th Century that changed the world. The exhibition takes us through the magic of creating stitch, texture and beauty, and reflects on the disposable clothing culture of the 21st Century.
The proposition for this exhibition was to invite a response from twelve artists, each coming from a widely different skill sets and talent base, but each of them bringing a high level of intelligent thought to the invention and what that machine meant in terms of economic, political and social change within households from the 1850’s to the present day.
The artist’s various approaches can be broadly grouped into three areas of investigation – the political, social and economic differences made by the inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.
An ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition.
ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is sponsored by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit health message.
Image credit: Judith Forrest Back Stitch: Decorating with Needles, 2016, oil on canvas. Photographer: Eva Fernandez