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Memories Moving On (The Wagga: Then and Now) – Artist Talk and Introduction to Community Wagga
1 May at 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
In the town of Wagga Wagga during the 1930s, mill workers began to sew jute flour bags together with packing needles and twine to create blankets for keeping warm. Over the years, women added pieces of clothing, old cloth and padding and the ‘domestic Wagga’ was born. During the Armadale Arts Festival, you are in for a rare and special treat. A group exhibition in celebration of the humble textile Wagga; its history, transitions and creative uprising. Proudly brought to you by Waterwheel Gallery and the wonderful women of the Unfinished Object Creatives (UFOs).
This group of local artists meets on a weekly basis to sit in companionship while they complete unfinished pieces. Laughter, chat, rare moments of silence, even tears are shared as the women set the world to right, discussing art, life and all its peculiarities. Most of the creatives are multi-versed in various arts and crafts, with the majority involved in forms of textiles.
The UFOs are holding a diverse showcase of the more traditional and the contemporary artistic Waggas in all teir interpretations and manifestations. Other up-cycling of cloth and mixed media turned into artistic and wondrous things is included in the exhibition to show what is possible with objects thought to be past their use-by dates. During the exhibition, there will be floor talks on the history of the Wagga, artist demonstrations and workshops.
Local textile artists highlighted in the exhibition will be Trudi Pollard, Helen O’Neill, Linda Stokes, Bobbie Bates, Aggie King-Azzam and Sue Doorey. Three respected artisans from the town of Narrogin will be exhibiting their Waggas. Other well-known artists more versed in paint, mixed media, clay and illustration have been given the challenge to create their own versions of a Wagga – we will wait and see what evolves…
One of the exciting highlights will be the opportunity for visitors to participate in the creation of a giant Community Wagga over the course of the exhibition.
Presented by Waterwheel Gallery.