Rag String Vessel Construction with Ilka White

There’s something lovely about a vessel for holding things.

This hands-on workshop begins with string making, then introduces Looping and Coiling as ways to construct vessels from humble rags.


Date: Sunday 22nd Oct, 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost:$120
For bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279804
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

Experiment and cross-pollination are central to the process, with approaches to shaping addressed as we go along. These techniques lend themselves to sculptural outcomes and a plethora of designs and applications begin to suggest themselves the more broadly we think!

Other workshops Ilka will be holding at the Arts Hub:
Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

Braided Rag Rug workshop
Date: Saturday 2nd Sept, 10am-4pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279802

For more information:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
http://www.ilkawhite.com.au

Braided Rag Rug workshop with Ilka White

A great way to recycle old clothes and fabric!

In our second workshop with visual artists Ilka White, we will learn to make fantastic rag rugs using an off-loom, spiral-woven braiding technique, in this one day workshop. We share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in these workshops, as well as covering cloth and fibre types.

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Date: Saturday 2nd Sept, 10am-4pm
Cost: $120 per person
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279802
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested


Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. This braiding technique weaves in as we go so there is no stitching up required afterward.

Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags…

Most people’s work by the end of the class is about the size of a dinner plate. The completed size is up to you, and could range from a small mat to a room-sized rug. This workshop gives you all the skills you need to finish off the rug at home.

Other workshops Ilka will be holding at the Arts Hub:
Natural dyeing and tablet weaving
Date: August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

String vessel construction workshop
Date: Sunday 22nd Oct, 9.30am-4.40pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279804

For more information:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
http://www.ilkawhite.com.au

Botanical dyeing and tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White

Later on in the year we are excited to announce we will be running a series of workshops with talented textile artist Ilka White. I know it is a little while off, but we don’t want you to miss out!

All workshops will be held in the warm, spacious and light filled workshop room at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, but take note… this is a Lab-like workshop – you will be using the stove burners in the kitchen, plus outside areas.

The first in the series will be a 2 day workshop:

Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $200
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

To make a booking: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

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Day 1
For thousands of years plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric and a beautiful natural palette is still available today without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer you harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and dye safety. A shibori technique will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

Day 2
Tablet weaving is a method of making narrow bands, belts and straps on an ingenious ‘loom’ consisting essentially of a pack of cards with holes in the corners. An ancient technology, examples of tablet looms have been uncovered from the Iron Age and earlier! Learn to weave a beautifully patterned band on a portable loom that’s yours to keep. We’ll be weaving with the botanically coloured yarns dyed the previous day in our Natural Dyeing Workshop!

For more info:

Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
www.ilkawhite.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Newstead Art Salon Exhibition

Newstead Art Salon Exhibition

Newstead Community Centre
Fri 17th – Sun 26th March
Open 10am – 4pm daily

It’s the Castlemaine State Festival time again, and like two years ago (when the Newstead Art Salon’s exhibition was titled ‘Spadeworks’), Newstead’s artists are holding a collective exhibition at the Community Centre. Over 100 works were exhibited in the last show, which was extremely successful, so come along during the festival to enjoy an extraordinary diversity of talent and creative artworks.

The formal opening of the exhibition will be on Sunday 19th March, at 2pm. It will be opened by local identities and all round good guys, former Councilor and Mayor Michael Redden and Nick Hudson.

Alternative Destinations Exhibition

Alternative Destinations Exhibition will be on at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub during the Castlemaine State Festival.

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Where: Newstead Railway Arts Hub 8a Tivey St, Newstead
When:  Open daily 10am-4pm, March 18-26th

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This project focuses on the energy of enquiry and the spaces of creative practice that broaden beyond the studio. Bringing together an array of innovative works for exploration and discovery. Accompanying map and catalogue available at Margot Wine Bar or Newstead Railway Arts Hub.

Artists include: Warwick Baker, Ben Blackett, Jessie Boylan, Gabrielle Brauer, Domenico de Clario, Tara Gilbee, Kristian Haggblom, Penelope Hunt, Lyndal Jones, Fiona Kennaugh, Tobias Richardson, Vin Ryan, Jacques Soddell, Zoe Volpato, Robyn Walton, Hayley West.

Enquiries: Contact Tara on 0431 837 490
gilbeetara@yahoo.com.au
http://www.taragilbee.com/blog

 

Newstead’s studios open their doors

During the Castlemaine State Festival eight studios will open their doors providing access to a diverse selection of passionately created artworks from 11 artists.

Open during the weekends of 18th & 19th and 25th & 26th March 2017 from 10-4pm with some studios open throughout the week. Please check the website for more details.

Download the map here: Newstead Open Studios map final

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Brochures are available from various outlets in Newstead, Castlemaine and Maldon… or you can download the guide directly on your phone or tablet: Newstead Open Studios map final The artists are looking forward to sharing stories of their artistic journeys. They want to inspire visitors with their endeavours and hope guests appreciate the uniqueness of their artwork and support their efforts with a purchase that has an intriguing story attached.

Below is a small glimpse of what is waiting for you at the Newstead Open Studios

Chris Johnston’s medium is clay; sculptural and functional, which reflects her connection to place and the land.

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Roger McKindley’s Antares Iron Art Garden is where broken and discarded objects morph together to live once again.
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Brass and copper are manipulated by Trefor Prest to create intricate, organic and mechanical oddities – with a touch of Steampunk.
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Sarah Koschak creates functional wheel thrown porcelain pottery for everyday use. Her pieces are simply elegant.
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Sally Roadnight explores the landscape through the artistry of various found objects and media including drawing, sewing, printing, sculpture and basketry.

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Printmaker Richard Sullivan is influenced by his environment which is reflected in the artist books, collage and altered books he creates.
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Prue McAdam’s special love of abstraction and gestural marks is explored in her paintings. Prue paints using a variety of media.

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Striving for the highest quality of woodwork of which his hands and mind are capable, Lachlan Park makes ‘things’ from wood.

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Krissy Scherlies is currently allowing her imagination to take control as she paints colourful, contemporary canvases using paint and sand.

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Julie Patey utilises printmaking and mixed media to explore the process of art making through the use of colour, shape and texture to echo her connection to the landscape of central Victoria.

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Stunning nature photographs of the bush reserve surrounding the Old Walmer School are captured by photographer Bronwyn Silver.

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Thanks to Kristin Scherlies.

Lyndal Jones Presentation

Lyndal Jones is a feminist and artist who focuses on context, place and empowerment through long-term projects involving performance and video installation.

The Avoca Project, her current work began as an address to climate change action from the perspective of a small Australian country town in central Victoria.

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What happens next …

Lyndal will present some propositions for a conversation on art, ecology and the feminine within a regional community drawing on 12 years of The Avoca Project.

For more information on The Avoca Project visit:
http://www.avocaproject.or

Time: Sunday 19 March 2017 3-4pm
Where: The Newstead Railway Station, 8a Tivey St, Newstead, VIC 3462

Book online:https://www.trybooking.com/PEGB
Contact: Tara Gilbee : 0431837490 : gilbeetara@yahoo.com.au

For more information on Alternative Destination events: http://www.taragilbee.com/blog

New exhibition: 30 years

The forthcoming exhibition at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub is a celebration of a 30-year friendship between three artists, George Duckett, George Matoulas and Rob Dott.

The exhibition will open on Sunday 15th January with an opening gathering at 2pm. It will run until Sunday 5th February.

Opening hours are 11am – 4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Between them they have, in various combinations, studied together, shared houses and studios and the myriad of other sharings that constitute a friendship, including a concern for the vicissitudes of each others studio practice.

Despite a common geographic departure point of Fitzroy, Melbourne and a shared sensibility about the value of craftsmanship in the making of work the exhibition contains three disparate thematic concerns; weaponry, music and the tree .The exhibition also contains multitudinous mediums including a tapestry, work on paper, intaglio prints, paintings and assemblages.

Synergy – Creative photography exhibition

Through December 2016 and into the new year, we have an exhibition featuring the creative work of four central Victorian photographers: Rob Watson, Natalie Coombes, Nathan Segaloff and Aden Brown. Each have been exploring diverse photographic techniques and concepts, resulting in unique and impressive images.

The exhibition – entitled ‘Synergy‘ – will be opened by the Arts Hub’s own Julie Patey at 2pm on Saturday 10th December, and you are warmly invited.

The exhibition will be open 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday from 10th December – 7th January, excluding the Sundays of Xmas Day and New Years Day.

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Nathan Segaloff

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Natalie Coombes

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Aden Brown

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MAG-nificent: Journeying with Maldon Art Group

Maldon Art Group – MAG – is an eclectic group of artists with wildly differing art experiences and practice. They meet weekly, without fail, throughout the year only having the Christmas week off.

Their gatherings are full of chat, laughter and food, with advice and feedback given when requested. A warm, supportive group.

This inaugural exhibition showcases their diverse styles and embraces their joy at being part of such a unique group.

The exhibition will run from 11th of November until the 4th of December, open 10am – 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Opening night is at 6pm on the 11th of November – all welcome.

MAG embraces a range of media including, oils, house paint, fabric, watercolour, acrylic, pencil and charcoal, reflecting their journey together. There is fantasy, realism and quirkiness in equal measure.

MAG hope that this will be an exhibition where people will come along and become lost in the work they offer and then return for another look, bringing a friend with them.