The complete ‘Make the World Again’ featuring all twenty artists was curated and planned for exhibition at Crafted Vancouver in May 2020 and again in 2021. Due to the lockdown restrictions for both years this exhibition, along with curator Kevin Murray and a selection of artists , were unable to travel to Vancouver to present this outstanding exhibition of contemporary textile art from Australia. MTWA was instead exhibited at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia. Thankfully we are able to present a virtual tour of the exhibition produced by the ATW, which you can view here. It is our hope to finally bring this exhibition to Vancouver during Crafted Vancouver 2022.
The accompanying panel discussion of ‘Make the World Again’ featuring curator, Dr. Kevin Murray who speaks with exhibiting artists Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, Siri Hayes and Sara Lindsay and anthropologist Dr. David Turnbull can be heard in its entirety here.
‘Make the World Again’ exhibits thirteen Australian contemporary textile artists who symbolically and materially bridge what divides us. Techniques such as tapestry weaving, embroidery, dyeing, screen printing and cloth weaving are employed to explore how textiles bind our world together – connecting humans and nature, settler and indigenous, migrant and host.
The current pandemic has pulled the world apart, as borders are closed, jobs are lost and doors locked on places where we gather. As we adjust, the choice is whether to restore what was before or use this opportunity to re-connect with what’s essential – nature, country and shared humanity. These textile artists anticipate the challenges we face coming out of lockdown, in reconstructing a world, better than before.
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, Kate Abude, Mary Burgess, Cresside Collette, Siri Hayes, Valerie Kirk, Sara Lindsay, Vicki Mason, Julia Raath, Shuklay Tahpo, Susie Vickery, Ilka White, Liz Williamson
Crafted Vancouver acknowledges Lee Daroch, Sharon Peoples, Yuneun Pérez, Mu Naw Poe, Eloise Rapp, Abdullah M. I. Syed and Sera Waters whose artwork would have joined the exhibition if it had traveled to Canada.