The Alchemists – Aboriginal Fibre Art

Exhibition and Shows

4 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

New FORM exhibition highlights the alchemy of Aboriginal fibre art in Australia.

From ghost net sculpture to body amour, new FORM fibre art survey show The Alchemists draws together diverse contemporary weaving practice from Aboriginal artists and art centres from across Australia.

Opening at The Goods Shed, Claremont, The Alchemists features groundbreaking new artworks by artists from Groote Eylandt to the Mornington Peninsula, exploring a continually evolving artistic practice which remains grounded in a traditional reliance on found or natural materials.

Among them is Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) award-winning Kieren Karritpul, who translates to canvas the traditional weavings of his mother, grandmother and great grandmother in the Northern Territory and Cairns artist and curator Grace Lillian Lee, who crafts the palm frond weave adornments distinctive of her Torres Strait Islander heritage into fashion.

Also artists from across Northern Australia who are putting their own spin on transforming the wreckage of plastic fishing nets found washed up on their beaches into art as activism: coiled and plaited into marine animals, some with debris in their stomachs, highlighting the impact of these ghost nets on the environment.

The exhibition runs until the end of December 2019.


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Event Times

4 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Once Only Event


The Goods Shed

4 Shenton Road, Claremont, 6010

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