Kay Abude – Performing Textiles : Textile Towns

Saturday 21 September  | 1pm – 4pm


Performing Textiles: Textile Towns is a 3-hour performance workshop engaging in ideas of work and labour developed and facilitated by Melbourne-based artist Kay Abude. Participants will take part in a hands on process-based workshop in Gallery 2 responding to historical research from the 1900s Abude has collected on Wangaratta as the ‘Town of Textiles’. Participants will develop performative artworks in response to photographs of manufacturing by Wolfgang Sievers, stories from Bruck Textiles and the Wangaratta Woolen Mills.

Kay Abude is an artist engaged in many forms of making, including sculpture, large-scale installation, performance, photography and silk-screen printing. A current Gertrude Studio Artist 2019-2021, Abude is interested in the nature of labour, with its economic, repetitive and somatic properties, and how work connects and divides us.
Recent projects include POWER 2019 curated into National Anthem at Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, and WORK WORTH DOING at the Castlemaine State Festival 2019. She has also exhibited at the Auckland Art Fair 2018 and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. Abude holds a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, 2010. She has received numerous awards and grants including a 2018 Vic Arts Grant from Creative Victoria and a 2018 HUME Arts Award.


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image: Kay Abude, Onshore Production, (detail), 2018, digital print on textiles and sewn into garments, dimensions variable.  Artwork commissioned as part of State of the Union, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 24 July – 28 October.  Garments were worn by Front of House staff and Gallery Information Officers during the exhibition.