12 June -16 August | Gallery 1
Petite Miniature Textiles 2020 exhibition is the 6th iteration of this popular and much loved event. Occurring biennially, this exhibition showcases the best small textile artworks from around the nation. This exhibition continues to grow in popularity with artists from around the country participating by creating contemporary textiles no larger than 30x30x30cm.
Petite has become a highlight of the gallery’s program and focus for contemporary textile art practitioners. A diverse array of techniques and themes explore everything from colour, texture and decoration to social, political and environmental issues, propelling textiles into the realm of the visual arts.
To celebrate the 2020 Petite exhibition the Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to release this beautifully designed online catalogue that is guaranteed to delight and intrigue all of those who choose to explore. It will act as an important archive recording this year’s event, recording this unique time in history due to the COVID restrictions, but most importantly allowing access to all who are not able to visit the exhibition in person.
Online Exhibition Catalogue
Artist Talks – Online
As part of the online outreach programming for the 2020 Petite Miniatures exhibition, we are delighted to feature selected artists who have provided these wonderful short videos on their professional practice as Australian contemporary textile artists.
Ruby Berry is a Canberra based textile artist who creates sculptural textiles works with sensory engagement. Her work explores ideas of protection, comfort and containment. She uses traditional, natural materials combined with traditional process of hand spinning and basket making to create contemporary crafted objects. The objects act as a physical record of her gestures of making, communicating to the viewer the intimacy, time and energy devoted to each object.
Tara Glastonbury is a quilt artist and designer with a preference for using recycled materials. She is particularly conscious that, in most communities, textile art or craft is seen as women’s work and is – perhaps as a consequence – largely undervalued. Tara explores the themes of fabric production and its environmental impact and the tension between corporate life and working as a maker.
Jennifer Robertson – is a Canberra based textile artist and lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art & Design in Canberra. Acclaimed internationally for innovative and complex woven textiles, she uses a unique purpose built digital handloom and her works span a broad range of textile practice-led research outcomes including sculptural relief and miniature 3D artworks, interior and fashion.
Gillian Bencke – is an artist based in Newcastle, NSW. She works in photography, sculpture, installation and fibre. Bencke uses found fabrics to create small sculpture works.
Amanda Ho – is a Melbourne based weaver. Born in Melbourne and spending part of her childhood in Hong Kong, her practice draws on the duality of her heritage. Originally an architect, she has now refocused on weaving. Her interest in design, materials, patterns, structures, and focus on details, continues to be reflected in her work. She employs a contemporary approach to traditional techniques and materials in both function and non-functional works.
image: Ruby Berry, Pomegranate, 2019 Basketry, 12H x 10W x 10D