TAKING time to notice and to care for people, place and materials of making is the theme behind a Cultivating Slow-Making exhibition opening at the Mundaring Arts Centre on Saturday, October 7 from 1pm – 3pm.
Exhibition curator Annette Nykiel said to cultivate is to care for, nurture and encourage the complex relationships between people, plants, animals and the soils that sustain all of us on Earth.
“Hence, Cultivating Slow-Making is a process of nurturing new works through the exchange of ideas and knowledge, materials, technical skills, and scientific inquiry and nurturing long term relationships. An ongoing engagement with people, materials and skills grounded in connection, care, and sharing,” she said.
Participating artists at the exhibition are Nien Schwarz, Caitlin Stewart, Martien van Zuilen, Annette Nykiel, Kerrie Argent ,Tania Spencer, Tineke van der Eecken, Deidre Robb, Dianne Strahan and Lea Taylor, which will be opened by Lee Kinsella, a WA-based curator and writer.
Raised in the Wheatbelt town of Gillingarra, on the traditional lands of the Yued peoples of the Noongar nation, she is currently curator of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia.
The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art (CCWA) is the only public collection focused specifically on women’s art in Australia, including works from the 1890s to the present day, in a variety of media, and aims to contribute to, and challenge, dialogues about Australian women’s art through exhibitions, teaching, research and publications.
Kinsella has curated and managed exhibitions at Australian state and national public institutions, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Australian War Memorial and The National Film and Sound Archive.
The exhibition continues until November 26 and is open Wed – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat – Sun 11am – 3pm and closed Mon, Tues and public holidays.
Registration for the free opening event is essential and can be made here.