Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nets Exhibition at Barometer Gallery 30 July to 14th August 2011

Barometer Gallery website

Exhibition meeting at Strathnairn 13th August 2011

The final meeting before our Casting the Net exhibition will be held at Strathnairn on Saturday 13th August from 10 til 12. Afterwards anyone who would like to, can join us for lunch at the Strathnairn Homestead Cafe.

There are a few final details (such as the roster for minding the exhibition) and some finished work to be presented, so we hope you will come along.

Casting the Net Exhibition Planning Meeting at the Village Hall, Strathnairn, Saturday 16 July 2011

16 networkers turned up with their work to compare notes and discuss plans for the exhibition - Wendy, Rosina, Ola, Valerie, Bev Thomas and Bev Moxon, Katherine White, Maryann, Lynne, Sharon, Barbara, Marli, Jenny, Belinda, Gabriella and Nancy.

Liz Jeneid also sent in her exhibition piece. Gabriella will contact the other members of the group who for one reason or another couldn't be at the meeting to find out what they have in mind to be included*.

It was wonderful to see so much new and exciting work. This bodes well for Casting the Net to make a strong statement.

Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and commitment. 

Most networkers have paid the exhibition fee of $30, thank you. This will cover the hire of the galleries $240 and some catalogue printing costs and incidentals.

Jenny Manning has agreed to write a short catalogue essay which could also be used for publicity. For this she will need everyone's artist statement so please get these to Gabriella as soon as possible. 

Gabriella will do the labels (Maryann to help?) also the art work and the cover for the catalogue. She plans a page about each artist so please make sure you have all catalogue details (see below), including statements, in by the deadline, Sunday 7 August. Email to Gabriella ( I am not putting her email on the blog as it is open access and she will be spammed with Junk) Email my self of Nancy if you don't have Gabriella's email.

Artist name:
Title of work:
Size: height x width x depth in cm
Artist statement: max 250 words
Own art practice statement; max 250 words
Contact details - mobile/email/website for enquiries about your work from the public
Images of work - high resolution (up to 2 MG) I detail and I overall
Price or NFS
Please note that there is a 20 per cent commission payable to Strathnairn Association. And there is no insurance cover.

There will also be a folder with plastic sleeves available for you to add extra information in the gallery space.

Please also note that we are only doing an electronic invitation. This will be distributed two weeks before the Opening by Strathnairn and media links. We'll also ask The Mutton Family to send it on their textile network.

Nancy will receive work in the Strathnairn Homestead Gallery on Monday 22 August 2-4 pm. Please note that you will be asked to help fill in a roster for minding the exhibition. As there will be 18 sessions of 3 hrs each you will probably only have to sign for one slot.

The opening times will be 10-4.30 Friday Saturday Sunday from 26 August until 11 September. Please collect your work or arrange for others to do it on your behalf on the last day between 4 and 4.30. As Nancy will be overseas by then we need a volunteer to supervise the dismantling process. Any offers?

Casting the Net Opening 4pm Saturday 27 August
The Opener will be Dr Chris Bourke MLA Member for Ginnindera. He will be introduced by Anita McIntyre, President of Strathnairn Arts Association. Rosina will be coordinating catering for the Opening. Please note that everyone is asked to contribute food and drink to this event.

NB The 16 July meeting went so well we got the impression most people didn't need the meeting planned for 13 August. Also several people will be away then, some helping with the Barometer exhibition in Sydney. Please let us know by return if you have a problem about us cancelling the 13 August meeting.

Meeting at Strathnairn 15th July 2011- Nancy Tingey

Works for Barometer Gallery Sydney.

Meeting at Strathnairn 15th July 2011- Barbara Jackson

Works for Barometer Gallery Sydney.

Meeting at Strathnairn 15th July 2011- Gabriella Hegyes

Works for Barometer Gallery Sydney.

Meeting at Strathnairn 15th July 2011- Marlie Popple

Works for Barometer Gallery Sydney.

Meeting at Strathnairn 15th July 2011- Bev Moxom

Works for Barometer Gallery Sydney.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Barbara Jackson

My net is cast using recycled copper wire. It began its life linking us to power and telecommunication. The knitted copper has a delicateness that translates to the exchange of memories.

This body of work looks at likeness, with the graphite reflection of the knit, a fragility in the delicate knitted vessels and a familiarity with the multi needle knit. The patina of the two vessels has been changed. This represents an added degree of fragility of our exchange of recollections.

The sculptural piece with ‘needles’ has a supplementary significance as it links to the transference of craft expertise from me to my daughter in law and from her back to me.

Barbara Jackson graduated from the National Institute of Art, ANU, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She has a Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Education from the University of Canberra. She is a published author and regularly exhibits her art, photography and textiles. Her last solo exhibition was in 2010 @ Strathnairn Gallery titled ‘vessels of affinity’ a mixed media exhibition. Some group exhibitions in 2010-2011 were Nets, Foyer Gallery Canberra School of Art, Mexico and Barometer Gallery in Sydney and Belco Bizarre at Belconnen Arts Centre, The Book is the Thing, Tuggeranong Arts and ‘out of the box’ Strathnairn Gallery.
More details of her work can be found @