Momentum MPRG Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE 24 October – 29 November 2009

Momentum: 18th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial

A Tamworth Regional Gallery exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries NSW

Textiles can be seen as pioneering the way forward with new ideas, materials, technologies and applications. The 18th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial reflects this important development and the ever-increasing rate of change in this field. The display presents the vibrancy of contemporary Australian textiles, exploring the forces that drive our most innovative and accomplished practitioners.

Since the early 1970s, the Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial has continued to provide audiences with an exciting and vibrant survey exhibition of contemporary fibre textiles.

Curator Valerie Kirk comments that, ‘Textile artists work inventively because of the rapidly changing context of their world, pushing the boundaries and communicating through their original expressive forms. The strength of their work comes from the artist’s ability to respect tradition and history while engaging with the momentum of progress.’

Interestingly, the accessibility of the language of textiles, and its relevance to contemporary life, demonstrates why artists have elected to work in this medium. “Artists are in a position to choose if and how to access high-tech materials and processes to enhance their work.” Valerie Kirk further commented. This touring exhibition will provide audiences with a focus on the finest and most exploratory aspects of contemporary fibre textile practice.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Christine Aitkins, Babbarra Designs, Jane Bowden, Alana Clifton-Cunningham, Annabelle Collett, Fiona Gavino, Robyn Glade-Wright, Hilary Green, Mandy Gunn, Cecilia Heffer, Melissa Hirsch, Liz Jeneid, Jill Kinnear, Kelly Leonard, Rodney Love,

Momentum identifies various artists on the move, embracing the future with works that both surprise and inspire; twenty-five artists from across Australia have been selected for the Biennial. This proves an exciting exhibition of new works that push the boundaries of traditional practice, with an interesting mix of emerging and more established artists, all offering fresh ideas and new approaches. Penny Malone

Gum Blossom

hand printed pigment on cotton and

laser cut painted acrylic fan

Image: Penny Malone


Fashion Fan 2007 (detail) Penny Malone, Elisa Markes-Young, Lucille Martin, Vicki mason, Ainslie Murray, Debra Porch, Louise Saxton, Demelza Sherwood, Annie Trevillian, Elefteria Vlavianos.

Come along to our special event

The exhibition will be on at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from the 24 October until the 29 November 2009.

Weave with Mandy Gunn on Thursday 29 October, 11am–12 noon, Members $8, Guests $10, at the MPRG, bookings essential, phone 5975 4395. Learn about the well known textile artist’s use recycled materials for sculptures and installations, how she became interested in weaving, and how her art form has evolved over time. FOR FURTHER MEDIA INFORMATION

Rowena Wiseman or Anna Davidson | 5977 2286 |


Location: Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm

Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession

General information: 03 5975 4395



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