Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calling all beanie lovers everywhere, it you loved the first and second collections or maybe you missed them, now is your chance to catch the fabulous new Colours of the Country III: Alice Springs Beanie Festival national tour together with Collection In Focus: New Acquisitions at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery commencing Saturday 25 March 2017.

A colourful display of over ninety beanies Colours of the Country III highlights the whimsical essence of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival and also showcases works produced by Indigenous artists from the central desert region who are regular contributors to this cross-cultural event. Many gorgeous ideas and stories have been crafted into the pieces on display including the work of many Indigenous painters who have translated their imagery from canvas to textiles.

This collection of beanies from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival demonstrates the growth of the beanie as an art form over the years through the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship inherent in each piece. The festival has provided a community for lovers and makers of beanies.

This collection will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and bring out those knitting needles all over again. The beanie is an icon of Australian headwear and the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to host this colourful touring exhibition from Artback NT in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts and Northern Territory Department of Arts and Museums.

Collection In Focus: New Acquisitions provides an opportunity for visitors to revisit artworks presented in previous exhibitions at the Gallery and make new discoveries. Works include recent winners of the Calleen Art Award, and new works acquired through a private bequest, and the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, as well as artist donations and works purchased through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Gallery. Artists include Susan Baird, Jo Bertini, Yvonne Boag, Greg Daly, Keith Fyfe, Joanna Logue, Tania Mason, Sally McInerney, Idris Murphy, Peter O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty and Jenny Sages.

A special opening for both exhibitions will take place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 1 April from 6pm. All welcome. Guest speaker is Merran Hughes, Artistic Director, Alice Springs Beanie Festival.                                  

Exhibition dates are 25 March to 30 April 2017