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Anna Śliwa Exhibition Curator
Warwick Art Gallery and Brisbane based/Polish born artist Jolanta Szymczyk are collaborating to bring the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition to Australia in 2021/2022.
Approximately 40 works have been selected by the curator Anna Śliwa for the tour, a combination of free standing and hanging works.
Itinerary (correct 16 March 2021 but subject to change)
22 May – 13 July 2021 Capalaba Art Gallery, Capalaba, Queensland
22 July – 18 August 2021 Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, Colac, Victoria
27 August – 15 September 2021 The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour, Queensland
2 October - 20 November 2021 Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Block 19, Wodonga, Victoria
4 December 2021 – 15 January 2022 Warwick Art Gallery, Warwick, Queensland
22 January – 12 March 2022 Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, Miles, Queensland
15 May – 19 June 2022 Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, New South Wales
Work on this exhibition started in 2012 when Queen of Tea Cosies Loani Prior and photographer Mark Crocker travelled to six towns in three states meeting tea cosy guardians and recording their stories. From these meetings Mark has produced 40 black and white portraits of the interviewees with their tea cosies in colour. Their stories have been turned into an audio presentation and delightful quotes about family, friendship and the joy of owning something handcrafted.
This exhibition also stars 20 exuberant TEA COSIES created by Loani Prior, author of three best selling books, Wild Tea Cosies, Really Wild Tea Cosies and How Tea Cosies Change the World. They are knitted objets d’art, woolly sculptures; clever and funny, like nothing you will have seen before.
The exhibition was displayed first in Warwick during Jumpers and Jazz in July 2013. The tour includes the following locations: Mittagong, Northern Territory, Hervey Bay, Miles, Longreach, Bundaberg, Ballina and Canberra. The tour was completed in 2015. Mark Crocker's prtraits are now part of the Warwick Art Gallery collection.
This project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian state and territory governments and by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.