CONFLUENCE + BEEING
7 July - 27 August 2022
Craft ACT warmly invites you to join us for the openings of CONFLUENCE + BEEING
CONFLUENCE: 2021 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
Valerie Kirk | Harriet Schwarzrock
The annual Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Artist-in-residence program supports local and national artists to each undertake a residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park, and a two week research component within a national cultural institution in Canberra. The program facilitates access for the artist to national cultural, tertiary and research institutions and their collections, curators and researchers. A group exhibition of new work by each artist is held annually, and a catalogue produced about the program is disseminated internationally.
Dr. Julie Bartholomew | Mahala Hill
This exhibition features the work of established craft-based artist Dr Julie Bartholomew and early-career contemporary ceramic artist Mahala Hill. The title of this exhibition is aspirational because it refers to the continuing survival of bees, beeing pollinators and beeing in existence. Populations of bees are on the decline on a global scale. They are severely impacted particularly in Australia since the Black Summer fires. The loss of billions of insects is little understood, and there are consequences for humans because bees are major pollinators and sustain biodiversity.
Beeing aims to bring bring greater visibility to bees through the craft practices of these artists. Both artists aim to utilise the aesthetic power of craft practice to engage audiences and encourage critical discourse around the significance of bees and threats to biodiversity.