Aiming to bridge the gap between farm and fashion The Art of Wool is a touring exhibition from the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) in partnership with The Woolmark Company.
Significant artworks drawn from NERAM’s extensive collection of Australian art including paintings by Sydney Long, Thomas Cooper, Blamire Young and Emily Kame Kngwarreye emphasise the role of wool in the artistic and design imagination of Australia from the 19th century until the present day.
The artworks are complemented by avant-garde fashion garments selected from the International Woolmark Prize archive at The Woolmark Company. With an emphasis on the work of young and emerging international fashion designers the garments include the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize winner Rahul Mishra and Australian designers Alistair Trung, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, ELLERY, Magdalena Velevska and STRATEUS.CARLUCCI.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue to provide further insights into the exhibition content with images of the garments and artworks; alongside essays by fashion historian Associate Professor Margaret Maynard, artist and academic Adam Geczy and art historian Christine France OAM.
The Art of Wool exhibition will be on show at the following venues:
- Goulburn Regional Art Gallery: 8 April – 21 May 2016
- Hamilton Art Gallery: 20 June – 14 August 2016
- Dubbo Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre: 6 March – 6 May 2017
- National Wool Museum, Geelong: 1 September – 19 November 2017
- Manning Regional Gallery, Taree: 28 November 2017 – 1 February 2018
- Stanthorpe Regional Gallery: 2 April – 13 May 2018
- Tamworth Regional Gallery: 9 August – 6 October 2018
The Art of Wool exhibition is presented by The Woolmark Company and New England Regional Art Museum. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry of the Arts Visions of Australia program.