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SYMPOSIUM: STARTING AT ZERO

Bauhaus artist Anni Albers had an enduring interest in the material limitations of textiles and the possibilities these constraints offered. Encouraging her students to “start at the point of zero”, she advocated for practitioners to rethink the fundamentals of textiles and then test their boundaries—her approaches to materiality continue to influence practitioners today. This one-day symposium brings together practitioners and thinkers to explore the vast potentials of fibre and textiles as both a material and subject in contemporary practice. The program features a keynote presentation from Antonia Syme AM, Director, Australian Tapestry Workshop, alongside a series of conversations with exhibiting artists, curators, and guest speakers. Discussions consider how contemporary artists draw on the influences of Minimalism through the grid, subvert gendered perceptions around craft, and explore the significance of textiles within material culture.


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