Crafitvism.

Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
Saturday, 24 November, 2018 to Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Paul Yore, What a Horrid Fucking Mess, 2016, textile wall hanging; mixed media, 210 x 342 cm (irreg.), purchased with Ararat Rural City Council acquisition allocation, 2016. Collection of Ararat Gallery TAMA.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes. Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.

Artists include: Slow Art Collective, Paul Yore, Debris Facility, Kate Just, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Penny Byrne, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman, Kate Rohde, Michelle Hamer, Raquel Ormella, Hiromi Tango, Erub Arts, Catherine Bell, Tai Snaith, Karen Black, Starlie Geikie, Deborah Kelly.