In June, our very first international artist is heading to Platform all the way from London for her debut Australian exhibition and a series of workshops.
Join Jess de Wahls - known as the 'enfant terrible of British textile arts' - for two amazing feminist embroidery workshops.
Saturday 2nd June: Big Swinging Ovaries embroidery workshop
Sunday 3rd June: Vagestic Mandala embroidery workshop
You'll be guided through embroidery basics to help create your own feminist memento which you can take home at the end of the day.
Step by step instructions will be provided, as well as all necessary materials, patterns, hoops, fabric, needles, pencils, scissors and a selection of colourful embroidery floss.
You don't need to be a seasoned stitcher to take part in this workshop. What's absolutely needed is an open mind to a contemporary approach to an old craft, and a little patience since embroidery is a time-intensive art form.
Each workshop is limited to 10 places so early booking is advised.
Blue Mountains artist Adam James K was a world-renowned photographer before he went back to art school to learn new ways to bring stories to life. Adam has spent the past four years creating over 300 artworks in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and we are deeply honoured to be exhibiting this work at Platform.
Join us for the opening of Adam's exhibition, Public Stoning of a Pedophile Priest, on Friday 9 February, 5.30pm.
Read more about this exhibition in an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette: Sex abusers confronted through art.
Maximalism: a reaction against minimalism; an aesthetic of excess and redundancy. More is more.
For Blue Mountains fashion designer Chrissie Powell, maximalism represents a joyful explosion of colour and a celebration of eccentricity, queerness and uniqueness - all the parts of herself she kept hidden for so many years. Come celebrate maximalism with us at the opening of Chrissie's exhibition of extraordinary wearable art and textiles.
Opening night drinks 5.30pm Friday January 12.
Edition 3 of our zine is out now! Forget stuffy art catalogues - pop into the gallery for a free copy of our short, sweet, DIY zine instead - or read it online here.
This edition features interviews with Kevina-Jo Smith and Chrissie Powell about their upcoming solo exhibitions; a profile of contemporary jeweller Sondi; a story about our current group show; and a little editorial about the act of creativity.
Our zine comes out once a quarter, and is a great way to stay up-to-date with what's on at the gallery. Stay tuned for our next make and share zine night too!
Ona Janzen is an award-winning photographer based in Blackheath. Her work 'two weeks: self portrait' is featured in our group show, Uncovering Argentina, which asks artists to respond to the environmental problem of plastic.
Ona is known for her dark, moody and haunting photography. We sat down with Ona to find out about her process and inspiration, how she stumbled across 'dark' photography and why she loves working with children.
See Ona's work in our group show Uncovering Argentina, on at Platform until December 4.
Opening night Friday 10 November 5.30-7pm
Mankind has produced enough plastic to completely cover the country of Argentina – and only 8% of all plastic is ever recycled. We know that by 2050 there will more plastic in the oceans than fish. Uncovering Argentina invites artists to consider how we might begin to deal with our plastic problem, in a group show featuring 11 artists from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Adelaide.
Exhibiting artists include: Heidi Axelsen, Georgia Blackie, Victoria Bramwell-Davis, Claire Brooks, Madeleine Chalfant, Saskia Everingham, Grace Hobson, Ona Janzen, Rachel Peachy & Paul Mosig, and Kevina-Jo Smith.
Mt Victoria resident Julie Ankers was so moved by our current exhibition that she has purchased an artwork in order to donate it. Thanks to Julie’s generosity, a ‘tactile memory stone’, the work of Wentworth Falls artist Sophie Conolly, is on its way to the National Centre for Childhood Grief in Sydney.
The memory stones are part of the exhibition Repaired Relations, which examines the issues of childhood loss, emotional isolation and mourning. These themes emerged as Sophie’s artistic process evolved, culminating in a body of work which is being shown publicly for the first time at Platform Gallery.
“I created the tactile memory stones after experiencing a closing ceremony at another grief centre, which involved the sharing and passing of stones that are symbolic of the healing that has occurred,” said Sophie. “This is my representation of those stones, which are symbolic of my grief, and I invite the audience to share and hold the tactile stones so that we may share the experience.”
Julie Ankers, who has purchased a tactile memory stone to be donated, said “I decided to make the donation while I was listening to an interview with Sophie. I was so touched by how Sophie was comforted by making them. I thought about how children who had lost a parent or loved one could receive the same sort of solace by holding the stones; being comforted by their tactile nature.”
Sophie uses materials that remind her of her childhood, from the seeds and leaves in her strands of Morse Code which spell out poems her father used to recite with her; to textured, tactile fabrics which offer up comfort; to family photos and letters that feel symbolic, recalling a pivotal time in her childhood. She uses techniques that traditionally have ‘women’s work’ connotations, such as sewing, embroidery and papier-mâché.
“With Repaired Relations I am sewing to repair and connect the past to the present; the good memories with the bad,” says Sophie.
The public are invited to pick up Sophie’s tactile memory stones are part of the exhibition, and feel their soothing quality for themselves. Repaired Relations is on at Platform Gallery until 6 November.
We're having a crafternoon here in gallery on Sunday 29 October, 2-5 pm.
Come along and surround yourself with other craft-minded people as you sew, knit, crochet, scrapbook, weave, bead – whatever your crafty pleasure! There shall be many cups of tea and a lovely group of other crafters to share a sunny afternoon with, all in the beautiful surrounds of our craft gallery. There’s no cost to come along, just bring yourself and your craft. All ages and abilities welcome - we look forward to seeing you.
And if you can't make it to this one but are still interested, let us know as we hope to turn crafternoons into a regular event if there's enough demand. You can get in touch with Kelly via email.