Above: Reframe the touring exhibition of the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards on display at the Bushman’s Artisan Gallery in Blackall. Image Credit: Lynette Hardie.
The Bushman’s Artisan Gallery in Blackall was the third stop for Reframe, it makes it’s way across regional Queensland throughout 2023. Showcasing the winners of Flying Arts’ 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA), Reframe features the diverse creative talent of artists from across the State and is a wonderful opportunity for regional communities to view first-hand these amazing artworks!
The Reframe touring exhibition was on display for Blackall audiences to enjoy from 15 June to 2 July, with Blackall marking the exhibition’s third stop before it continues onto the Coalface Art Gallery in Moranbah, opening on 26 July. The Reframe exhibition will then continue it’s regional tour, reaching its next tour venue in Cairns on 1 September 2023.
Above (left): Bushman’s Artisan Gallery. (right): Bushman’s Arms Hotel, date unknown.
Image Credits: Unknown.
Presented as part of the touring exhibition, Blackall residents were invited to participate in a ‘Create a Community Quilt’ workshop with award-winning exhibiting artist Dr Karike Ashworth on Saturday 1 July. Award winning artist, Dr Karike Ashworth’s received the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Award ‘Textile Art Award’ thanks to a Flying Arts Alliance ‘Art for Life’ Donor for her artwork ‘Who Gives A Crap’.
As an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher, Karike’s experimental research practice consists of performance, time-based media, objects and installations. Her practice is informed by a feminist epistemological approach; in that she views the world through a woman’s perspective; and uses her practice to build knowledge and understanding of how patriarchal structures like gendered expectations control and contain women.
Traveling from Brisbane, Karike invited the Blackall community to a paper weaving workshop, where participants worked together collaboratively to create a single ‘community quilt’ made of shopping receipts and other paper-based domestic products with the resulting artwork donated to the gallery.
Flying Arts are very grateful to be able to share below Dr Karike Ashworth’s experience in Blackall delivering this wonderful workshop with a very enthusiastic and creative community.
Above: Blackall workshop participants weaving a ‘Community Quilt’ with rescued paper-based materials, at the Bushman’s Artisan Gallery, with artist Dr Karike Ashworth, as part of Reframe the touring exhibition of the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards. Image Credits: Courtesy of Dr Karike Ashworth.
Bushman’s Legacy (2023)
Artists: Dr Karike Ashworth, Wendy Just, Julie, Ann, Peta Walker.
Dimensions: 40 x 50cm.
Materials: shopping receipts, lists, recipes, the community newspaper, church brochures, domestic food and other product wrappings, birthday and Christmas wrapping paper etc.
‘Bushman’s Legacy’ is a collaborative artwork made using rescued paper-based materials associated with the artist’s domestic and community care activities. It was made on-site at the Bushman’s Artisan Gallery in 2023. The title ‘Bushman’s Legacy’ references the Bushman’s Hotel, a landmark in Blackall’s history, which is now the site of Bushman’s Artisan Gallery. The woven artwork embodies a legacy or tradition that has been, and continues to be, passed down through generations of women in the town; women who are the fabric of the community. The work highlights the important role that women have played, and continue to play, in shaping Blackall’s history—a legacy that is still being woven by women living in the community today.
Above (left): The finished weaving ‘Bushman’s Legacy’ that was kindly donated to the Bushman’s Artisan Gallery, created by Dr Karike Ashworth, Julie Darby, Wendy Just, Ann Kirby, Peta Walker, ‘Bushman’s Legacy’ 2023, rescued paper-based materials, 40cm x 50cm.
Above (right): Artist Dr Karike Ashworth and Wendy Just with ‘Bushman’s Legacy’ weaving made in a creative community workshop from rescued paper-based materials, as part of Reframe the touring exhibition of the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards.
Image Credits: Courtesy of Dr Karike Ashworth.
Reframe continues its tour across regional Queensland with its next stop the Bushman’s Artisan Gallery opening on 15 June until 2 July 2023. For further details on the exhibition with tour venues and dates, please visit here.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.