Circles of Strength is a series of one hundred and twenty textile artwork hoops and interviews. Each artwork has a QR code which links to an interview with the artist. The works will be on display at Wallsend Library during May 2021.
People living, working and visiting the Newcastle East postcode area were asked one important question, “What have you learnt about yourself during COVID-19?” People aged between 3yrs to 86yrs provided an eclectic range of answers.
Circles of Strength explores the answers using a community art project. The textile artworks interpreted the one hundred and twenty interviews and create a contemporary social history.
Artists and craftspeople from Newcastle, Queensland, and ACT used fibre and textile art techniques like embroidery, painting, dyeing, quilting, fabric collage, knitting, crochet, weaving, to make hoops and tell a story.
Circles of Strength is the Timeless Textiles Wednesday Group‘s project for International Women’s Day.
“The Wednesday group, have discovered that their is great strength individually and as a group. We use art to “stitch” ourselves together and support each other.
“This is the essence of the Wednesday group…. caring and supporting each other through creativity. The Wednesday group embraced this project and extended an invitation to artists around Australia to interpret Newcastle East’s residents responses to COVID -19.
Exhibition dates: On display from Saturday 1 May to Monday 31 May 2021. Open during Wallsend library opening hours, find them here.
No bookings needed, just drop in!
Looking for more about Circles of Strength? Watch a series of interviews with people from the community sharing what they learnt about themselves during COVID-19 on the Timeless Textiles YouTube Playlist.