Opening | Material: Concrete

Opening | Material: Concrete

Please join us for the official opening of

Material: Concrete

6pm-8pm, Friday 31 March 2017

RSVP by Monday 27 March


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Material: Concrete explores the diversity and potential of concrete across all creative fields from the handmade to the industrially manufactured. It brings together architecture, design, art and jewellery to break the moulds of expectation we often unknowingly hold for the material.

This exhibition is part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and the State Library of Queensland.

Exhibition continues to 3 June 2017.


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Also launching:

Perspectives on a flat surface, 2016, designed by John Wardle and woven by Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Jennifer Sharpe, Cheryl Thornton. Wool and cotton. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch

Perspectives on a flat surface, 2016. Designed by John Wardle and woven by Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Jennifer Sharpe, Cheryl Thornton. Wool and cotton. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.

2016 Tapestry Design Prize

The 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) invited designs for a hypothetical tapestry to hang in the National Gallery of Australia. There is a long-standing historical connection between architectural space and tapestries. The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is a platform to strengthen this connection between architects and the tapestry weaving practice. On display at Artisan are the designs by the 13 finalists from 2016, including the winning design by Justin Hill from Singapore. Also on display will be the monumental tapestry woven from the design of the 2015 TDPA joint winner John Wardle Architects and commissioned by Judith Nielsen AM for her new Phoenix Gallery in Sydney.

Exhibition continues to 1 April.


Helen Bird, Trace Series 3 (detail 1) (sterling silver, copper, brass, vitreous enamel, stainless steel, patina), 2015, Photo by Lisa Brown

Helen Bird, Trace series 3 (detail 1), 2015. Sterling silver, copper, brass, vitreous enamel, stainless steel, patina. Photo by Lisa Brown.

Helen Bird and Susan Hawkins | With + Within

Makers Susan Hawkins and Helen Bird explore the alchemic relationships between material, function and form through this exhibition. Working with similar repurposed and recycled materials, Hawkins and Bird provide familiar glimpses of craft and design histories in their sculptural forms. With + Within transforms traditional processes and functions into new experiences and invites viewers to explore the works with a sense of curiosity in surface and form.
SOS is presented in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. SOS is an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the college’s best small object works from students, staff and alumni.



Jeanette Stok, Mutagenesis, 2017. Galvanised wire and wire mesh. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jeanette Stok | Mutagenesis

Jeanette Stok is a Brisbane-based artist who is influenced by her work as a research scientist and the traditional crafts introduced to her by mother and grandmother. Stok’s wire embroidery installation, Mutagenesis, is created using Hardanger embroidery techniques, which traditionally employ repeated motifs to create symmetrical, geometric designs that share much in common with the replication of living cells. Stok transforms traditional Hardanger configurations to represent the concept of mutation that occurs when internal mistakes or external factors disrupt the patterns of living cells.


Feature image: Tom Borgas, Postdigital artefacts (concrete detail), 2013. Concrete. Photo courtesy of the artist.