Image: Nicholas Smith, Swaddle me, compacted dirt, stoneware, polyester ribbon, dimensions variable, 2017.
Crafty Queers is Kingston’s inaugural visual arts residency and exhibition program celebrating craft and queer culture through the work of contemporary artists, Anna Dunnill and Nicholas Smith.
Working from the ceramics studio in Moorabbin, Anna will produce a series of ceramic vessels and objects that continue her research into the intersections of craft, queer community, and religious ritual. Nicholas will develop a new body of work that uses large two-dimensional objects constructed from clay, along with hand-sewn garments and shoes to respond to popular gay iconography and Victorian-era decorative arts.
As part of Midsumma, artist John Brooks (Instagram: @l00ming) will also present a series of unique weaving and darning workshops in response to the exhibition. Suitable for all ages and experience levels to participate.
Free, but bookings are essential.
Anna Dunnill is an artist, writer and MFA (Visual Art) research student at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her practice embraces craft processes such as ceramics, textiles and tattoo, expanding into video, performance and text. Anna has recently held solo exhibitions at BLINDSIDE (Melbourne), FELTspace (Adelaide), and Verge Gallery, Sydney; and was selected for Craft Victoria’s annual graduate award Fresh! 2018. Anna’s recent writing has appeared in Art+Australia online, un magazine, Runway, Art Guide, Fine Print and Vault. She is also one half of Snapcat, a collaboration with Renae Coles exploring bravery, feminism and sport through participatory performance.
Nicholas Smith graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include: I am crying, Firstdraft, 2017; Swaddle me, West Space, 2017; Forget-me-not, Recess, 2017; Feint understanding, TCB art inc., 2016; searching for something, Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10, 2015. He will be exhibiting a new body of work at Bus Projects in November this year. In 2017, he held a residency at Frontyard Projects Inc. in Marrickville, Sydney. He is currently undertaking a development residency in collaboration with Jimmy Nuttall and Olivia Koh at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute (Next Wave).
John Brooks works across textiles, video and installation. Making intuitively, he allows the potential of materials to inform part of the process while also potentially projecting thoughts and ideas onto non-human entities. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art (drawing) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Fine Art (honours) from Monash University and an Advanced Diploma in Textile Design from RMIT.
Sat 19 Jan – Sat 10 Feb 2019
Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural Festival, for and by LGBTQIA+ communities.
For three weeks over summer 2018, Melbourne and surrounding areas was home to a spectacular program of visual arts, performance, ﬁlm, parties, sports, talks and social events as part of Midsumma Festival.