Jettison Wove is an exhibition of contemporary weaving by Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The artists combine the use of discarded and man-made materials with time-honored techniques and forms to create vessels imbued with a permanence not previously associated with their traditional weavings of natural fibres.
The exciting use of colour, text and materials are indicative of both the humour and innovation apparent in the creation of the contemporary vessels on show - baby baskets for Barbie, masculine wire forms, and packing-tape flowers are just a few examples.
UMI Arts, Cairns was the launch venue for the tour of Jettison Wove to Indigenous communities and regional galleries in far north Queensland and the Torres Strait in 2009/10. This exhibition has been supported by a workshop program and an installation workshop for staff at tour venues.
Jettison Wove, curated by Eliza Tee and Louise Rollman and developed by artisan, is toured by Museum & Gallery Services Queensland. The project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments and artisan's major sponsors, Arts Queensland (State Government) and the Australia Council the Commonwealth Government's arts funding and advisory body. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland's Backing Indigenous Arts program.
Trish Barnard (Yambina Communities)
Theresa Beeron (Jumbun Community)
Tonya Grant (Jumbun Community)
Abe Muriata (Jumbun Community)
Ninney Murray (Jumbun Community)
Jenny Mye (Darnley Island, Torres Strait)
Tour Dates 2009
UMI Arts, Cairns: 17 April - 15 May
Bamanga Babu Ngadimunka, Mossman Gorge: 16-28 May
West Cape York: 1-14 June
Laura Festival: 19-21 June
Hopevale Art Centre: 2-15 July
Wujal Wujal Indigenous Knowledge Centre & Arts Centre: 22 July-5 August
Girringun Art Centre, Cardwell: 13-30 August
Tablelands Regional Art Gallery, Atherton: 4-20 September
Menmuny Museum, Yarrabah: 25 September-13 October
Lockhart River State school: 22 October-3 November
Erub Arts Centre, Darnley Island, Torres Strait: 14 November -3 December
Tour Dates 2010
Gab Titui Cultural Centre: 8 February-5 March