Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

This major collaborative, playful and immersive exhibition features the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

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24 November 2018 – 31 October 2020
Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton


Shepparton Art Museum
24 November 2018 - 17 February 2019

Touring to:
Warnambool Art Gallery
Warnambool, Victoria
2 March – 5 May 2019

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Mornington, VIC
18 May – 21 July 2019

Museum of Australian Democracy
Canberra, ACT
6 September – 2 February 2020

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Bega, NSW
30 April – 21 June 2020

Warwick Art Gallery
Warwick, QLD
3 July – 15 August 2020

University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery
Sunshine Coast, QLD
12 September – 31 October 2020

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes. Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.

Artists include: Slow Art Collective, Paul Yore, Debris Facility, Kate Just, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Penny Byrne, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman, Kate Rohde, Michelle Hamer, Raquel Ormella, Hiromi Tango, Erub Arts, Catherine Bell, Tai Snaith, Karen Black, Starlie Geikie, Deborah Kelly.

Curators: Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates

A Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally through NETS Victoria.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Image: Paul Yore, What a Horrid Fucking Mess, 2016, textile wall hanging; mixed media, 210 x 342 cm (irreg.), purchased with Ararat Rural City Council acquisition allocation, 2016. Collection of Ararat Gallery TAMA.

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