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As part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Friends of the Waite Arboretum and Basketry SA are hosting an exhibition, @ Nature's Pace at Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. This major biennial exhibition of contemporary basketry, sculptures and fibre jewellery will be opened by Dr Lucy Sutherland, Director Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, South Australia at 2.00 pm Saturday, 17 February, 2018.
The exhibition is a registered Adelaide Fringe event and is considered a Gold Star Event. It will be open from 17 February to 1 March 2018. In the exhibition, Basketry SA will exhibit contemporary basketry using natural and man-made materials. This biennial exhibition always amazes and delights visitors with the beauty and ingenuity of the pieces displayed.
Artists and craftspeople make baskets, sculptures and small woven objects mostly from natural materials from their own gardens, parks, bush and beaches. The materials they begin with are often other people's waste-prunings, overgrown creepers, dried grasses, fallen palm fronds, feathers, seaweed and shells. Sometimes they incorporate man-made materials such as old rope, wool, fabric scraps, and plastic bags into their more colourful creations. Artists use traditional slow and systematic techniques that have been practised for thousands of years as well as experimenting with new ideas and materials.
Basketry SA is currently a group of approximately two hundred artists and craftspeople all over South Australia. The group has been meeting together to make baskets and fibre sculptures for over thirty years. Recently, artists have become more involved in community projects such as the "Bamboo Hive" in the Sprouts Kitchen Garden at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and various large garden structures in Sophie Thompson's garden display at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The art of basketry offers the opportunity for artists and craftspeople to share their techniques and skills with other cultural groups including indigeneous weavers. The Southern Vales Basketry Group in Willunga have connections with the Southern Indigenous Weavers Group, who in 2014/15 tutored at a weekend workshop at Wallaroo. During 2016/17 members of Basketry SA attended a workshop at Camp Coorong where a book about Ngarrindjeri basketry was produced.
During the exhibition visitors will be encouraged to enjoy the Urrbrae precinct gardens and arboretum. The arboretum comprises 27 hectares of open space with a valuable collection of trees and delightful gardens used for education and research. This public park is open daily from dawn until dusk.
Proceeds from sales and exhibits will assist Friends of Waite Arboretum and Basketry SA achieve their organisational objectives.
Why? A wonderful exhibition of contemporary pieces of basketry and fibre art created by members using natural and man-made materials that will delight you with the beauty and ingenuity of the pieces displayed.
When:17 February - 1 March 2018. Gallery open: Monday - Friday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm. Saturday & Sunday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm