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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.

An exhibition catalogue featuring commissioned texts by Anna Briers, Rebecca Coates, David Cross, Jessica Bridgfoot and Amelia Winata is available from the SAM Shop or in Australian public libraries. DOWNLOAD EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

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.



Two-year national tour 24/11/2018 – 31/10/2020


VENUES: Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra; Bega Valley Regional Gallery, New South Wales; Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland; University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Queensland. 

ARTISTS: 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



Kathleen Linn, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms. Art Almanac 29/112018

Hero image:

Jemima Wyman. Propaganda textiles – Pink Bloc protester at Gay Pride in Copacabana,

13th October 2013 (detail) 2016–17.

© the artist, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf,

Sydney / Singapore and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

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