[POSTPONED] Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium

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Presented as part of Threads Textile Festival, in partnership with Aotearoa Festival of The Arts

Hosted by The Dowse Art Museum, this one-day symposium will unravel the seam between textiles and contemporary art. Offering curated presentations from a range of influential local and international textiles figures, including iconic fashion designer Kate Sylvester, glittering New Zealand artist Reuben Paterson and Azerbaijani internationally-recognised contemporary visual artist, Faig Ahmed.

PROGRAMME | Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium

9.45am – 10am    WELCOME

Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi)
Director, The Dowse Art Museum

10am – 11am        KEYNOTE LECTURE

Reuben Paterson chats with Karl Chitham about the use of kōwhaiwhai in his collaboration with Dilana Rugs and many other textile moments from his practice and career.

Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi)

Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi)
Director, The Dowse Art Museum

11am – 12pm        ART HISTORY FOCUS SESSION

Henderson and Fomison: the conscious use of material versus use, dictated by need

Linda Waters
Conservator Paintings, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Fiji Girmit (the indentured labour system) and Indo-Fijian craft practices
Quishile Charan
2022 Te Whare Hēra International Artist in Residence

Exploration of social histories through textile art
Dr. Bronwyn Lloyd
2021 Bumhardt Curator

Kohna Zari Ko – online mending initiative
Zoe Black (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Pākehā)
Deputy Director, Objectspace

12pm – 12.30pm   INDUSTRY LECTURE

Woolchemy: Transforming an underutilized New Zealand fibre

Derelee Potroz-Smith
CEO & Co-Founder, Woolchemy

12.30pm – 1PM     BREAK

1pm – 2pm            ARTIST IN FOCUS SESSION

Looking to the materials in the local landscape as a way to understand place
Daegan Wells
Artist, Southland

The art of keeping it light: using humour and whakapapa to bring mauri to my quilts
Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou)
Artist, Woodville

How I use fabric to articulate my experience of living between Korea and New Zealand and the intangible experience of living with a language barrier
Emerita Baik
Artist, Wellington

2pm – 3pm          ART & FASHION

Kate Sylvester speaks with Chelsea Nichols about her collaborations with Michael Parekōwhai, Marcel Duchamp and Frances Hodgkins

Kate Sylvester
Designer & Director, Kate Sylvester

Dr. Chelsea Nichols
Senior Curator, The Dowse Art Museum

3pm – 4pm          KEYNOTE LECTURE

Faig Ahmed, internationally-recognised artist from Baku, Azerbaijan talks to curator Leslee Michelsen about reimagining ancient carpet crafts into contemporary sculptural works of art

Faig Ahmed
Artist, Azerbaijan

Dr. Leslee Michelsen
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu