Threads Woven Together

Corban Estate Arts Centre Exhibitions, July to September, 2019


On display from Friday 26 July – Sunday 15 September, 2019; a solo exhibition Capturing Liberty by Laura Williams and a group exhibition Labour of Body, featuring Arielle Walker, Maria Kingi, Sarah Houle, Georgina May Young, Kathryn Tsui and Doris Tsui.


Historically, fibre-art tends to swing between being defined as craft or contemporary art. The artists in our July exhibitions each consider this tension, interacting with textiles in their own unique ways.


In Labour of Body the six artists’ employ textiles and women’s craft to engage with their own individual concerns. In many of the works textile is combined with another specialty. For instance, in this exhibition, textiles are presented in conjunction with lens-based practice, allowing us to see fibre arts in a new light. We are also excited to include Indigenous Métis artist Sarah Houle, who has created traditionally beaded masks that serve as reminders of the role that textile makers have in her Indigenous community.


At its core, Labour of Body encourages the public to think about their social values and consider the hidden labour involved in fibre-art, it further urges us to increase our awareness of production and our surroundings.


In Capturing Liberty, a series of newly produced oil paintings, artist Laura Williams was inspired by the luxury fabric store Liberty Fabrics in London, who are renowned for their floral designs. The painter explores fabric design and patterns from her childhood. Through an obsessive combination of patterns, vases and objects, the artist’s vivid kitsch works draw heavily on nostalgia to create imaginary detailed worlds.


Our understanding and engagement with fibre arts is always developing, particularly in a contemporary art context with an ever-increasing acknowledgement of heritage practices as valid art forms. With the combination of artists working, producing, and documenting textiles in art, shown alongside the oil painted depictions of fabric by Laura Williams, these exhibitions ultimately present other paths of understanding textiles and labour.


We look forward to seeing you all soon as we learn together about new textile practices and how they are developing in our community.


Further information: 


Exhibition dates: 26 July to 15 September, 2019 open 7 days a week, 10.00am – 4:30pm

Entry: Free, all welcome





  1. Exhibition opening

Thursday 25 July, 6-8pm

Please join us for the opening reception of Capturing Liberty by Laura Williams and group exhibition Labour of Body, featuring Arielle Walker, Maria Kingi, Sarah Houle, Georgina May Young, Kathryn Tsui and Doris Tsui.


Entry: Free, all welcome, in the Homestead Galleries.


  1. Artist Korero

Saturday 3 August, 11-12pm

Come and hear our current exhibiting artists talk about the diverse use of textiles in their contemporary art practices. Some of the artists will be discussing how they intertwine photographic and installation elements in their work.


Entry: Free, all welcome, in the Homestead Galleries.





  1. Saturday Gallery Club #51

Saturday 10 August, between 10.30am and 12pm


Create your own beautiful printed textile piece, inspired by our current exhibitions


  1. Saturday Gallery Club #52

Saturday 14 September, between 10.30am and 12pm


Exhibiting artist Laura Williams paints imaginary spaces in her latest work. We invite you to create a collage of your own imaginary universe using magazines and a brightly coloured paper.



  • : Free, for kids and families, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed, in the Homestead Galleries.


*More information about the Saturday Gallery Club for kids and families


These free and fun family art-making sessions happen in the gallery every SECOND Saturday of the month. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 and upwards and families the activity runs for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.



  1. Pencil to Paper – Still life drawing club


The last Saturday of every month we will be exploring our latest exhibitions with a FREE 1 hour drawing club for Adults. So bring a friend to spend some time, learning simple drawing and sketching techniques in a relaxing environment.



27 July, 11am-12pm

Still life with Fabric and Furniture


31, August 12-1pm

Life Drawing



Bookings are essential: Limited spaces available – Materials provided

Image caption: Pencil to paper workshop (2018), Courtesy of CEAC

Contact details: 
Cora-Allan Wickliffe: 09 838 4455 extension 203

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Corban Estate Arts Centre

5 Jul 2019

Interests The Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC)