Women makers announced for Beyond Ordinary exhibition

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Clockwise from top left, work by: Catherine Capan, Isabel Avendano Hazbun, Natasha Courtney, Chelsea Lemon, Linda Fredheim, Lou Harriss, Birgit Jordan, Ruth Thompson.

Following a January call-out, participants for the exhibition titled Beyond Ordinary: Contemporary women makers have been announced. The 33 women selected represent a diverse range of established, mid-career and emerging makers. ‘This is a dialogue – makers coming together under a common thread of identity and what it is to be both woman and woodworker’, said participating artist Cat Cooke. The exhibition will be displayed at Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW from February to April 2022.

‘Understanding that the field of timber design and make has historically been dominated by men, this curated exhibition will showcase the work of women, exploring an approach to fine woodworking embedded in questions of technique, utility, and the built environment’, said co-organisers Dale Dryen and Ruth Thompson.

‘The exhibition is intended to show the breadth of the current field of woodworking, and how these makers are responding to the world around them. The exhibition will present a range of objects; one-off works to batch products, representing different technical approaches and scales. While this is primarily an exhibition for Women in Wood it is intended that the exhibition will also include complementary media.’

A crowdfunding page has been created to cover exhibition costs such as freight and the printing of catalogues. Support may be registered here.

The artists include: Alexsandra Pontonio, Amy Short, Birgit Jordan, Carol Russell, Cat Cook, Catherine Capan, Chelsea Lemon, Clancy Warner, Dale Dryen, Eliza Maunsell, Helen Walsh, Isabel Avendano Hazbun, Jeanie Mulligan, Kim Johnston, Lana Kagan, Laura McCusker, Linda Fredheim, Linda Nathan, Lou Harriss, Louise Fuller, Marian Shapiro, Natasha Courtney, Phoebe Everill, Rachel Hanrick, Rebecca Evans, Rose Keightley, Ruth Thompson, Samantha Foster, Sara Smith, Sarah Tracton, Stephanie White, Tyla Veney, Vivienne Wong.

Learn more about the makers at this link.

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