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Bus service to spread Ararat fibre art word

Ararat Art Gallery and Town Hall.

Ararat Art Gallery and Town Hall.

A half-century celebration for Ararat Gallery Textile Art Museum Australia – TAMA – on Saturday will include a free return bus service from Natimuk via Horsham.
There will also be a similar return service from Ballarat.
Ballarat artist and acting gallery curator Kat Pengelly has organised the free art buses, with help from Horsham Town Hall’s Charee Smith, to encourage regional art connections.
The gallery is celebrating 50 years of collecting fibre art, which has established Ararat as a national leader in textile-art exhibitions.
Limited seats are available and people can book at Natimuk-Horsham bus by emailing People can book Ballarat buses by emailing
Ararat Gallery TAMA was established in 1968 and has had a curatorial and collection focus on textile and fibre art since the early 1970s.
Ms Pengelly said Ararat decision to align itself with the fibre-art movement at the time was a result of federal and state government funding for validation of craft.
“However, it is the region’s historical association with fine merino wool production that ultimately secured the gallery’s fibre-art specialisation,” she said.
“The half-century milestone provides a moment to reflect on the importance of the TAMA collection. It’s an extraordinary repository that tracks the development of textile and fibre-based practice from the early 1970s through to today – a legacy elevating the TAMA collection one of the most significant of its kind in Australia.
“A wide range of acquisitions including traditional quilts, tapestries, baskets and embroideries intersect with the visual-arts practice that is increasingly challenge the demarcation of art and craft.”
Ararat Gallery TAMA is a key attraction of Ararat’s refurbished town hall. The gallery has new expanded exhibition spaces to showcase its permanent collection and a dedicated contemporary textile exhibition area.

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Posted on Nov 8 2018

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