The countdown has begun to this year’s CTANZ symposium, A Common Thread, hosted by the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson. Registrations are open, and the organising team is beginning to share the teaser details. We’ll post when the programme comes up, but do keep an eye on the symposium page as well.
This year’s lineup includes speakers from around New Zealand and as far as Australia. The opening speaker, Yasmeen Jones-Chollet is passionate about an issue which affects us all:. the conditions of the fashion worker. In April she demonstrated in Nelson’s CBD for 16 hours a day for 8 days “in order to present a real time, tactile example of the lives that so many are being forced into, through our demand for fast fashion and our ignorance and/or apathy as to the story behind the production of each item”.
The Suter’s exhibition programme for September includes Jay Hutchinson’s textiles, the archaeology of the discarded, forgotten and thrown away, and a collaborative mixed media exhibition by Alexis Neal and Elke Finkenauer, Something to Remember. Friday evening’s programme includes an exhibition floor talk, while there’s non-programme time on Saturday and Sunday mornings to allow for checking out Nelson’s markets or going on a field trip to one of Nelson’s attractions – the Broadgreen Historic House or the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum.
We look forward to sharing with you more details of the programme a bit closer to the time. Roll on September!