‘We Must Get Together Some Time’ at the Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe features the work of eleven slow-makers from the artist collective We Must Get Together Some Time (WMGTST). The exhibition is the second iteration of their touring show, first held across two venues in Mandurah for IOTA21 (the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial).
Curated by Annette Nykiel and Nien Shwarz, the two also contributed artworks to the show. Both said they enjoyed seeing this version of the exhibition come together in the Painted Tree. They feel the works really ‘nestle’ into the space, benefitting from adjacency to the forest as the making of artworks within the We Must Get Together Some Time collective is entangled with Nature.
WMGTST is a multi-disciplinary group of thinkers and makers who have been getting together on-line, in small gatherings, and at week-long bush camps and artist professional development retreats for several years. They organise workshops with regional creative practitioners, and guided walks with scientists specialising in the local. These encounters are pivotal for their group, who are relationally embedded in place.
Unafraid of getting lost in spaces of not knowing; they commune with the non-human; thinking with materials. Examples of the work they stitch, steam, coil, dye, write, record, form with clay and solar print are on display until the end of December.
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[Annette and Neen are pictured standing in front of two fibre artworks – one created by Annette and the other by Helen Seiver]