Rethinking contemporary textiles

Curators and artists come together to discuss emerging trends around the expanded practice of textiles and fibre art.

Textiles and fibre art are no longer relegated to the dusty corridors of art history, where siloed classifications ensured that these mediums remained sidelined.

Rather, today they are considered a vital and expanded practice that sits at both the centre of material and conceptual making. Testament is a new exhibition co-curated by Catherine Woolley and Karen Hall for UNSW Galleries, titled Pliable Planes: Expanded Textiles & Fibre (29 April – 17 July), which will tour nationally.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina