RETURN TO THE CITY | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2016
Monday 3 October 2016 to Tuesday 31 January 2017
Our wonderful Christmas at The Johnston Collection tour will ‘Return to the City’ and feature the new works by Melbourne-based makers and artists for the first time in over a decade.
Each year a different region in Victoria has become the focus to create new works for this project, based on aspects or items in The Johnston Collection or relating to the life of William Robert Johnston (1911-1986).
This year, The Johnston Collection has commissioned Melbourne-based artists and collectives to create and contribute to our annual exhibition-house tour.
‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ will include artists collectives Hotham Street Ladies, The GLAD Rappers and The Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective and individual artists Anne Bolitho, Lewis Brownlie, ChiliPhilly, Amanda Dziedzic, Sai-Wai Foo, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Abbey Rich, Robyn Rich, Sharron Okines, Louise Saxton and Ellen Sorensen The makers have been working on their creations for over a year with many individual pieces taking hundreds of hours to complete.
The Johnston Collection has encouraged challenges to traditional making, thinking and practice through contemporary responses to the Collection, along with more traditional responses that reflect historical techniques, materials and making. This exhibition offers an ‘inspired’ interpretation of the Collection.
‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ brings together the work of Melbourne’s best contemporary makers in one magnificent show.
We encourage you to book early for this popular exhibition-house tour. ‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ | Christmas at The Johnston Collection (2016-2017) is not to be missed.
PLEASE NOTE: the opening of our Christmas show has been brought forward a month to Monday 3 October with the exhibition closing a month earlier, on 31January 2017.
image: detail of woven portrait of William Johnston by Pat Scholz of the Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective