‘Material Reverie’ is a major group exhibition that explores the rich variety of materials contemporary Australian artists use in their practice. Natural fibres, minerals, discarded everyday objects and household items are foraged and upcycled to create new forms that depart from their inherent purpose.

Artists throughout history have created tools, mark making techniques and methods of production to capture their impressions of the world. Using traditional weaving, sculpture and carving techniques, alongside more contemporary approaches to design, collage and painting, the source materials are given new meaning and beauty.

‘Material Reverie’ celebrates the transformative potential of the relationship between imagination and craftsmanship. This exhibition features artworks from the Town Hall Gallery Collection.

Featuring: Robert Brown, Teelah George, Dana Harris, Lou Hubbard, Shigemi Iwama, Cassie Leatham, Jahnne Pasco-White and Louise Saxton.

‘Material Reverie’ is on display at Town Hall Gallery from 20 January to 9 April 2022.

Image: Jahnne Pasco–White, detail from ‘Making Kin’, 2020, natural dyed fabrics (avocado, black bean, sunflower, copper beech leaves, carrot, crab apple), earth pigments, violets, olives, crayon, pencil, recycled paper, linen, cotton, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, three panels; total 213 x 456cm approx. Image courtesy of the artist and STATION. Photography by Christo Crocker.

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