STITCHED UP // IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TIMELESS TEXTILES

24 JUN - 6 AUG 2017

Featuring 24 contemporary international and national fibre artists, STITICHED UP gives a voice to the 193 girls who attended The Newcastle Industrial School

STITCHED UP

24 JUNE - 30 JULY 2017

OPENING 6PM FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017

Featuring 24 contemporary international and national fibre artists, STITICHED UP gives a voice to the 193 girls who attended The Newcastle Industrial School, in the 150th-year since its opening. 

Between 1867 and 1871, one hundred and ninety-three girls aged from two and a half to 18 years attended the Newcastle Industrial School. These girls came from backgrounds of poverty, cruelty and discrimination endemic in immigrant and marginalised communities during Australia’s ‘Gold Rush’ era. Many became notorious in the locality for a series of daring escapes which led to repeated incarcerations. Some of the girls went on to gain national infamy. 

The initial concept for the STITCHED UP project came from a chance discovery that some of the girls had been detained in the Newcastle lock up (now home to The Lock-Up and Timeless Textile Gallery) after short-lived escapes from the school. Following discussions with Dr Ann Hardy of the Hunter Living Histories, the project idea was developed.

Curated by Anne Kempton (Creative Director Timeless Textiles Gallery) and fibre artist Wilma Simmons, 24 internationally renowned fibre artists from Canada, Hungary, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark and nationally across Australia have contributed the project. 

Adding further dimension and community participation in the project, 30 women from The Wednesday Maker’s group at Timeless Textiles Gallery stitched embroidered narratives of each of the girls’ lives, working for two years  on the project and resulting in seven volumes of cloth books, each page dedicated to one of the girls or a family of sisters. 


IMAGE: Anne Kempton Lost 2017 50:193 Muslin stitched with 50 images printed using Cyanotype and Van Dyke

Image courtesy the artist.