Crownings Creative Art Project
Take part in knitting a collaborative artwork at the Convent this winter.
Artists Larissa Linnell and Eva Abbinga are inviting the public to join them in creating a large scale, soft sculpture through participatory knitting circles. The project, Crownings aims to investigate and respond to the histories of birthing, women’s health and maternal care in the twentieth century, through shared actions of conversation, making and exchange while keeping toasty in the convent building. This participatory community project invites the audience to engage directly with the artists creative process and become co-authors and editors of the work by contributing and knitting alongside the artists weekly knitting circles over April and May. The project intends to create a large woven, soft-sculpture made from of hundreds of individual 9”x 6” rectangles, made in collaboration with the community over shared conversations about the history of women’s experiences.
While undertaking this project, the artists will be based onsite at the Abbotsford Convent in one of our artist’s studios. The ACF is making space for artists to delight and form dialogue across our site, with our community. Some materials will be supplied but the artists encourage participants to bring along knitting needles and light coloured wool to work with. Some knitting skills will be required, however participation in conversation will always be welcome.
An accompanied performance work, which tells the narrative of creating the work will be performed at the Convent and an exhibition of the final work will be shown at No Vacancy Gallery from 24 – 30 September 2018.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
For anyone wishing to contribute to the work, the artists will accept knitted rectangles (9”x 6”), preferably in lighter tones, to be dropped off to their studio (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm or contact the artists directly).
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga is a cross disciplinary visual artist motivated by an interest in the complexities of place, identity and sustainability. Through installation, sculpture, painting and photography Abbinga explores issues of social, environmental and economic concern and aims to create a dialogue with the viewer that questions existing notions of the urban ideal. Her practice is informed by her Dutch and Ukrainian heritage as well as her experience in urban planning and design. She embraces collaborative partnerships with other artists, community groups and craftspeople. Eva has recently undertaken a residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and presented in the 2016 Next Wave Festival.
Larissa Anne Linnell
Larissa Linnell's work draws attention to the largely unobserved aspects of experiencing a place, such as sound, touch and texture. Larissa leads interdisciplinary projects, using sound recording, drawing and sculpture; often engaging with sound recording and the translation of audio into sound-images as a way of analysing the atmosphere of a location. Larissa has participated in residencies and solo exhibitions across Australia and Asia, including with 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo; Nagasawa Art Park, Japan; Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; NCCA, Darwin; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart; Australia Council, Sydney; Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne; Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne. She has been the recipient of grants including Australia Council, Arts Tasmania; Japan Foundation; Asialink; and Ian Potter Foundation.
The Abbotsford Convent is proud to support independent artists.