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Machines & Makers

Location Fourth Gallery
From Saturday 14 December 2019 -  10:00am
To Sunday 16 February 2020 - 04:00pm

Imagine a time when all clothes were stitched by hand. It is estimated that the invention and availability of the domestic sewing machine reduced the time to stitch an average shirt from 14 hours to 4 hours, this was a turning point in history. ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition Machines & Makers captures twelve established artist responses to this invention, which was viewed as a disruptive technology in the 19th century.

In 1860, Singer became the world’s largest manufacturer of sewing machines with over 15,000 machines made that year. The tradition of working on a sewing machine continues to be cherished within communities and passed on through generations.

“Part of the phenomenon of this machinery is that these objects, made in their hundreds of millions, continue to work as well in the 21st century as they did in the 19th century when they were new.” – Curator, Jude van der Merwe

Machines & Makers connects with the City of Melville’s vision to ‘work together to achieve community wellbeing for today and tomorrow’ by bringing audiences together to reflect on their experiences of the handmade and explore memories throughout everyday life.

Curated by Jude van der Merwe, the exhibition brings together high calibre Western Australian artists reflecting on the political, social and economic differences made by inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.

As part of this exhibition, audiences can engage with ART ON THE MOVE’s hands-on activity Making it Reel, by creating their own composition using materials such as colourful reels, buttons, cotton spools as well as scrap materials.


An ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition.

ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is funded by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.


Image credit: Judith Forrest, Back Stitch, oil on canvas, 61 x 77cm. Photo: Eva Fernandez


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