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Fabrik: Performative approaches to textiles

  • Margaret Lawrence Gallery 40 Dodds Street Southbank, VIC, 3006 Australia (map)

Kay Abude, Sarah crowEST, Mikala Dwyer, David Egan, Matthew Linde, Simone Slee and Kate Sylvester.
Conceived by Sarah crowEST and curated by Jane O’Neill.

Opening celebration: Thursday 3 March, 5.30–7.30pm
Exhibition dates: 3 March to 2 April, 2016

The word fabrik translates from German as ‘workshop’, and refers to a tendency for some artists to address both materials and methods of production. Whether scrunched, snipped, draped, ironed, ripped or threaded, many artworks reveal a strong emphasis on the artists’ physical engagement with textiles and by extension, prompts consideration of our own daily interactions with fabric.

This exhibition is one of three exhibitions that fall under the banner of Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles, a multi-venue group of exhibitions also being held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Sutton Project Space.

Works included in this component of the exhibition refer to the making or wearing of garments. Included is a program of performances, textile based works which relate to previous performances, videos of performances and with accompanying catalogues and books by the artists in the exhibition.

More information and a list of artists performances and floortalks scheduled during the course of the exhibition can be found at

The exhibition forms part of the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program.

Entry is free and all visitors are welcome.