an exhibition by tACTile
The tACTile group comprising; Jenny Bowker,
Dianne Firth, Helen Gray, Beth Miller, with Beth and Trevor Reid
working in partnership, are well known throughout Australia and
internationally for their innovative art quilts. For this exhibition in
Canberra’s centenary year the artists created 20 art quilts each, a
total of 100 altogether, to provide a range of perspectives on Canberra
as people, place and designed city.
As well, they have created a collaborative work
that was inspired by
the cycloramic panorama of the site of the future capital city painted
by Robert Coulter. A print of this painting was sent to competitors in
the competition for the design of the city in 1911. Although the winner
of the competition, the American Walter Burley Griffin assisted by his
wife Marion Mahony Griffin, had not seen the site, Coulter’s painting
certainly evoked the character of the Canberra landscape.
left to right, Helen Gray, Beth & Trevor Reid, Beth Miller,
Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth.