Colours of the Country II
– The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Camel, 2009 ; Stephanie Campbell, Titjikala Community, Crochet with needle felting.

Camel, 2009 ; Stephanie Campbell, Titjikala Community, Crochet with needle felting.

As iconic Australian headwear, the beanie has been celebrated by the Alice Springs Beanie Festival since 1996. Attracting contributors from around Australia and overseas, beanie makers compete in events like ‘Australia’s Flashest Beanie.’

This exhibition was developed by Artback NT and the Alice Springs Beanie Festival as a celebration of a dynamic community arts event, as well as to share in the joy of creativity with beanie lovers everywhere. Colours of the Country II demonstrates the growth of the beanie as an art form over the years and the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship presented in each piece. It is a colourful exhibition encapsulating the whimsical essence of the Beanie Festival. The collection also highlights the works produced by Indigenous artists from the Central Desert region who are regular collaborators in this cross cultural event. An exhibition embraced by a broad cross section of the community, the collection will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and to knit, felt and sew.

Niningka Lewis, Ernabella, Teapot Mukata, circa 2010, crochet with tjanpi woven teapot, 20 x20 x22cm.

Niningka Lewis, Ernabella, Teapot Mukata, circa 2010, crochet with tjanpi woven teapot, 20 x20 x22cm.

 

Education resources are available to accompany this tour. The links to the downloads are below.

Beanie Education Kit – part 1
Beanie Education Kit – part 2
Beanie Education Sheet

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government