5th Tamworth Textile Triennial Curator

Carol McGregor

Sybil Orr, Sandstone. (Detail) 1976. Wool, Linen, Cotton, Leather and  Wood. 98 x 294.5cm. Photography: Lou Farina


Carol McGregor 

artist, curator, educator

lives and works in Meanjin (Brisbane)

 

Meanjin based artist Carol McGregor is of Wadawurrung (Kulin Nation) and Scottish descent and is a possum skin cloak maker, painter, printmaker and sculptor.

 

McGregor engages with cultural practitioners, archives and material collections to visually activate memories and sustain intergenerational transmission of Indigenous knowledge systems. Her recent art practice revives the traditional possum skin cloak as a contemporary art form and a way to strengthen community and individual identities.

 

Carol says: 

"As we unfold from the national and global events of past few years, we reveal subtle shifts in our understandings and values—with reflections on a deeper knowing of our communities and environs. Often these shifts or transferences advocate a release of busyness, a focus on personal and communal presence, nourishment and balance. 

Since the Tamworth Fibre Textile collection began in 1973 artists have interwoven and shared lived experiences and negotiated stories through the materiality of textile practice.  

The 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial builds on this tradition with a future focus on the intangible essence of what it means to be human in the fabric of today’s society and will be an opportunity to celebrate Australian textiles practice, for artists to create and explore the relationality and residues of change through a multiplicity of materials, methods and meanings.  "

 

 

Carol has completed her Doctorate at the Queensland College of Art in Fine Arts and is the Director of The Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art degree at Griffith University. McGregor has exhibited extensively and her work features in national and international collections including QAGOMA and the National Gallery of Australia. She has also undertaken several artist residencies with the Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Gallery, USA; Tokyo University of the Arts; Bundanon Trust, NSW; Ballarat Heritage Festival and Museum Victoria.