Baltic Mini Textile exhibition on display at Redland Art Gallery

Works from one of Europe’s leading textile miniature exhibitions are on display at Redland Art Gallery (RAG), Capalaba until 13 July 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Baltic Mini Textile Gydnia exhibition provided an exciting opportunity for Redlands Coast residents to view artistic miniature textiles from artists across the globe.

“Redland Art Gallery does an amazing job of attracting exhibitions which allow local residents and visitors to engage with art in meaningful ways,” Cr Williams said.

“It’s exciting to note the Capalaba gallery is the first venue on the Australian tour of the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition, and there are three south-east Queensland artists represented.

“This exhibition is sure to inspire our local artists and provide thought-provoking discussions as it showcases some innovative ideas and materials.

“The works may be small but, viewed together, they make a big impact.”

“I promise you a rose garden” by Kith Mjoen of France. Tapestry and embroidery, wool, silk, fabric. Courtesy of Gdynia City Museum

The majority of the 35 works are from the 2016 and 2019 Baltic Mini Textile exhibitions, juried events which are held in Gdynia, Poland every three years.

The exhibition has been curated by Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland in partnership with Gdynia City Museum, Poland.

Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine said the exhibition introduced innovative and radical ideas in textile art.

“The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials,” Ms Devine said.

“The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre.”

Brisbane-based, Polish-born artist Jolanta Szymczyk is passionate about the mini textile exhibition and gave a floor talk during its first week at RAG, Capalaba.

She was selected as an exhibitor in the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition in 2013 and 2019, and collaborated to bring a selection of the Gdynia City Museum collection to Australia in 2011 and again for this tour in 2021.

“Being accepted into the collection was definitively a highlight,” she said.

“This made me even more focused on promotion of Poland’s rich textile traditions across the globe and here in Australia.

“It has been uplifting and a very rewarding journey awakening my passion for smaller forms that cultivate intimate relationships between the artist, the works and the viewer.”

RAG, Capalaba is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Access is through Capalaba Library in Capalaba Place, Noelene Street.