Archive Exhibitions

Machines & Makers

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

December 14 to February 16

About this exhibition

Machines & Makers: displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines captures the extraordinary history of a disruptive technology from the 19th Century that changed the world. The exhibition takes us through the magic of creating stitch, texture and beauty, and reflects on the disposable clothing culture of the 21st Century.

The proposition for this exhibition was to invite a response from twelve artists, each coming from a widely different skill sets and talent base, but each of them bringing a high level of intelligent thought to the invention and what that machine meant in terms of economic, political and social change within households from the 1850’s to the present day.

The artist’s various approaches can be broadly grouped into three areas of investigation – the political, social and economic differences made by the inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.

“The exhibition is a reflection on the ingenuity that enabled the invention of the sewing machine, and what that technology meant for society and the wider world.” – Mundaring Arts Centre

Image Credit: ART ON THE MOVE Making Your Mark End of Year 2017 at Wireless Hill Museum, WA as part of Machines & Makers touring exhibition. Image courtesy Rebecca Mansell
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Bunbury Regional Art Gallery


64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury WA 6230


Mundaring Arts Centre Inc


Jude van der Merwe


Nalda Searles, Eva Fernandez, Angela McHarrie, Geoffrey Drake Brockman, Susie Vickery, Carol Lowry, Paul Caporn, Mikaela Castledine, Judith Forrest, Stuart Elliott, Linda van der Merwe, Tee Ken Ng


New media, 2D, mixed media


25 artworks (some artworks have multiple components)
(projectors, monitors, media players, display plinths provided); power source required for 4 artworks
45 – 55 running metres


Education resource (includes teachers notes, curriculum and ideas, glossary of terms, primary and secondary gallery questions)
Free education and public programs (includes public events, artist talks incursion and excursion with schools, discounted ARTBUS, sponsored by Healthway to promote the Act Belong Commit message)


Act-Belong-Commit engagement program.

*Extra cost involved 


Marketing Kit (includes: e-invitation template, artwork for hard copy invitation, media release, promotional images, logos and acknowledgements)


Exhibition, ART ON THE MOVE and Healthway panels
Artwork labels
Exhibition brochures (free for distribution)


Working with touring exhibitions; Handling artworks; Installation of 2D and 3D artworks; Exhibition lighting

*Extra cost involved 


November 2017 – March 2020
Available WA and interstate

Cost Share

WA $3,500.00 (inc GST)
Interstate to be advised


8 crates, totalling 8 cubic metres; exhibition delivered by a dedicated vehicle (WA)


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Wireless Hill Museum


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Carnarvon Library and Gallery
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Katanning Gallery
December 8, 2018 - February 10, 2019
Museum of the Goldfields


March 8 - April 7
Ellenbrook Arts
June 20 – July 14
NEXIS Gallery – Arts Narrogin
November 30, 2019 - February 9, 2020
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

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