• POSTCARDS FROM HOME Exhibition, Saskia Fernando Gallery, 2019

  • Kalpitiya Lagoon and Sea, 2017, Tapestry, 27cm x 59cm

  • Kalpitiya, 2011, Tapestry, 11cm x 19cm

  • Kaludiya Pokuna, 2018, Tapestry, 30cm x 30cm

  • Paddies near Hanguranketha II, 2017, Mixed Media on Paper, 30.5cm x 50cm

  • Paddies near Hanguranketha, 2017, Tapestry, 33.5cm x 50cm

  • The Western Monasteries – Anuradhapura I, 2017, Tapestry, 9cm x 58 cm

  • The Western Monasteries – Anuradhapura II, 2018, Tapestry, 9cm x 28cm

  • Weligama Garden I, 2017, Tapestry, 30cm x 30cm

  • Weligama Garden II, 2019, Tapestry, 30cm x 39cm

  • Weligama Garden III, 2017, Mixed media on Paper, 31cm x 66.5cm

  • Yala Triptych II, 2017, Mixed Media on Paper, 31cm x 76cm

  • Yala, 2018, Tapestry, Triptych, 38cm x 31cm (x2) & 38cm x 29cm

CRESSIDE COLLETTE b.1950

Born in Ceylon in 1950, Cresside Collette migrated to Australia in 1962. Originally trained as a Graphic Artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), she worked as a book illustrator and advertising artist whilst developing large embroideries and exploring the textile arts. She was employed as a foundation weaver of The Victorian Tapestry Workshop (now the Australian Tapestry Workshop) in 1976, where she worked as a production weaver for fifteen years. In 1980 she undertook post – graduate studies in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, and subsequently completed a Master of Fine Art (by Research) at Monash University in Melbourne in 2003. Exhibited in both individual and group shows consistently since 1971, her work is represented in both public and private collections. She tutored in drawing and tapestry weaving in the Studio Textiles and Design Course at RMIT University for eleven years. A tapestry weaver for whom drawing has always been an integral part of her fine art practice, her paper, “In translation – drawing as the foundation for and manifestation of tapestry”, was delivered and published as part of the “DrawingOut” conference at RMIT in Melbourne in 2010.

In 2003 and 2004 she was awarded residencies at Bundanon (the estate left to the nation by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd) where she pioneered working “en plein air” in the medium of tapestry. The resulting exhibition of tapestries and drawings, A Month at Bundanon was shown at the Box Hill Art Space in Melbourne and the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra. Her exhibition, Woven Worlds; ten years of ‘en plein air’ tapestries, is touring nationally between 2014 – 2016. Over the last 25 years she has combined her own exhibition practice with designing and producing community tapestries for schools, city councils and universities. Her current art practice examines the dichotomy of belonging to two lands, inspired by her return to Sri Lanka in 2009 to attend the Lanka Decorative Arts Workshop and subsequent visits over the past few years.

 

Education

2003 Master of Fine Arts (by Research), Monash University, Melbourne
1998 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Honours in Tapestry, Monash University
1980-81 Postgraduate studies, Tapestry Department, Edinburgh College of Art
1970 Diploma of Graphic Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Woven Worlds: Ten years of ‘en plein air tapestries, Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria(a Manningham Gallery Touring exhibition)
2014 Woven Worlds: Ten years of ‘en plein air’ tapestries, Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster,Melbourne, Victoria
2008 A Month At Bundanon: en plein air tapestries and drawings by Cresside Collette,Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill, Melbourne
2008 The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra.
2006 A Month At Bundanon: en plein air tapestries and drawings by Cresside Collette, ChapelGalleries, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
2005 Material Bodies: tapestries and drawings, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat Victoria,Australia
2004 Material Bodies: tapestries and drawings, Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood, Victoria,Australia
1994 The Inner landscape, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, Victoria, Australia
1991 Tapestries and drawings, Reflections gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1987 Cresside Collette: Embroideries and Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne,Victoria, Australia
1971 Cresside Collette: Embroidered Wallhangings, Realities Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria,Australia

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2015, 2017 Kate Derum Award for Tapestry, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Honourable mention
2013 Beyond the city: Art from the suburban studio, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD,Manly Art Gallery, NSW, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2012 Real Nowhere Land, Manningham Gallery, Doncaster, Melbourne
2012 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne,Goulburn Regional Gallery NSW, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW,Albury Art Gallery, NSW, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional ArtGallery, QLD, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Vic
2011 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
2011, 2013, 2017 Wangaratta Textile Design Award, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Vic
2010 About Time, Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 – 2005 Ararat Regional Art Galleryand Regional Galleries around Victoria
2010 Women’s Salon 2010: Place and Belonging, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2009 Inaugural Wangaratta Textile Design Award, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
2009 Summer Landscapes, Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill, Melbourne
2006 Soft Centre, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
2003 Masters Examination Exhibition, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne Vic.
2002 Teach It, Preach It, Do It, RMIT Staff Exhibition, RMIT, Brunswick Victoria, Australia
2001 Powder — The Controlled Space, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic
2000 Decade: Ten Years Of Tapestry At Monash, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Vic.
2000 Knowing Bodies, Third Prospect Textile Biennial, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
1999 Exposure — Artists’ Portraits of Artists, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1997 The Tapestry Weavers, BC Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1993 The Tapestry Weavers, Craft Victoria Gallery, Craft Victoria, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
1998 World Weavers Wall, Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
1981 Miniature Textile Biennale, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat Victoria, Australia
1980/81 STAG 3: Scottish Tapestry Artists Group Exhibition, Edinburgh, Nottingham, London, UK
1980 Australian Weavers in Wool, Wool House, Melbourne, Australia; St James Gallery, DavidJones Sydney, Australia; International Wool Secretariat, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Woven Worlds: Ten years of ‘en plein air tapestries, Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria(a Manningham Gallery Touring exhibition)
2014 Woven Worlds: Ten years of ‘en plein air’ tapestries, Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster,Melbourne, Victoria
2008 A Month At Bundanon: en plein air tapestries and drawings by Cresside Collette,Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill, Melbourne
2008 The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra.
2006 A Month At Bundanon: en plein air tapestries and drawings by Cresside Collette, ChapelGalleries, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
2005 Material Bodies: tapestries and drawings, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat Victoria,Australia
2004 Material Bodies: tapestries and drawings, Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood, Victoria,Australia
1994 The Inner landscape, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, Victoria, Australia
1991 Tapestries and drawings, Reflections gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1987 Cresside Collette: Embroideries and Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne,Victoria, Australia
1971 Cresside Collette: Embroidered Wallhangings, Realities Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria,Australia

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2015, 2017 Kate Derum Award for Tapestry, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Honourable mention
2013 Beyond the city: Art from the suburban studio, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD,Manly Art Gallery, NSW, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2012 Real Nowhere Land, Manningham Gallery, Doncaster, Melbourne
2012 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne,Goulburn Regional Gallery NSW, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW,Albury Art Gallery, NSW, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional ArtGallery, QLD, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Vic
2011 Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennale, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
2011, 2013, 2017 Wangaratta Textile Design Award, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Vic
2010 About Time, Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 – 2005 Ararat Regional Art Galleryand Regional Galleries around Victoria
2010 Women’s Salon 2010: Place and Belonging, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2009 Inaugural Wangaratta Textile Design Award, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
2009 Summer Landscapes, Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill, Melbourne
2006 Soft Centre, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
2003 Masters Examination Exhibition, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne Vic.
2002 Teach It, Preach It, Do It, RMIT Staff Exhibition, RMIT, Brunswick Victoria, Australia
2001 Powder — The Controlled Space, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic
2000 Decade: Ten Years Of Tapestry At Monash, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Vic.
2000 Knowing Bodies, Third Prospect Textile Biennial, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
1999 Exposure — Artists’ Portraits of Artists, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1997 The Tapestry Weavers, BC Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1993 The Tapestry Weavers, Craft Victoria Gallery, Craft Victoria, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
1998 World Weavers Wall, Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
1981 Miniature Textile Biennale, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat Victoria, Australia
1980/81 STAG 3: Scottish Tapestry Artists Group Exhibition, Edinburgh, Nottingham, London, UK
1980 Australian Weavers in Wool, Wool House, Melbourne, Australia; St James Gallery, DavidJones Sydney, Australia; International Wool Secretariat, London, UK

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