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Shedding, dwelling, making: The artist collective We Must Get Together Some Time

By Gregory Pryor

An essay printed in the exhibition catalogue We Must Get Together Some Time, 2021, edited by Perdita Phillips and Annette Nykiel(The text below is an extract from the catalogue essay)

A gentle and respectful approach permeates the ethos of WMGTST and continues a tradition of artist’s camps in Western Australia that have been associated with Edith Cowan University (ECU) over more than three decades. The textile artist and lecturer Elsje King ran many camps for textile students which extolled a similar approach, engendering many of the graduates with a deeper understanding of making work in response to the landscape in Western Australia. Nalda Searles and Nien Schwarz continued this tradition, and both have been influential figures behind the formation of WMGTST. Annette Nykiel, the current coordinator of WMGTST, completed her PHD with Nien Schwarz at ECU and their jointly curated exhibition field working slow making at Spectrum Project Space in 2016 provided a template for the current project. More

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