The Mark of Time: Celebrating Ararat's wool heritage
Saturday 5th June - Sunday 7th November 2021
10.00am - 4.00pm
Ararat Gallery TAMA
DocumentsAndrew Chapman 2021 Catalogue
Established in 1968, Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) holds a distinctive place amongst Australia’s public galleries through its longstanding celebration of textile and fibre art. Ararat’s historical association with fine merino wool production, increasing recognition of craft as an important art form, and significant funding from State and Federal governments in the 1970s secured the establishment of the Gallery’s now highly valued fibre art collection.
Andrew Chapman OAM has photographed much of Australia’s social and political landscape over the last five decades. His images have featured in many Australian publications, and his work is held in public and private collections both in Australia and internationally. In 2014 Chapman was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for work within Australia’s photographic community. His interest in shearing began in 1976 and he has been travelling the country documenting the sheds and the people who inhabit them ever since.
The Mark of Time was shot in April 2021 throughout Ararat and the surrounding region. Often framed with the background of the Grampians or the Mount Cole State Forest, evidence of the rich wool heritage of the district can be found in the form of classic woolsheds and outbuildings.
With thanks to the property owners and managers for their hospitality and support.