An introduction

Inspired by the film  ‘Les glaneurs et la glaneuse’, an award winning French documentary by Agnès Varda, 2000, that features the history of the various forms of gleaning.

The exhibition ‘Gleaners’ is a collection of works that all involve different ways of gleaning materials and reinterpreting and transforming them into new objects.

To glean

1. to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.

2. to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.

3. to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.

verb (used without object)

4. to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.

The artist’s selected for ‘Gleaners’ have been chosen for their sensitivity to material in their chosen craft.

The eight contemporary Australian craft and design practitioners: Lesa Farrant, Honor Freeman, Mary Hackett, Nico Kelly, Tom Mirams, Belinda Newick and Peter Walker, each takes a found material before using processes like slip casting, forging, assemblage, and reshaping to create a new form.