Telling Tales


Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm for Telling tales, the Limestone Coast community stitch project facilitated by artists Jo Fife and Sera Waters, Riddoch Art Gallery and Walkway Gallery.

Astoundingly, more than 100 packs have been distributed to individuals all over the region, and we have been thrilled with the entries we have already received – they are all so special.

The project is no longer accepting new participants but is still accepting pieces from people already registered. So don’t forget to send your work in, it’s not too late!

What happens next?
All contributions will be combined by artists Jo Fife and Sera Waters, into one major work, determined by the many tales that have been sent in. The stories will form a narrative that explores the Limestone Coast region, from your perspective, and will be at the heart of the final form. This work on display at both Walkway Gallery and Riddoch Art Gallery in 2021 alongside exhibitions from Sera Waters and Jo Fife.

Walkway Gallery
July 19 – September 5, 2021

Riddoch Art Gallery
September 10 – October 31, 2021

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Telling Tales is a community stitch project led by artists Jo Fife and Sera Waters. This is an opportunity for anyone with links to our beautiful region to share insights, knowledge, and tales from past happenings, passed along knowledge, family histories, regional species, weather events or mysteries that will become part of a unique artwork which may become part of the Riddoch Art Gallery collection.

Telling Tales is for both beginner and experienced stitchers. Contributions can be as simple or complex as you choose. For inspiration and guides on basic stitches, how-to videos, tips and examples of completed tales can be found via the Telling Tales Facebook page at: @TellingTalesLimestoneCoast

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Jo Fife was born in Penola, South Australia and has lived most of her life in the region. Jo has worked as a professional artist for the past 30 years, exhibiting locally and interstate, taking out awards for textiles and painting. In this time Jo has curated exhibitions, tutored school and adult groups, mentored young emerging artists and disability groups, worked on community art projects, facilitating the Multicultural Art Project and lectured in textiles and printmaking at TAFE SA.

Sera Waters is a South Australian based artist known for creating artworks invested with a darkly stitched meticulousness. In 2018 she completed her PhD which investigated settler colonial home-making patterns and practices and examined her family histories as inherited genealogical ghostscapes. Waters has exhibited across Australia and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

A full biography, exhibition list and more can be found at www.serawaters.com.au

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Along with your embroidery please write a small description of your tale on the story card supplied, and send these together in the return envelope to the Riddoch Art Gallery (1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier SA 5290) by Friday 18 September 2020.

Your stitched image and story will be recorded and then included alongside other contributions to form a large artwork encompassing many tales of the Limestone Coast region.

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Like the Facebook page @TellingTalesLimestoneCoast and share your Telling Tales journey with us by tagging us or adding the hashtag #tellingtales to your caption

We’re all on instagram, so please feel free to tag us in any #tellingtales posts

@jofifeart  @serawaters  @the_riddoch  @walkwaygallery  @countryarts_sa

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