6 June – 20 July 2024

Lace is impractical, insubstantial and full of holes but has nevertheless been used to tell substantive and personal stories throughout history.

In this exhibition three NSW based artists use three different lace techniques to interpret their personal experience and give contemporary expression to this traditional artform.

Jane Théau uses a sewing machine to create life-sized lace images that are included in installations and dance performances.

Maggie Hensel-Brown creates meticulously detailed needle lace, capturing modern life with a technique that is unchanged since its development in the 16th century.

Tina Fox challenges conventional perceptions of crocheted lace, one of the few crafts that cannot be automated, as she explores the relationship between crochet and digital technologies.

Australian Design Centre is proud to present this exhibition, a meeting of traditional craft and contemporary practice and ideas, as part of its 60th anniversary year of celebrations. 


LACED: Artist Talk
Saturday 8 June, 11.30am-12.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: Free, bookings essential

Join LACED artists, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Tina Fox and Jane Théau on a tour through the exhibition talking about their work, techniques, process and practices.

Fabric for A Feast: Community Tablecloth Project
Saturday 8 June, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: free, bookings required

Participate in this community stitching event hosted by textile artist Jane Théau. Fabric for a Feast was initiated as a never-ending project to make a never-finished tablecloth from a found antique linen sheet.

Needle Lace with Maggie Hensel-Brown
Saturday 29 June, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: $65, book here

Make a lace sampler with the expert guidance of artist, Maggie Hensel-Brown. Each participant will make a sampler specially designed by Maggie with all materials provided and no prior experience necessary.

Free Exhibition Tours
Make the most of your trip to the Australian Design Centre with a free exhibition tour. The gallery team will introduce you to the current exhibitions and Object Shop.

Tour times:
Thursdays, 12.30pm
Book here or call on us on 9361 4555 to make a booking or register at the front desk 10 minutes prior to tour time. 

Image top: Maggie Hensel-Brown, For You (detail), 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist