With the wonderful Soft Sculpture exhibition due to end in a week’s time the National Gallery have announced that they’re bringing it to a conclusion with a festival dedicated to the widely feared knitting community.
The National Gallery of Australia will be holding Knitta Please, a festival of events starting from Sunday 5 July. The week will culminate in a community project, Stitching up the NGA, which is being held from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 12 July. Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please, Sydney artist Denise Litchfield and a team of volunteers will transform six large concrete poles at the front entrance of the Gallery. Knitters all over the world have been invited to help create squares of knitting for the coverings, and the Gallery has had a great response, receiving contributions from as far as Sweden and the USA.
Knitters are still invited to send in their yarn samples that measure 10–20 cm wide and 140 cm long. Any colour, yarn and technique will be accepted, but they need to be sent to the National Gallery of Australia before 7 July!