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MAPBM undertakes a variety of projects and services with and for its members. MAPBM seeks grant funding for exhibitions and professional development and holds at least one Members Show annually. MAPBM holds regular "Show and Tell" professional development sessions in member artists' studios and in addition members receive a regular newsletter on contemporary art activities in the Blue Mountains.
The title of this exhibition, Fabrik, overlays the word fabric, the basis of all textile and clothing, with the word fabrik to emphasise the place of making, of manufacture rather than just the material being made. The idea that the object is not independent of how it is made, how it is used and how it is disposed of is the basis of this exhibition.
Split into two stages by COVID-19 isolation requirements, the five artists commissioned by SEWNUP have produced artworks that respond to their investigations into the tension between the beauty, comfort and social identity provided by textiles and clothing products on one hand and either questionable aspects of the product cycle or a reassessment of the handmade on the other. Stage 1 was shown in April 2020.
Each year MAPBM holds a curated exhibition of members' work. Imperceptible resistances was the first MAPBM members' exhibition, which was curated by Lizzy Marshall at the Everglades Gallery in Leura in December 2018. The second members' exhibition, Mapping, was curated by Anthony Bond OAM at Braemar Gallery in Springwood in August 2019.
Explorers: narratives of site was a multilayered, accumulative exhibition project, which responded to the complex and overlapping narratives of the historic Woodford Academy site. The show, co-curated by Beata Geyer and Mahalya Middlemist was supported by Create NSW and involved 17 contemporary artists from the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney.
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