Material Musings Information 2022

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Material Musings

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Exhibition Dates:

Wednesday 19th October – Saturday 29th Oct 2022
Presentation & Awards Night:
Wednesday 19th Oct 2022


Gallery 107, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 12pm – 5pm
Entry Closing Date: Wednesday 18th September



Sponsored by: MAANZ, Smalti Australia , Artopia Mosaic and Sculpture, 19Mosaics, Mosaic Bazaar, Mandala Art, The Marble Mosaic Store, Oz Mosaics Merlin Mosaica and Axess Glass

Best in Show: $1000 AUD +$100 Mosaic voucher 2 Juror’s Choice Awards
$375 AUD + $150 mosaic vouchers
Peoples Choice Award: $100 of mosaic vouchers Highly Commended Awards:

mosaic vouchers of $100
Innovation Award: Over $600 in Mosaic equipment Sponsored by Merlin Mosaica & Axess Glass

How to Enter:

Online entry form on MAANZ website only.
Note that the exhibition is not restricted to residents of the state and can be entered by mosaicists nationally and internationally. Artworks that have been entered in other MAANZ Branch Exhibitions are welcome.

Entry Fees:

MAANZ members:
Non MAANZ members: $35 for 1 work, $50 for 2 works.

PAYMENT is made using the pay pal form on our website at at the time of entry. Note that you can use a credit card at PayPal if you don’t have a PayPal account. There is NO refund of entry fee. The fee is retained as a contribution to costs of receiving, processing & assessing work. Misinterpretations of the entry form do not constitute reasons for a refund.

Selection of Works for Exhibition:

NO pre-selection will take place.

All entries submitted must be the ORIGINAL WORK and DESIGN of the artist. Only artworks completed since September 2020 will be accepted.

Entries must not have been exhibited in a MAANZ National/International Exhibition, but can have been exhibited in any Australian branch MAANZ exhibition. MAANZ makes no guarantee that all works entered will be exhibited & reserves the right to reject any entry.

Late entries will not be considered. No reasons will be given, and no correspondence will be entered into about these decisions.


Copying of any kind (including using imagery where the submitting artist does not have copyright) is not permitted. Obvious copyright infringement will result in the removal of the work from the exhibition. If work is accepted and later found to be in breach of copyright in the opinion of the MAANZ Committee, it will be removed from the exhibition and any awards rescinded. MAANZ reserves the right to take further action. All decisions are final.


Each artist can enter up to two (2) works.
Size: 2D wall hanging maximum of 1m x 1m, 15cm deep, 15kg weight.
3D free standing sculpture maximum of 60 x 60 x 60cm, 15kg weight.
Works must have correct hanging system (see FAQs).
Each work must be marked clearly on the back, with the artist’s name, title of work, medium/s used & sale price.

Artist Statement/s

Digital Images: Images to be emailed to

MAANZ NSW Exhibition Coordinator – Francessca O’Donnell
Email: Phone: 0402 856 582

Submit up to three images for each work.

One main image and up to two detail images.

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$25 for 1 work, $40 for 2 works.


Each entry must include an artist’s statement of 600


characters or fewer. This is part of the online entry


form. Keep your statement simple & use your own



Each image saved as JPEGS at the best resolution of your camera, with a file size not greater than 2MB. Image resolution should be set at 300dpi. Images to be taken face on (for wall hanging work), in focus, no background or very plain background so as not to distract, no date stamp and no heavy photo editing

Images: All images to be named as follows: Jane Smith_SunsetLake
Jane Smith_SunsetLake_Detail1
Jane Smith_SunsetLake_Detail2

Delivery of Works:


Aust Post: To arrive before 10th Oct 2022 (with current postal delays allow at least 2 weeks by post or consider using express post).
C/O Linda Weiss, 48 Backhouse Street, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782.

Hand delivery prior to Oct 18th.This can be arranged by contacting Linda
NB Linda Works full time so times will be limited.

Delivery By Hand to Gallery : between 9 – 11 am, on 18th Oct 2022 only.

By Courier: please advise Exhibition Coordinator & Linda Weiss if sending by courier.

NB: Star Track is the preferred courier, as they will contact Linda if she is not home & deliver when she is. If you can’t use Star Track, please ensure your courier can also make these arrangements to ensure your work is safely delivered.

Collection of Works:
By Hand: Monday 31st Oct, 11 am – 5 pm from Gallery 107

By Courier: Please contact Linda for appropriate dates and time from 48 Backhouse Street, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782.

Artist to make collection arrangements with courier.

By Aust Post: returned to artist by Aust Post COD.

***Include completed Australia Post COD form when sending artwork.

Freight & insurance are the responsibility of the artist. (The laws of NSW apply)

If an artist fails to make arrangements to have their work/s removed from the exhibition on the above dates, after a period of thirty (30) days, the work/s will become the property of MAANZ to be disposed of as they see fit. MAANZ will be under no liability whatsoever to the artist in respect of any work/s so disposed.

Sale of Work:

All work must be for sale.

A 33% commission to MAANZ will apply on all sales.
(In calculating your sale price, allow for this commission by increasing the amount you want to receive by 33%.)

While every care is taken with your work, MAANZ & its agents take no responsibility for theft, loss of works or any damage, howsoever or wherever caused.


MAANZ NSW Exhibition Coordinator – Francessca O’Donnell

Email: Phone: 0402 856 582

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Please avoid using bubble wrap or peanuts non-


biodegradable packing. Please use old soft


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Exhibition Title: Material Musings

Creating an artwork for this exhibition, is an opportunity to think about and explore the materials we use in our work. As mosaicers, we are spoilt for choice and materials speak to us in many different ways. Whether they are natural or synthetic and manufactured, long lasting or impermanent, materials are embedded with memories. These memories may be geological, historical, cultural, political, environmental or personal.

Examples below show mosaics created from a exploring a broad range of materials and some of the memories embedded in them. There are so many materials to explore and inspire, we hope you enjoy this creative journey and enter this exhibition.

The first two explore unearthing material memories. Debbie Tully is thinking about the social history of slate in her work ‘Venerable Slate’. The harsh conditions endured by the quarry men and the movement of slate from Wales to Australia (see image below). Material memories can also be used metaphorically.

Geological processes occurring in the formation of slate and schist serve as a metaphor for the rise of neo-Nazis and fascists in Kate Butler’s installation, ‘On (The) Edge’ (see detail below).

copper, antique glass

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Venerable Slate, Debbie Tully

Slate, marble, iron, smalti,

On (The) Edge, Kate Butler Slate, smalti, schist


Blue and White – Paper to Glass by Bev Plowman – Abstract mosaic, representing a misty morning on a pond.

With the theme ‘torn’, this mosaic is transformed by its changing layers of materials, from soft tissue paper, magazine and wrapping paper, to fabric, porcelain and ceramic and finally into Smalti.

Inspiration Presentation by Bev Plowman – Mosaic or not – using different materials web


Extinct Race – Margaret Shaw – High fire china

The white Ibis adapted to our urban environment, by becoming a ‘bin chicken. The background alludes to the bird’s natural habitat as a memory, the bird looks back.
The white pieces of china are reminiscent of a shattered egg, pointing to the fragility of the birds very existence in the trap of the apparent convenience of a man-made environment.

Another aspect is using a cultural frame, to view materials. Waste, reuse, found and up-cycle. Environmental issues are also very relevant. Italian Artist Lady Be is one of the many artists using plastics to create art.
Check out the exciting movement created by Helen Bellino to help clean up our oceans and assist impoverished families in the the third world by incorporating ocean debris into your mosaics by being part of the ‘Ocean Debris mosaic revolution’.

Mosaics from plastics- by Italian artist Lady Be

Sponsors: MAANZ, Artopiia Mosaic and Sculpture, 19 Mosaics, Smalti Australia, Mosaic Bazaar, Artopia Mosaic and Sculpture, The Marble Mosaic Store, Oz Mosaics,