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Threadbare exhibition

Thursday, 22 September 2016


If you go down to the Library at ECU you are sure of a big surprise. For gathered there will be Threadbare, an intimate exhibition exploring the inner workings of cuddly companions, mostly teddy bears together with a few pandas.

The Threadbare exhibition is a collaborative project between three ECU artists - DeeDee Noon, Kevin Ballantine and Gill Willmer.

DeeDee Noon’s work looks at the emotional textures of tender companionship in a series of photographic hug-your-teddy moments. This complex intimacy is juxtaposed with Kevin Ballantine’s pithy – Panda Thinking – whimsical yet wise thoughts-for-life, and Gill Willmer’s toy-hack paintings, collages, and mono-prints that delve deeply into the dark interior of teddy bears.

Event details

The Threadbare exhibition opens in the foyer of the Mount Lawley Campus Library, Building 7, Edith Cowan University from Tuesday, 4 October until Friday, 11 November. During the month-long October showing, the Threadbare exhibition includes three separate events.

Opening event

An after-work opening where the artists will deliver short talks about their work.
Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Foyer of the ECU Mount Lawley Campus Library, Building 7

Photo-booth - visual data collection

ECU staff and students, and members of the public of all ages, are invited to drop by the exhibition in the Library foyer and be photographed photo-booth style with their favourite toy. Participant photos and responses to a series of questions will be utilized in DeeDee Noon’s PhD research.

Photo-booth data collection dates:

  • Tuesday, 4 October 11.00am - 2.00pm
  • Thursday, 6 October 11.00am - 2.00pm
  • Tuesday, 11 October 11.00am - 2.00pm

Halloween Teddy Bears’ picnic

Responding to the darker side inspired by the song for children, there will be a Halloween Teddy bear’s picnic outside the Library. Spruce up your favourite teddy bear for Halloween, bring some lollies to share, and a picnic blanket. There will be music and prizes awarded for the most scary bears.
Date: Monday, 31 October 2016
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Grassed area outside of the ECU Mount Lawley Campus Library, Building 7


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