Irene Barberis

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The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination – Stage Two

TAPESTRY OF LIGHT is a new artwork rendered on a breathtaking, epic scale. This internationally significant work is a giant illuminated tapestry, 36 X 3 metres long, and is opening in Brussels, April 2017.

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This internationally significant work is a giant illuminated tapestry, spread across 14 panels, 36 metres long by 3 metres high, made from glowing fibres of threads and light especially constructed using nanoparticle technology developed at the RMIT Design Research Institute.

Four years in focused development and existing somewhere between art, science and design, the completed artwork will be an extraordinary illuminated reimagining of the medieval Angers Tapestries of the Apocalypse, one of the only full cycles by a female artists in over 700 years!

The opening of the Tapestry of Light will be in the famous Brussels Cathedral, on the 27th April 2017 – four specially commissioned pieces of music, composed by four international composers will accompany the artwork in all venues. The music is the contribution to the Tapestry of Light Project by the Brussels Cathedral commissioned by Alain Arnould OP, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Basilique de Koekelberg, Brussels.

We have come a long way since completing our first ACF campaign for the Tapestry of Light Project in 2015. The first funding campaign has, we are very pleased to announce, been very successful and has covered the major construction of the tapestry, and the initial stage of the documentary (see above vimeo), now we are looking at funding to cover the state of the art ‘hanging system’, the Thames and Hudson publication, and the film/documentary.

HANGING SYSTEM
• A state-of-the-art hanging system for the tapestry as it moves around the world, travelling between the major Cathedrals of the West and Museums across the globe; this is a huge multiformed lightweight construction built for travel ( $10,000).

PUBLICATION
• A Thames and Hudson publication in two parts: a stunning boxed set of two volumes – a lightweight catalogue which will travel with the Tapestry, and a hard cover volume of the entire visual compendium and installation views of the tapestry. It is full of coloured images set in a beautiful high-tech cloth covered box with marbleised interior.

The essays, visual essays and perspectives in the catalogue are written by renowned experts in field, which include Emeritus Professor Michelle P. Brown, Professor David Mainwaring, Dr Irene Barberis, Dr Janet McKenzie and three eminent guest authors. We are looking for $20,000 to cover the costs for the printing of the catalogue, including paying the authors and photography – our next platform will focus on the hard cover box and volume

FILM /DOCUMENTARY
• The documentary is in full swing. We are looking, at this stage, for $50,000 to produce the major part of the 35 minute documentary for Global TV and exhibition.

Irene Barberis is a well-known Australian artist, born in London. Exhibiting 50 solo and 90 group exhibitions her work is shown and collected widely in Australia and internationally. She holds a PhD from Victoria University, an MA from the University of Melbourne VCA, and has received multiple prizes and commissions.

Barberis is an international curator and writer, and through her initiatives, Metasenta® and the Global Centre for Drawing has projects in the UK, USA, Middle East and Far East.

She commissioned the highly comprehensive publication on Australian drawing, “Contemporary Australian Drawing#1”, curating the accompanying travelling exhibition of 94 Australian artists, exhibited in London, New York and Florence at SACI in 2015. Co-Director of Gallery Langford120, Director of Metasenta Publications, and International Director of conferences and symposia, she is also a Senior Lecturer /researcher at RMIT University, Melbourne and Hong Kong and RMIT Design Research Institute.

She is collaborating with Professor David. E. Mainwaring [Swinburne University], Emerita Professor Michelle P. Brown [University of London], Professor Bernard J Muir [University of Melbourne] and Dr Janet McKenzie [University of Dundee].

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