The Parliament House Embroidery: a creative collaboration

Baguley, Margaret and Kerby, Martin C. (2017) The Parliament House Embroidery: a creative collaboration. Australian Art Education, 38 (2). pp. 261-274. ISSN 1032-1942


The Parliament House Embroidery (PHE) was the result of an eight year collaboration between the South Australian artist Kay Lawrence and each Australian state and territory embroidery guild. Conceived as an artistic commemoration of Australia's Bicentenary and the opening of the new Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1988, the PHE is notable as both a key commissioned work and the only gift accepted by the Parliament House Construction Authority's Art Advisory Committee. Drawing from a case study this paper explores issues related to interpretation, leadership, and authorship that arose during this extended collaboration. As the PHE celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2018, this is a timely investigation of the process that led to the creation of this artwork.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Art Education Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 00:24
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: authorship, collaboration, commemorative embroidery, craft, history, interpretation, leadership, Parliament House Embroidery (PHE), textiles
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190501 Crafts
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

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