Exhibition finds new venue.

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Meat Market Artisans and friends at meeting of 'creditors' held by temporary administrators on Friday 21st May 1999

Due to some freak circumstances, Goodbye Kind World now finds itself as part of the Melbourne Festival, showing at RMIT Gallery. Thanks to the spirited assistance of Maudie Palmer, the exhibition has managed to make its way into the festival program at the very last minute.

The new dates for GKW is 11th October to 13th November 1999. As this will follow the temporary closure of the State Library reading dome and NGV, there may be a Swanston Street focus accompanying the exhibition. The Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne has offered to support a forum.

Naturally, there are still some vowels to dot and consonants to cross. However, this new arrangement means that the GKW is likely to have a bigger audience that it was to initially. Expect further correspondence on the new deadlines.

Meanwhile, I’d still like to continue filling out artist details for the web site. Any more outstanding materials would be gratefully received.

It’s been heartening how everyone has stood by the show when it was out in the rain.

So we can keep going. Or, as they once used to say, ‘She’ll be right as rain’.



You may have already that Metro Craft Centre was closed on Friday 14th May 1999. Locks were changed and staff were terminated. From what I understand, the board and Arts Victoria decided to put the centre under temporary management due to financial difficulties. We hope to hear what the future of the centre will be by Thursday. It's come as quite a shock not only to myself but also the staff I have been working with.
Pamela Irving
Pamela Irving, artist whose exhibition was just installed inside the closed Meat Market


Hopefully, the new management will honour the program that had been put in place for this year. If not, we may have to find an alternative venue for Goodbye Kind World. It is a rare event to have such a timely an exhibition with such notable participants become available.

Meanwhile, I am encouraging artists to continue as normal. I'll be putting the catalogue and web-site together, as scheduled.

Of course, we can't let the irony go unnoticed. The exhibition was devised to reflect on what is being left behind in the mad race to the 21st century. This year has witnessed an acceleration in the process of discarding the collective heritage. We have already seen the closure of Pentridge, Georges, Bank of Melbourne and the last home football match. It now appears 'Goodbye Kind World' finds itself at the centre of this process. In a way, this irony gives extra momentum to the exhibition.

Finally, a few words from the 'early father' of craft speaking near the end of his century:

'Go back again, now you have seen us, and your outward eyes have learned that in spite of all the infallible maxims of your day there is yet a time of rest in store for the world, when mastery has changed into fellowship-but not before. Go back again, then, and while you live you will see all round you people engaged in making others live lives which are not their own, while they themselves care nothing for their own real lives-men who hate life though they fear death. Go back and be the happier for having seen us, for having added a little hope to your struggle.'
William Morris News from Nowhere Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984 (orig. 1890), p. 288