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Paper Mountain is a Perth based artist run initiative with a gallery, co-working space (The Common Room) and studios, located in the heart of Northbridge, WA.

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Artist Talk: Ruth Halbert

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Artist Talk: Ruth Halbert

24 June, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ruth Halbert is passionate in her discussion on Australia’s relationship with refugees. Join her artist talk to learn more about how she materialises this discussion through her art in Cast Away, and what is next in her investigation of the topic.

About the artist

Ruth Halbert was raised in the Western Australian wheatbelt where hand-making with natural materials was part of her 70s childhood. Her family’s religious practice and the feminist and social justice politics of the 80s also influence her art practice. Halbert’s first career in science and computing appears in her work through number play, patterns and experimentation. Using thread and fibre, textiles and text for their sensual, tactile quality, their history, symbolism and meaning, she chooses local and recycled materials and making by hand using a variety of techniques.

She graduated from a Contemporary Art degree in 2012 and has worked full-time as an artist since then, including residencies in rural WA and Sweden and exhibitions in Western Australia. She currently lives and works on the South Coast.


Cast Away opens on Friday 9 June, 6pm
Exhibition continues 10 – 25 June

Image: Ruth Halbert, Laceboat, 2016. Paper, hand-knitted lace, thread. 12 x 22 x 10cm.