Robyn McGrath

McGrath, Robyn

Artist’s Statement

While my artworks may be made in response to a well pondered and researched theme or idea they are strongly based in personal experience, strong connection to the natural world and the Australian landscape. Environmental and spiritual messages are frequently embedded in them.

I am inspired by the colours and textures that surround me and so reflect these in my artworks.

Exploring the possibilities of wide ranging techniques and transitioning to the third dimension are current evolution in my practice.

My choice to use textiles in my art practice has come from a very long engagement with cloth, yarn and thread. The fact that textiles can be changed by manipulation, heat, discharge, dye, paint, print and embellishment with stitch attracts me, as my works evolve throughout the process of making.


Robyn McGrath_By Wire and Wireless
By Wire and Wireless, inTransit Exhibition


1994       MLitt. English Literature, University of New England
1990       B Ed University of New England
1960       Teacher’s Certificate, Armidale Teacher’s College (Weaving, Basketry Elective)

2019     un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019     un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2018      un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre,            Hornsby NSW
2018      Synthesis – untethered fibre artists, GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018      inTransituntethered fibre artists, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2017      inTransit  – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre,  Hornsby NSW
2017      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Belconnen Arts Centre ACT
2016      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby NSW
2016      Façade – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG Sydney, NSW
2016      Sense of Place – Manning Fibre Artists, Tamworth, Taree, Forster, NSW
2016 – 02         Seaside Heritage Quilter’s Exhibition – Forster/Tuncurry, NSW
2016, 14, 13     SAQA Benefit International Online Auction
2015       Out of Hand  untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW
2014       Future … Past – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG Sydney, NSW
2011 – 14  Sydney Quilt Show, Sydney NSW Pictorial and Art Quilt sections
2010     Misty Mountains/Dorrigo National Park Challenge 2nd Prize

Professional Affiliations
2015 –   untethered fibre artists inc.
2015 –   Manning Fibre Artists
2011 –   Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2011 –   Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA)
2010 –   NSW Quilters Guild