Friends Annual and Focus 2024

Rosa Daniela Diaz, ‘Blood is Thicker Than Water’, 2023 (detail). Installation view, ANU School of Art & Design Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Brenton McGeachie

Exhibition Dates: 13 April – 22 June 2024
Opening Event: Saturday 13 April, 2pm – 4pm

C-A-C proudly presents the ‘Friends Annual’ and ‘Focus’ exhibitions, an eclectic display of artworks by the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Featuring a range of style and mediums, the ‘Friends Annual’ provides a unique opportunity to witness the rich artistic talent that the region has to offer.

Complementary to the ‘Friends Annual’, the ‘Focus’ exhibition highlights the work of one artist or collective from the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre and provides an in-depth look at their practice.

This year’s ‘Focus’ artist is Rosa Daniela Diaz 

Diaz’s practice is rooted in feminist care ethics and reparative practices. Her installation titled ‘Blood is Thicker Than Water’ consists of sculptural woven forms exploring the memory and the body, matrilineal ancestry, and her Uruguayan heritage.  

Her mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2021, which has had a significant impact on her life – both in traumatic and beautiful ways. She uses her mother’s aged dressmaking pattern paper hand spun into string throughout this body of work. The slow and repetitive quality of her practice gives her time to contemplate and reflect, inviting stillness as a way to repair and transform grief into healing. 

‘Blood is Thicker Than Water’ honours her mum, women, ancient textile methodologies and craft, through adapting techniques such as ancient looping, coiling, and twining as well as the more contemporary knitting and crochet, using repurposed materials. 

Join Rosa Daniela Diaz as she knits and stitches in the gallery adding to her artwork as part of the performative element of her practice on the following dates and times: 

– Friday 10 May, 11am – 12pm  

– Saturday 8 June, 11am – 12pm 

Rosa Daniela Diaz 

Rosa Daniela Diaz was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1970. She is now based in Picton, NSW. Diaz holds a Master of Contemporary Art Practice (Research) at the ANU School of Art and Design, Canberra (2023), Master of Art (Painting) from UNSW Art & Design (2016), and a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts from Wollongong West TAFE (2013 – 2014). 

Her recent exhibitions include Bloodline at Airspace Projects (2024), ANU School of Art and Design Grad Show (2023), 61st Fishers Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2023), ANU School of Art and Design Drawing Prize (2023), and International Women’s Day Exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace (2019 – 2021). 

Diaz has participated in artist residencies at Chateau Orquevaux in France, Artestudio Ginestrelle in Italy, and Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCi) in Bilpin, NSW. She received an Arts Recognition award in the Veolia Mulwaree Trust Creative Arts Scholarship (2016). 
Her work is held in private collections in Australia and internationally. 

Friends Annual and Focus 2024 Winners

MDS Winner: James Cowden, Under the Lake

Friends Annual and Focus Winner: Ann Meadley, The Rock Concert

Highly Commended:
– Lathalia Song
– Marina Strijakova