Finding beauty in the Sherrin football

AFL Grand Final fever has engulfed Melbourne once again, and the mention of a Sherrin football is the last thing you may relate to artwork.

However, one of our former students, Marion Crooke, is the Co-Producer of an exhibition that combines the two: Sherrin footballs and textiles.

Archiball Echidna, Aunty Cynthia Hardie (Yorta Yorta), Sherrin football, faux fur, porcelain quills.
Archiball Echidna, Aunty Cynthia Hardie (Yorta Yorta), Sherrin football, faux fur, porcelain quills.

Shepparchiballs is a quirky exhibition of textile work that celebrates nurturing and the creation of beauty regardless of the context – and in this instance, it is the Sherrin football. The artists are women from different cultural backgrounds living in Shepparton: African, Australian, Afghani and Koorie.

The exhibition heralds an array of humorous, colourful and creative works from a diverse group of women. From portraits, to echidnas, turtles, and intricate sculptures of trees, this unique body of work shows another side of the Sherrin football that needs to be seen to be believed.

The body of work is now on show in Melbourne until the end of October.

Where: 295 King Street, Melbourne

Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

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