ACT – News & Events

         Enjoy DESIGN Canberra, 7–26 November 2017! Further information can be found at the DESIGN Canberra website

     Canberra Spinners and Weavers celebrate 50 years: Our 2017 exhibitions at CMAG and TAC are fast approaching. The opening of the CMAG exhibition (Canberra Museum + Gallery) by Janet De Boer will be Saturday afternoon 28th October, 2-3pm. This historical exhibition is titled “Crossing Threads” and Meredith Hinchliffe has secured works (loans from collections) by significant textile artists such as Solving Baas-Becking, Belinda Ramson, Catherine K and other past CSW members. We will be opening with an afternoon tea. Our Members exhibition, “50 Years Looking Forward,” will also be opened by Janet De Boer on Thursday the 2nd November at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre (the exhibition continues until 26th November). The exhibition opens at 6pm, with the talk to be at 6:20pm. During the exhibition at Tuggeranong we will be holding a 3 day opening at our Chifley rooms (Nov 23, 24, 25) for members to display and sell their work. This event will coincide with the Canberra Design Festival. Meredith Hinchliffe has been very busy visiting our various interest groups in order to discuss what members are working on for their Tuggeranong exhibition.”

The Embroiderers Guild of the ACT will hold their annual Members’ Exhibition at Albert Hall, Canberra from 14-17 September. They will operate a café and many items will be for sale from the exhibition.

     ACT TEXTILE ARTS ASSOCIATION: PO Box 116, Curtin ACT 2605. Email & Web:   The ACT Textile Arts Association (ACTTAA) is a not-for-profit organisation of practising artists and hobbyists who are interested in the design and embellishment of textiles, used to make a variety of items. Members share their expertise at our monthly meetings and regular workshops. ‘We meet the second Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm at the Woden Seniors Club, Corinna Street (corner with Melrose drive), Phillip, ACT. Some of the techniques we use are: dyeing, fabric manipulation, machine & hand embroidery, silk painting, stencil work, stamping, felting, beading, and printing. We use these techniques to make: wearable art, wall hangings, paintings, sculptural forms, jewellery, bags, hats, accessories and household items to name a few.’

     The ACT Textile Arts Association and the Canberra Region Feltmakers have booked Out of the Box (Belconnen Arts Centre) from 19 Sept – 16 October in the lead up to their combined Fashion Parade, High Tea and Bazaar. The fashion aspect is titled FIBRE COUTURE and will include parades on 14/15 October.

     TRACES (at Belconnen Arts Centre from 22 Sept – 15 October.  Your entry is welcome – and is due by 28th July. This is an Open Exhibition in A5 Format. There will be a People’s Choice Award of $500. ‘As we journey through life, we leave traces of where we have been. We all have a connection to a place, a story or memory. Artists are invited from throughout Australia to respond to the theme of: speaking of our sense of place; our connection to it; the stories and memories we have gathered. We are encouraging you to investigate your ideas of connection and memory playfully, thoughtfully, radically, or somewhere in between as you explore the people, your relationships, places, adventures and environments that you cherish. We welcome contributions from all ages and viewpoints, and in any medium. Artists working in any stage of their creative practice be it as a professional or hobbyist are invited to submit work exploring this theme at A5 (21 x 14.8cm) size. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Monika McInerney, Creative Program Director on (02) 6173 3304 or