TAS – News & Events

     The TASMANIAN CRAFT FAIR is held annually in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania, when an amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work. DATES of the 37th Craft Fair: 3-6 November 2017. Fri/Sat/Sun the hours are 9am-5pm daily. On Monday 6th November the time of opening is 9am-4pm. Entry is free for under 10’s. Adults $17, Children $8, family of four $40. Weekend passes. It is also an event that has over 60 food stalls as well as entertainment, including for the children. If you are after a collector’s item or shopping for yourself or for Christmas presents, the four days of the TCF presents a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the best of Tasmania. The venue is the Deloraine Community Complex, Alveston Drive, Deloraine. http://www.tascraftfair.com.au/

The Tasmanian Quilt Expo, Tasmanian Quilting Guild, will take place from 1-3 September 2017 at the Albert Hall, Launceston.

  TASMANIAN ART QUILT Prize 2018: the theme is EBB & FLOW and the due date to submit work is 5 February 2018.  Entries are invited from textile artists within Australia. There is a new category: Textile Sculpture (the prize is worth $750). The exhibition of finalists will be held in May 2018 at the Maritime Museum in Hobart (this is a collaborative project between the Tasmanian Quilting Guild and the Maritime Museum).  For an entry form and terms and conditions email taqp@tasquiltguild.org.au or download from the website: www.tasquiltguild.org.au or phone 03.63763771. The Major Prize, sponsored by Bernina is $3,000. As well there is a People’s Choice award worth goods to the value of $500.

     LOLO GREENO Cultural Jewels is the eighth in The Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. She is an award winning talent in shell-working and the exhibition includes 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, TAS from 1st May until 31st July 2018. (TMAG has acquired the entire exhibition from The Australian Design Centre; it will find a permanent home in Hobart from July 2018).

    CIRCLE, the latest picture book (published by Walker Books) from award winning children’s author and artist, Jeannie Baker will be the subject of an exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart from 7 September – 26 November 2017. This beautifully illustrated story follows the migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) from Australia through Southeast Asia to its Alaskan breeding grounds and then back to Australia. As with each of Jeannie’s picture books, Circle is illustrated with the tactile, exquisitely detailed and textured collages she is famous for. The artworks themselves will be exhibited in this travelling exhibition.

     Art Quilt Australia 2017 is a juried exhibition with $6000 in prize money.  All selected entries became automatically eligible for consideration for the $3000 Award of Excellence (non-acquisitive). Entrants submitting complying wool quilts could also nominate their work for the $3000 Expressions: Wool Quilt Prize where the winning work is acquired by the National Wool Museum (Geelong Victoria) for its permanent collection. The exhibition of selected works will be held at the prestigious Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania from Friday 7 September to Sunday 22 October 2017 and will be documented in a comprehensive catalogue. All enquiries to AQA2017@ozquiltnetwork.org.au or see the website www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au

Registrations are now open for Addressing Art Quilts.  The Ozquilt Network conference program will run from 7-10 September 2017 in Launceston, Tasmania. All lovers of art and textiles are welcome to attend. You do not have to be an OZQN (Ozquilt Network) member to participate.

Addressing Art Quilts includes:

  • artists’ presentations by internationally recognised artists Clare Plug, Napier NZ; and Ruth de Vos, Perth, WA;
  • an exclusive Ruth de Vos design development workshopI Have a Thing with Plants: A Botanical Basis for Art Quilts at the Queen Victoria Museum (Inveresk);
  • the official launch of the extensively updated National Quilt Register by the National Wool Museum of Geelong;
  • mini presentations about your solo exhibition, your art quilt book, and designing your art studio;
  • the official opening of the Art Quilt Australia 2017 including announcement of the OZQN Award of Excellence  $3000 and Expressions Wool Quilt Prize $3000;
  • a gala dinner; and
  • Art Quilt Australia 2017 artists’ floor talk at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery (Royal Park) for delegates only.

Full details of the 3-day program are shown on the Ozquilt Network website  https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au/conference/

Alternatively, download: Addressing Art Quilts Information Pack (PDF Format).

Before, during and after the organised events, there are many self-guided enrichment activities available. It is an exciting time in the area as the Junction Arts Festival is running. Download: Enrichment Activities Information (PDF). Register by 31 August.