VIC – News & Events

     Details of the 18th GEELONG FIBRE FORUM for spring of 2018 have been posted:  DATES: 30 September – 6 October 2018. Classes on offer include: Control Dyeing Unleash Imagination  with Monoleena Banerjee. Inspired by Nature…Felt and Nuno-Felt Hats & Ruffle Scarves with Dawn Edwards. Painting with Felt with Olga Finkel. Creative Coiling for Colour and Form with Fiona Hammond. Metal 101 with Maris Herr & Margaret Mueller . New Directions for Surface Embellishment – Fiber, paper, Fabric, Jewelry, Basketry and more with Mary Hettmansperger. Sketching with Machine with Rosie James. Quilt Experiments: In Search of Your Creative Edge with Kay Kahn.  SALMAGUNDI-(an eclectic mix of process, materials, function and design) with Jan Kierzkowski. Adventuring into Artist Books – Structures and Surfaces with Peta Lloyd. Zero Waste Fashion with Holly McQuillan.   & Surface design for wearable art felted garments with Charity Musoma van der Meer.  Paper, Cloth, Stitch with Dale Rollerson. Sculptural Papermaking, East meets West with Gail Stiffe. Permission to Play with Lisa Walton. Full details are available from  The Geelong Fibre Forum will; again be held at the Geelong Grammar Campus, Corio. Both residential or non-residential options are available. Hurry to enrol.

     UNFURLED will be exhibited during the Geelong Fibre Forum (see information above) in the Sinclaire Gallery. Dates are 20 Sept – 5 Oct. Beautiful Art by the Papermakers of Victoria.

SHAZAM 50 magical years is an exhibition of Embroidery and Textile Art with a touch of Gold to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Geelong Branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Vic. The Challenge to individual members and guidance groups will also be on display.The theme for the  challenge is ” 1001 Arabian Nights.” Venue: Vines Road Community Centre, 37-61 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. Dates: 14th – 16th September 2018. Opening hours: Daily 10am – 4.30pm. Entry: $5.00. Light refreshments available, handmade gifts for sale, raffle prizes to be won. More information is available or 0407058548

KARYN FEARNSIDE’s installation SOULUTION will be part of BOAA ART 2018. The Biennale of Australian Art will be the largest ever showcase of living Australian artists. It commences in Ballarat on 21st September and continues until 6 November. The venue is St Andrews Hall, Ballarat. SOULUTION: The Kabbalists believe that meditating on each of the stations of the tree of life will enable you to travel between the physical and the virtual, this life and the next. For most of us this is impossible and our discoveries must wait until we pass from this earthly plane by dying. Using a simple process I have embedded faces into fabric. The results were then used to create a series of prints and free floating pieces which evoke a sense of piercing the veil. The work is illuminated with UV/black light resulting in an ethereal ghostly glow. Karyn Fearnside is an Australian mixed-media artist residing in Canberra.

KATE MONEY BOND is showing her selection of Tour D-France and Paris inspired works on canvas at Narkoojee Winery in Glengarry, Gippsland. She says: Find them at the Cellar Door of Val and Harry Friends Vineyard. Harry’s Dad was a dairy farmer and it’s been in the family since 1940’s. This is an ongoing exhibition.

     SENSE OF PLACE by QUATTRO – Barbara Bennetts, Bronwen Gibbs, Dawna Richardson-Hyde and Sharrron Shalekoff – Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura. Dates: Friday 7th September to Sunday 28th October, 2018. Open 10am – 5 pm daily. An original body of work exploring the history, geography and culture of the Murray Darling Region. The works will include textiles, works on paper and three-dimensional forms.

FIBRE FUSION – Functional and Sculptural Works by members of the Western Fibre Artists. Exhibition dates : Friday 16 – Sunday 25 November, 2018. Opening 6.30pm – 8.30 pm on Friday, November 16 at B-Mac Gallery, Shop 46/176 Main St, Bacchus Marsh. Gallery Hours : Wed – Sun 10am -3pm Entry : Free

WOODLAND WONDERS: The Biennial Exhibition, showcasing the work of members of the Castlemaine Branch of the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria. A wide range of textile art and embroidery styles, both traditional and contemporary. Many of the works are on sale from both the exhibition and the exhibition stall. A highlight of the exhibition will be a retrospective display of work by Margaret Cramond a founding member of the Castlemaine Branch.  DATES: 23 – 27 March 2019. Mount Alexander Golf Club, Wimble St, Castlemaine. Open 10am – 5pm Saturday to Tuesday; 10am – 3pm Wed. Entry: $5. Light refreshments available.

Andrew Delaney’s textile art installation Lincoln – Truth and Fabrications is open until 8 October, Friday- Monday 10am-4pm in the Ciderhouse Gallery at Tarndie, 37 Roseneath Road, Warncoort. Please check

     The Australian National Brooch Show 2018 exhibition is on show at Gallery 314, 314 Church Street, Richmond. Dates: 10 – 23 September – Gallery hours: 11am – 6pm, daily. The Australian National Brooch Show is a special project of The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.

GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 2019 has the dates of 16-21 March 2019 and will be held as usual in Halls Gap Victoria. The program was released in early July and enrolments are open. Email address:

Mary-Ellen Belleville is planning an exhibition of small sculptures from 9-26 October at Karingallery, 4 James Street, Geelong.  The working title for the show is D o L L y V A R D E N E S Q U E.  Over 30 female mannequins or ‘dolls’, each individually decorated with various found items and fabrics have been created and allude to the sea, the forest, the environment, our perceptions of ourselves. “Fanciful and humorous, Mary-Ellen has let her imagination roam with these unique sculptures and sees them as being perhaps a lucky talisman – or woman more correctly – much like the dolls we had in childhood – which we often imbued with special powers, or were entrusted as the keepers of our special secrets.” Mary-Ellen Belleville has dabbled with textiles since completing her Bachelor of Education (Art & Craft) in 1979, majoring in ceramics and textiles.  Around that time she exhibited in graduation student shows at the Meat Market, Melbourne and also exhibited at the Gryphon Gallery at Melbourne State College and at Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne. Food and hospitality then took over the creative juices and energies for some 20 years.  Now keen to dip back into the myriad aspects of textile arts, Mary-Ellen attends workshops, is inspired by and dabbles in all manner of textile arts, with a view to expanding her creativity and experimentation, whilst enjoying the plethora of textile arts and artisans in its many forms. Deakin University (Geelong) acquired her piece entered in the CrossXpollination (Colac Performing Arts Centre) exhibition in 2014 – Love, Loss and What I Wore.

      QUATTRO (Barbara  Bennetts, Bronwen Gibbs, Dawna Richardson-Hyde, Sharron Shalekoff) will exhibit at the Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura from Friday 7th September to Sunday 28th October, 2018 with ‘SENSE OF PLACE’ – an original body of work exploring the history, geography and culture of the Murray  Darling Region.The works will include textiles, works on paper and three-dimensional forms.  Open 10am – 5pm daily.

     The Embroiderers Guild Victoria will stage their next Members’ Exhibition (ART DECO NOW!) from October 6-20 at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Daily demonstrations. Entry: $7 members and students $10 non-members. Opening hours, 10am-4pm daily.  Website:

Louise Saxton’s creation The Linen Project will be on show at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn from 26 October – 18th December 2018. This is a very large exhibition/installation on which the artist will have been working for nearly three years by the time it appears. It is intended to celebrate the materiality of linen and its role in caring for home and community. It also celebrates Saxton’s work with domestic linens for over a decade.

     Papermakers of Victoria WORKSHOPS in 2018 (for details and registration: )

  “The Papermakers of Victoria run a broad program of paper focused workshops each year. Skilled tutors help you develop new skills during a day of information and fun. The September workshop from Papermakers of Victoria: “Papermaking for a Purpose” on 9 September , 10am-4pm.  Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Tutor: Barb Adams. Registrations close 30 August For further information and to book please refer to the website  This class is suitable for beginner or advanced papermakers. Materials fee $8. Handmade paper can vary greatly. For a handmade paper project to be a success it is helpful to know which paper you should make. This workshop will concentrate on making a variety of pulps which will be made into sample sheets. You will learn how to make paper suitable for book pages of different shapes and sizes or pages with pockets included when you form the wet pages. Recipes will be provided for pulp making suitable for cards, strong paper for paper casting, paper into which other items can be included or paper suitable to print photos or text onto. You will take home a book you have made, in which you can store your specific paper pulp recipes and samples of your handmade paper. Registrations close 30 August For further information and to book please refer to the website

And then in October the workshop from Papermakers of Victoria  is “Textured Paper and Decorative Finishes “ on Sundays  22 and 28 October, 10am-4pm.  Cost:$160 members $180 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe.  During the first session you will learn how to make textured paper and to join sheets together in the wet stage to make a textured scroll or accordion book that you will treat with a decorative finish of your choice during the second session. The finishes covered will be verdigris, graphite, antiquing, spray dyes and rusting. You will get the chance to make enough samples for each finish and will take home recipes for each technique. Materials fee $10 to be paid to tutor in class.  Registrations close 11 October For further information and to book please refer to the website

2018 WEAVING CLASSES at the Australian Tapestry Workshop: The popular beginner’s and intermediate weaving classes have been announced for 2018. These tend to fill up very quickly so secure your spot now!

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham;Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith; Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 November 2018 10am to 4pm
  INTERMEDIATE CLASSES: 3-day Intermediate Weaving with Cresside Collette – Weaving the Landscape
Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 & Friday 12 October 2017 10am to 4pm

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email

Wangaratta Handweavers & Spinners inc. will be hosting the 2019 International Scarf  Exchange. Registration date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018 through to Friday 30th November 2018. The subsequent exhibition of finished entries will be displayed during the Wangaratta Stitched Up Textile Festival 6th to 14th July 2019. Enquiries to :Caroline 03 57216327 or Maureen 03 57270582.

At Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) in Melbourne from October 2018 – March 2019 (Central Galleries): MIRKA MORA: Drawings and Dolls. A beloved and central figure in the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora has long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality. In celebration of Mirka’s 90th birthday, this exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she has kept them close for many decades. For Mirka these two art forms go hand-in-hand: ‘My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions’. The myriad works on display offer a glimpse into Mirka’s enchanting private universe, where hybrid characters derived from fairy tales, folk art, surrealism and the artist’s vivid daydreams intermingle. Together they create a compelling portrait of Mirka’s innermost self.  The gallery is open Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

     OPEN HOUSE 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. The ARTISTS for the 3rd Tamworth Triennial are Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts, Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok and Meredith Woolnough. Exhibition curator, Glenn Barkley; read his catalogue essay here:  The only venue in Victoria for this touring show is Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC: 6 December 2019 – 26 January 2020.

The Art of Annemieke Mein” – a permanent exhibition rotating every four months. GIPPSLAND ART GALLERY, SALE.  Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat – Sun 12pm – 4pm. The location is 70 Foster St., Sale, Victoria,  3850 Australia. Phone: (03) 51423500. Email: Web:

     The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria have a feast of Classes and Workshops planned in the coming months. Head to the website for online bookings or call the guild on (03) 9387 9222. Tutors include Amanda Ho and Ilka White among others – vast range of subject matter.