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.

Springdale Felters’ first ever Feltabulous Wool In Winter Exhibition is on the Queens Birthday Weekend at the Springdale Neighbourhood Centre Hall 17-21 High Street, Drysdale VIC  10 am to 4pm Saturday (9th June) & Sunday (10th June).  Springdale Felters have come together to showcase their Textile & Mixed media creations.  There will be felting demonstrations though out the exhibition along with sales and two beginner workshops.  For more information email

Ruth Hadlow’s next Masterclass in Melbourne takes place from August 13-16, Making in the Moment,  creative strategies for contemporary arts practice. The venue is Clifton Hall, Richmond and you can find out more from  This intensive and innovative masterclass will focus on the development of ideas through plural modes of research, including reading, writing, material investigations, and critical analysis of artworks and methods of practice. Readings, writing and discussion are a central part of the masterclass, as is the process-oriented focus. This is a cross-disciplinary program, suitable for practitioners in any art form, beginners and continuing students.

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

MELBOURNE RARE BOOK WEEK: FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS 29 June – 8 JulyThis year sees the seventh Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) and the 46th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, presented by the Australian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and Rare Books Melbourne (RBM). This year’s program is presented by both regular and new MRBW partners. It includes a wide variety of interesting topics on book-related themes, and entry to all events is free of charge. There is something for all interests and taste. So, once again we welcome bibliophiles, established collectors and those new to book collecting.. Rare Book Fair; Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July.

Sea HER Land, an exhibition curated by Lisa Waup, will be held from June 23 – August 21 at Benalla Art Gallery – the gallery is partnering with Baluk Arts and Craft Victoria to present the work of Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw & Lisa Waup. An opening event is planned for July 14th with a Public Program on July 15th. Benalla Art Gallery is located at Benalla Gardens, Bridge St, Benalla VIC 3672. Inspired by this year’s 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, this exhibition Sea HER Land showcases a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed and feathers honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land. It is HER story, which has been cradled in the form of a vessel, to encapsulate the essence of protection and strength. Sea Her Land emanates strong cultural ties to individual stories and complexed interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression. This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity and place that links generations together.

     BUDA Historic House is hosting a CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES EXHIBITION – this is their 6th Biennial Exhibition and Awards, to take place from Sunday 28th July – Saturday 11th August 2018. There are 2 categories: Contemporary & Emerging.

The inaugural Soul Craft Festival will be held in North Melbourne Meat Market from 9 – 10 June 2018. For further details about the festival and tickets go to

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.

The SCARF FESTIVAL 2018 is again a project of NWM – The National Wool Museum located in Geelong Victoria. This year’s theme is Living on the Land and scarves will be exhibited, awarded and sold at the NWM from 8 June – 26 August. To find out more go to:

      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.

     Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 2018 at the Bendigo Showgrounds, Holmes Rd Bendigo.

     At Bendigo Art Gallery until 11th June: Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018. Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the 1960s and 70s with its bold screen prints and pop-art style of graphics… With more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials, the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this local textile practice and created its internationally redognisable designs. Bendigo Art Gallery is located at 42 View Street, Bendigo.

     Paul Yore is currently showing at Bendigo Art Gallery as part of the group exhibition New Histories. Working collaboratively with Devon Ackerman under the artist name FAMILY FIRST, Yore has reimagined historic works from the Bendigo collection through a contemporary lens. The exhibition continues until July 29.

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. ” Plant Fibre Papermaking” on 15 July , 10am-4pm.  Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Tutor: Gail Stiffe. Learn how to turn common garden plants and weeds into paper.  Learn techniques for harvesting, preparation, cooking, beating and sheet forming. Paper can be made from cumbungi, NZ Flax, grasses, red hot poker and many barks. The morning will be spent preparing fibre and the afternoon making many sheets of paper from different fibres. The paper is suitable for collage, cards and some for writing on. Suitable for beginners and those who have done some papermaking.  Materials fee of $10 per person. . For further information and to book please refer to the website

The August workshop from Papermakers of Victoria: “Beginners Papermaking” on 19 August , 10am-4pm.  Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Tutor: Barb Adams. Registrations close 9 August For further information and to book please refer to the website

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

And then in October the workshop from Papermakers of Victoria  is “Textured Paper and Decorative Finishes “ on 21 and 28 October, 10am-4pm.  Cost: $160 members $180 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe.  Registrations close 11 October For further information and to book please refer to the website

     TAPESTRY x ARCHITECTURE Exhibition runs until 28th July at the ATW (Australian Tapestry Workshop). Viewing hours: Tues-Friday, 10am-5pm.  Free to attent, no bookings required. An exhibition of experimental tapestry samples which interpret previous Tapestry Design Prize for Architects prize winning designs by John Wardle Architects (TDPA 2015) and Justin Hill (TDPA 2016). ‘Tapestry x Architecture’ offers viewers a glimpse into the process of handmade tapestry production and highlights the innovative collaboration between the ATW weavers and living architects.

    The ATW Open House Melbourne takes place on Saturday 28th July from 10am-4pm. Entry is free.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the ATW, including the galleries, studio floor and viewing balcony with a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory. Other highlights of the day include: Guided tours of the building; Drop-in kids weaving activities; Community loom project; AIR market where previous ATW Artists in Residence will be showcasing hand made artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

 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 Cresside Collette; Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith; Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018 10am to 4pm

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

     The Australian Tapestry Workshop 2018 Artist in Residence Sai Wai Foo will be showing at Town Hall Gallery in Melbourne from 7 July – 26 August 2018 in the group exhibition Unknown, Untitled. This exhibition brings together four contemporary artists to create new works in response to the Town Hall Gallery Collection.

The Australian Tapestry Workshop 2016 Artist in Residence Ramona Barry (of HANDMADELIFE) is currently leading the Craft Lab+ at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre until 29 July. Craft Lab+ is free to attend and welcomes participants working in knitting, macramé, quilting, embroidery, tapestry, patchwork, felting or any other textile based craft. All works created will be part of the exhibition to be shown in the galleries from 21 June to 29 July.

     The Australian Tapestry Workshop’s Amelia Dowling will be exhibiting at Brunswick Street Gallery from 13 – 26 June 2018 with a solo exhibition titled Soft Tissue. The exhibition features embroidery, collage and text to explore ideas of vulnerability, materiality, memory and personal narrative. The exhibition opens on Friday 15 June from 6-pm.

     The Petite Miniature Textiles exhibition at Wangaratta Art will run at the gallery from 2 June – 29 July 2018.  WAG is located at 56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta  VIC 3677. T: 03 5722 0865 | Email: gallery @

     COPACC together with RRRTAG are very excited to announce the CrossXpollinatioN 2018 Art Awards Textile and Fibre Art Exhibition: JOURNEYS. Two venues are showcasing excellence in textile and fibre practice: COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre) will focus on 3D Textile/Fibre Artwork exploring the theme ‘Journeys’. Awards: Journeys Award, Tarndie Fibre Art Award and People’s Choice Award – & RRRTAG (Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery) will focus on 2D and 3D artworks using or referencing textiles/fibre to explore the theme ‘Journeys.’ Awards: Scissor Award and People’s Choice Award. The event/exhibitions take place from 7-29 July 2018. For more information: or

Marie-Therese Wisniowski has been invited to be a ‘Feature Artist’ at the ‘2018 CrossXpollinatioN’ exhibition which is themed ‘Journey’s’. Her ArtCloth Installation ‘Timelines: An Environmental Journey’ will be exhibited at the Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC), Colac, Victoria from the 7th – 29th July 2018. The installation will feature works employing her signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) technique on synthetic fibres. She will also be presenting an Artist Talk at COPACC on the 8th July at 2.00 pm.

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.

     AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) is showing REFLECTION. The accepted quilts are on show to 21 December 2017 at Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill, Melbourne. More information from

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. It is also possible to undertake a Certificate of 8 Shaft Weaving with Ilka White (12 x Monthly classes – 9.30am – 4.30pm; Sunday 5th August 2018 through to August 2019). Basically a Sunday class every 4 weeks excluding school holidays.

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE  is a major national touring exhibition. As the project title suggests Soft Core seeks to creatively explore notions of ‘softness’ in contemporary art. Curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate Michael Do and drawing together 13 international and Australian artists, the participants each reveal different approaches to ideas and experiences of softness. The results range from large-scale inflatables that spectators are encouraged to interact with, to smooth, small, flesh-like objects. The artists participating in Soft Core include Tully Arnot, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates, and Paul Yore – each variously utilises air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay, and plastics bags as examples of materials co-opted for their versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in the show are activated through electricity and inflation while others simply inhabit their softness. The exhibition is supported by an extensive catalogue with contributions from writers, curators and directors. Soft Core is at Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC until 22 July 2018