VIC – News & Events

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.

     Tokyo FRUiTS: 20 Years of Street Fashion features photographs that captured Harajuku’s experimental street fashion boom over twenty years. The free exhibition is now showing at Melbourne‘s La Trobe University until January 27, 2019 (Borchardt Library La Trobe University, Bundoora). Exhibition hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm; Sat: 11am-3pm; Sun: 11am-3pm. (Closed Public Holidays). Contact Ph: 9479 5414; E:  From colourful decora to neo-goths and cyber-punks, influential street fashion publication FRUiTS Magazine told stories from Harajuku, the creative centre of Tokyo fashion, for over twenty years. Tokyo FRUiTS maps the myriad of trends and multiple identities of Tokyo fashion, through a selection of photographs from the publication. Developed in 1997 in response to Harajuku’s bourgeoning experimental street fashion boom, FRUiTs magazine (led by photographer Shoichi Aoki) documented the colourful characters that defined the creative and fun identity of Tokyo’s youth culture. Twenty years on, the palette of street fashion has evolved to a simpler aesthetic, with a stronger Western influence, and the FRUiTs publication drew to a close. This exhibition traces the movement from Decora girl gangs, Lolita, and Urahara kei, through to the more recent trends of Neo Gyaru, Nu Goth, and the Simple Boom. This exhibition commenced with the Japan Foundation in Sydney.

DESIGNING WOMEN is at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) until 24th March: more than fifty significant art works that show the role of female designers.

Australian Quilts In Public Places 2019 is inviting entries on the theme “Metamorphosis” for an exhibition to be held 14th November- 19th December 2019 at The Whitehorse Art Space at Box Hill which is again hosting, and sponsoring, the event. The  2018 exhibition was the best attended exhibition they had ever staged…over 4,000. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis.” The theme has many varied definitions from zoology to magical, to a marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition etc., thus leaving it open for many different interpretations. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia (Major sponsor: Brother International). It is an initiative of the Australian Quilters Association Inc. Entries close 19 September 2019  …so get dreaming and planning.  For further Information:  Email: Entry Form:

KAREN TORRISI is offering the following workshop in Melbourne on February 2nd: Level 2 Tambour Beading. Participants must have completed the introductory course. Location: CSA, Craft Roon, 3 Lansell Road, Toorak. A kit is included as part of the fee. For BOOKINGS email:
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Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019: entries are due by 1st March 2019 for the Acquisitive Award. The exhibition runs from 1st June – 12th August 2019. The Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to present the Contemporary Textile Award, which is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry.

     ARARAT GALLERY TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) features Celebrating 50 Years of Collecting Fibre Art at Ararat Gallery. This is an exhibition celebrating the Gallery’s 50th anniversary by presenting a selection of the collection’s best loved works alongside some of its rarely seen gems. The TAMA collection is an extraordinary repository that tracks the development of textile and fibre based practice from the early 1970s through to today; a legacy elevating the TAMA collection to one of the most significant of its kind in Australia. The exhibition continues until 20th January 2019.

     HOME MADE GOOD | Christmas at The Johnston Collection: The Johnston Collection’s annual Summer Christmas exhibition runs to 5 February 2019, continuing the tradition of collaborations with contemporary makers. This year mostly Melbourne-based artists and collectives have been commissioned to ‘create new works based on old objects’ with both contemporary and customary responses offering an ‘inspired’ interpretation of the Collection. Artists and collectives include Hannah Gartside, Hotham Street Ladies, Anita Mertzlin, Les Morgan, Barbara Porter, Robyn Rich, Dear Songsuwan from KAMI,The Bond Family, The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. and Adrien Trevillian. The Johnson Museum is based in a Melbourne suburb. Bookings: Phone (03) 9416 2515.

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:

The group exhibition Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms at Shepparton Art Museum presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent. The exhibition continues until 17 February 2019. Some of those exhibiting include Paul Yore, Kate Just and Michelle Hamer.

     A PASSION FOR TAPESTRY – Small Tapestries from a Private Collection to  1 February 2019.  Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. Free admission. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm. A Passion for Tapestry is an exhibition at the Australian Tapestry Workshop of small tapestries from the collection of Tuppy Cole, long-term friend and supporter of the ATW. Throughout her long association with ATW, Tuppy has collected many wonderful tapestries. The exhibition features 18 small tapestries, woven since 2004, by current and former weavers at the ATW. The collection includes tapestries that interpret designs by significant Australian artists, as well as tapestries based on the weaver’s own designs. Many of the works are experimental and demonstrate the open possibilities of the tapestry form. Together, the exhibition presents a diverse snapshot of contemporary tapestry, and the imaginative styles of ATW weavers past and present.

WEAVING CLASSES at the Australian Tapestry Workshop: For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email

Wangaratta Handweavers & Spinners inc. will be hosting the 2019 International Scarf  Exchange. The 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 until 24 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.

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.

Enter the 2019 AQC Challenge which has the theme of MAGIC. The size of entered works is 90cm square and the deadline is Feb 5, 2019. Entries will be judged on design, interpretation of theme and workmanship. A selection of finalists’ works will tour Expertise Events craft events in Australian and New Zealand. Three cash prizes will be awarded: First prize of $3,500; Runner-Up at Z$1,500. Viewers’ Choice $500. Date of the convention: April 11-14, 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton.  Web:  The AQC is ‘Australia’s ultimate quilt event with workshops running across 4 days, a faculty of top quilt teachers and a unique curated quilt show.’

     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  to 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.