VIC – News & Events

MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK is 19-25 March 2019. During this time, The Language of Colour: A Textile Journey presented by Yunuen Perez and Dr Antonio Gonzalez will be on show at Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery located at 45 Flinders Lane. Free entry. The launch is Tuesday 20th March at 5pm. This exhibition of hand-woven tapestries explores traditional textiles as the inspiration to create new performative and cultural connections with the medium. Featuring a selection of new works by artist Yunuen Perez, curated by Antonio Gonzalez, the textiles reveal the hardship of the art form and the artist’s cultural and emotional engagement with the craft. This exhibition explores the influence that traditional textiles have on contemporary practice, in particular, how textiles can be as a cross-generational carrier of meanings and narratives that contribute to one’s understanding of societies and cultures.

     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.

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.

Weaver Michele Fountain of Metafour Studio  announces a Studio Closing Sale on Saturday 13th April, 10am-4pm at 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey. I have a weaving & textile art studio that’s closing due to end of lease; here are the details: Looms, yarn, books, craft items, etc. More info including items list at 0421126842  or

 KAREN TORRISI is offering the following workshop in Melbourne on March 17th: Sequin Flowers: Couture Hand Bead Embroidery Group Class. Skill Level: Beginners & Enthusiasts. This is a hand bead embroidery class. (using a needle). Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: CWA, Craft Room, 3 Lansell Road, Toorak, Victoria, 3142. Class Fee: $200 + Kit fee: $100 = $300. Max Class size: 20. BOOKINGS:  To find out more about additional workshops being offere in Melbourne by Karen Torrisi – email her direct.

     ‘Connections’ is the theme for the 2019 instalment of fibre and textile art exhibition CrossXpollinatioN. Entries are now open for next year’s exhibition, which offers a $2000 ‘Connections’ Art Prize courtesy of COPACC and the Colac Otway Shire Council. Download your entry form here!(DOCX, 350KB) Also on offer is a $1500 Tarndie Fibre Art Award sponsored by Tarndwarncoort, an historic sheep farming property near Birregurra.  Finally, a $500 People’s Choice Award will be awarded at the end of the exhibition, taking the total prize pool to $4000. CrossXpollinatioN 2019 is taking place at COPACC this June 28 to July 17, 2019. The exhibition will be open daily in COPACC’s Civic Hall from 10am to 4pm daily. This year’s event offers an exciting group of feature artists, workshops, artist talks and participatory art experiences. See website

VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARDS: This is the largest biennial exhibition of Victorian craft artists, showcasing excellence and innovation across all mediums. Established in 2015, the Awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and skill in contemporary craft practice. All emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria are invited to apply. We welcome applications of individual works and installations utilising craft skills, processes and materials. Up to 100 artists will be selected for an exhibition of finalists held at Craft and additional venues in the CBDApplications opened in March 2019. The exhibition runs from 19 Oct – 30 November 2019 at ‘CRAFT’ and venues around the city.

     CRAFT (Victoria) Gallery presents Fresh! 2019 – Graduate showcase. 23 March – 4 May 2019. Opening event: Thursday 28 March, 6-8pm. Fresh! celebrates the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft, design and fine art. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft, design and fine art disciplines throughout the state practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. The Finalists:Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

At CRAFT (Victoria) in the Vitrine Gallery to 6th April: I do not belong – work by Christina Darras.
Incorporating weaving and painting techniques, I do not belong considers arriving in a new place – whether a country, age or situation – and how such changes impact identity and a sense of place and belonging.

The next Ballarat Apron Festival will be held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of May at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Dawson Street South, Ballarat. Established in 2013 and is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers who know how to put on an apron and get the job done. Its uniqueness has attracted international interest. The Ballarat Apron Festival will showcase both competition and collection aprons of vintage and modern design while giving visitors an opportunity to get involved in workshops, browse the curated maker’s market, enjoy light refreshments and soak up the family-friendly festival atmosphere. Themes include Yarn Apron; Activist Apron; Sustainable Apron; Vintage/Heritage Apron; Travel Apron; Wearable Art Apron; Trade Apron. For those interesting in entering, that is possible from the end of March until May 10th. Download entry form here:

Ararat Gallery TAMA is excited to announce textile artist Sera Waters’ GOING ROUND IN SQUARES will open on March 9 and be on show until June 30. As part of this exhibition, Sera will also present a blackwork embroidery workshop on March 10th, 10:30am-1:30pm. This workshop is limited to 12 people – phone the Gallery on 5355 0220 to book. Cost – $60/$55 TAMA members. The official exhibition opening will be at 2pm on Saturday March 9 – all welcome. The artworks of Going Round in Squares explore ideas around the grids and boundary lines which have governed life in Australia since colonisation. Roads, fence lines, walls, furniture and even social boundaries, reinforce ways of being that Sera has come to call a “geometric discipline”. Textile practice especially, performed atop the gridded warp and weft of fabric, is a form of discipline that has historically shaped women’s lives, their education and opportunities. As women have traditionally been the makers of homes, Sera’s artworks re-work textile traditions to explore the disciplining roles of neatness, order, pattern, binding and containment, all ideas associated with the domestic.

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:

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 includes an 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.

LOUISE SAXTON: The Linen Project is at Wangaratta Art Gallery until 31st March. This is a major exhibition/installation on which the artist worked for three years. It pays homage to past lives and past labours, featuring unique textile assemblages made from discarded and disinherited domestic linens, collected over several decades. It celebrates the materiality of linen and its role in caring for home and community.

The Gallery 2 exhibition program at Wangaratta Art Gallery will be launched for the year with Green Asylum by established contemporary textile artist, Charlotte Haywood. This immersive work and large scale tapestry weaving installation needs to be experienced to be believed. The exhibition continues to 31st March. In Green Asylum Haywood explores multi-modalities of landscape, culture and language and their meaning within Australia now. Materiality and tactility are key in these large scale tapestry weavings which embody cultural practices, rites, and rituals that are symbolic of various forms of living. Charlotte Haywood lives regionally in Northern NSW on Bundjalung Country. She is an experimental interdisciplinary artist who explores themes and practices from pop to the primordial. Haywood creates works that thread disparate narratives of time, culture and place through the use of materiality and motif. Meet & Greet the Artist Thursday 14 March from 6-7:30pm meet Charlotte Haywood, the artist behind the installation Green Asylum for a relaxed social event. Artist Talk Friday 15 March from 10:30am-12noon. Artist Charlotte Haywood will deliver an informative and in depth Artists talk into her work and practice and the inspiration for Green Asylum. All welcome.

     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.

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:  Dates in future years for Grampians Texture: in 2020 it’s 14-19 March; in 2021 it’s 13-18 March; in 2022 it’s 19-24 March and in 2023 it’s 18-23 March.

Special exhibitions being held during Grampians Texture (see above): STITCHED OUT: artist Glen Mast Stitched and painted textile work on paper and fabric. Kookaburra Hotel: 125—127 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap. Open daily except Monday. 16 March – 30 April. EARTHLINES: Artist – Strata Art Collective MOCO Gallery: 475-481 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap. Open daily 10–5. & Fri/Sat evening. Monday 5 March – to Saturday 21 April 21, 2018  Fire, Water, Earth, Air. Five local Artists come together with their own interpretation of the Grampians, using the four elements that have shaped our surrounding environment. Come see contemporary works using the mediums of glass, metal, encaustic wax, paintings and fabric.

     AIR18 EXHIBITION. Artists in Residence 2018 – The Australian Tapestry Workshop. In 2018,13 Australian and international artists spent time immersed in the unique studio environment of the ATW as part of the annual Artist in Residence program. Open to artists working in any medium, and at any stage of their career, this residency program encourages rich cultural exchange between contemporary artists and ATW weavers. From ceramics, sculptures, video, textiles, drawings and more, this exhibition celebrates a diversity of artistic disciplines and approaches. Featuring works by: Alterfact (Ben Landau and Lucile Sciallano), Chloe Bensahel, Carolyn Cardinet, Rute Chaves, Martina Copley, Sai-Wai Foo, Anne Graham, Bronwyn Hack, Melanie Irwin, Simone Kennedy, Britt Salt and Siying Zhou. The exhibition continues until 9th May 2019. Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne.

FRIENDS OF THE ATW LECTURE: From Foundation Weaver to Now: Cresside Collette and Sara Lindsay in Conversation. Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne. Tuesday 5 March 2019, 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00pm. Tickets: Friends of the ATW $10 | General Admission $15. Tickets are limited. To book your tickets please click the link below or call us on 03 9699 7885. Cresside and Sara were both foundation weavers at the ATW in 1976. For this talk, Cresside and Sara will speak of their individual experiences working at the ATW from 1976 to the present day, and some of the major projects they were part of as production weavers. Their talks will also give an insight into their artistic practices beyond the ATW, and some of their most recent projects and exhibitions. These talks will be followed by an open discussion between Cresside and Sara as they reflect on their individual tapestry journeys to date.

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

The PAPERMAKERS of VICTORIA’s (POV) next group exhibition will take place from 21 Oct – 3 November at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre.  POV holds numerous workshops during the year: Workshops | Papermakers of Victoria.  Coming up on 30th March you can do the ECO DYE workshops with Anne Thoday Date & Time: 30 Mar 2019 & 31 Mar 2019 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM. Cost: $160.00 for members, $200.00 for non-members. The April 2019 workshop is “Recycled Paper – Castlemaine “ on Sunday 28 April 2019  10am-4pm.  Cost:$80members $100 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe The May 2019 workshop is “Ideas and Images “ on Saturday 4 May 2019 and Sunday 5 May 2019 , 10am-4pm.  Cost:$160 members $200 non-members Tutor: Glen Skien silentparrotpress Then the June 2019 workshop is “Kozo East and West “ on  Sunday 16 June 2019  10am-4pm.  Cost: $80members $120 non-members Tutor: Gail Stiffe  Full details on all workshops from

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.

The Embroiderers Guild Victoria announces its Annual Exhibition, being held from 5-20 October at the guild’s headquarters, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. The theme is ‘THE ARTISTIC NEEDLE’ and also to be featured is the  “Altered Art” Challenge. Paola di Trocchio, Curator, Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria, has accepted the guild’s invitation to open this annual statewide members’ exhibition, and to be the Guest Speaker at the Opening on Friday 4 October. Since 2003, Paola has curated and co-curated twenty exhibitions for the National Gallery of Victoria, including The Krystyna Campbell Pretty Fashion Gift on at the NGV from 1 March – 14 July 2019. This year’s judge for the ‘Altered Art’ competition will be Robyn Steel-Stickland, proprietor of The Open Drawer.

Enjoy the 2019 AQC Challenge which has the theme of MAGIC. 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 , 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.