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     The GEELONG FIBRE FORUM 2020  – 27 September – 3 October. Enrolments for The 21st Geelong FORUM opened on October 6th. ENROL NOW if you haven’t already. This website makes it very clear what to do:  You do not have to be a member of TAFTA to apply to attend the FORUM which continues to be managed by Larissa Murdock and Broni Packwood (Double Stitched).  Everyone is welcome to apply and places in workshops are allocated as applications are received. Both Residential and Non-Residential options are offered (you can live in, or not, as you wish). Again, this website makes it very clear what to do:

     HELEN FRASER and The Jefferson Grid. Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery – Sunbury, 44 Macedon Street. Monday Feb 17th – Sunday Mar 29th, 2020. Opening Event: Wed 19th Feb 2020, 6 – 8pm.  Speeches at 6.30pm by Mick Breen, Director of Water Life Sunbury and Kelly Jones, Director of Carbon8. Quilting Workshop Saturday 29th Feb 10-12pm. (To book contact the gallery on 0411 770 830 or book at Artist Talk Thursday 5th Mar 6-7.30pm.  I am thrilled and honoured to be selected for a two month solo exhibition at the new Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery in Sunbury, Victoria. This exhibition has been inspired by my reaction to seeing the crop circles from the plane window between Colorado and Louisiana on a recent trip to the USA. The exhibition will include quilts, embroideries and drawings and all work will be for sale.

     We The Makers is a major new biennial Design Festival from the National Wool Museum in Geelong. You can exhibit (and sell) items of headwear, neckwear (scarves), bodywear and footwear at the Festival. Entry is free. Theme: ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’. Entries open 1 Feb 2020 and close April 2020. Exhibition runs: 14 May to 14 October 2020.

     OZQN  – Oz Quilt Network Inc’s Art Quilt Australia 2019 travels to Yarra Ranges Regional Museum where it will be on show from 8 February to 16 May 2020. Enjoy the Museum’s  special exhibitions, permanent collection, a relaxing café, museum shop and programs for all ages. Regular Hours: 10am – 4pm daily. Closed public holidays. Selections for Art QuIlt Australia 2019 were made by quilt artist Leonie Andrews, visual artist Julie Bradley and Padriac Fisher, Director National Wool Museum (Victoria). 37 works were selected from 74 entries from new and established textile artists. Consult the OzQuilt website

     An exciting national event – the inaugural ATAA exhibition of creative textile art from the best contemporary textile artists across Australia. Official exhibition opening and award winner announcement: Friday 20th March 2020, 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Limited tickets available from The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria at $15 each. No ticket sales on the night. Exhibition at The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria 21st March to 5th April 2020, 10am – 4pm daily, $5 entry Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern 3144 (Tram No. 5 from Swanston Street, Melbourne to Stop No. 46 or 5 min walk from Malvern Train Station) Ph: 03 9509 2222 Facebook page @AustralianTextileArtAward

     Deadline of 21 May to enter CrossXpollination, a project of COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, now in its eighth year. The resulting exhibition will be held from 26 June – 15 July, open 10am-4pm daily.  This has always aimed to be an exhibition that supports growth in fibre and textile art by encouraging artists to inspire each other by ‘crossXpollinating’ The entry form is now available for CrossXpollinatioN 2020 through the website

      Solo Exhibition from HELEN FRASER: The Jefferson Grid: 17th Feb – 29th Mar 2020. The venue is the new Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery, Sunbury. Includes Drawings, Quilts and Embroideries exploring my response to seeing the quilt-like landscape in Mid-Western USA from an airplane window.  There will be an Opening event, Artists Talk and Public Workshop program included.  Further details from website

     ANDREA MCCALLUM’s next solo exhibition, Transparency, Reflection, Illumination will be held at Latrobe Regional Gallery from 21 Nov 2020 to January 17, 2021. Latrobe Regional Gallery is located at 138 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840. Ph. 0351285700.

     Deadline of 13 March to apply to enter the next Petite Miniature Textiles Exhibition 2020 being held at the Wangaratta Art Gallery from 30 May – 26 July 2020. Petite Miniature Textiles marks the tenth anniversary of this very popular, accessible exhibition and program. Showcasing the best small textile artworks from around the nation, Petite has become a highlight of Wangaratta’s program and focus for contemporary textile art practitioners. This exhibition continues to grow in popularity with artists from around the country participating and displaying contemporary textiles of a small scale. Applications for Petite Miniature Textiles 2020 are now open. All applications MUST be submitted online.

     Collecting Comme at the NGV, on from now until 26 July 2020. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is one of the most visionary and influential fashion designers working today. Since the late 1970s, her intent has always been ‘to make clothes that didn’t exist before’ and she has consistently defied convention to redefine fashion. Season after season, Kawakubo’s designs have ‘deconstructed’ garment shape and function, reframed ideas of beauty, and proposed a new relationship between body and dress. Collecting Comme examines the radical concepts and design methods that have informed Kawakubo’s practice since 1981, the year she first presented in Paris. Featuring more than fifty examples drawn from the NGV’s significant Comme des Garçons holdings, generously gifted to the Gallery by Takamasa Takahashi, and supported by additional loans from his archive, the exhibition highlights key collections and recurrent themes in Kawakubo’s work. The designs of two of her protégés, Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara also feature. A self-described ‘Comme tragic’, Takahashi’s profound appreciation of Kawakubo’s work permeates this exhibition, which considers the originality of Comme des Garçons’ contribution to contemporary fashion. Fashion & Textiles Free entry, NGV International, Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design. Open 10am–5pm daily.

     Lucy McRae Body Architect at the NGV. How will technology transform the body? Lucy McRae – body architect, designer and science-fiction artist – contemplates this question through film and images in her exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The first survey exhibition of McRae’s provocative and beguiling work, Lucy McRae: Body Architect traverses the Australian artist-designer’s numerous concerns – from art to commerce, science to popular culture – by showcasing her collaborations with brands, scientists and pop musicians alongside her creative research practice over the past thirteen years. Featured in the exhibition are McRae’s grotesquely beautiful colour digital images created with Dutch textile artist Bart Hess between 2007 and 2009. McRae and Hess use low-tech materials – including balloons, pantyhose, safety pins, grass and bath foam – to initiate high-tech conversations on the body. By speculating on fictional technology, McRae and Hess propose a future human body capable of physiological transformations, including colour-excreting skin and needle-like pores. Seven of McRae’s colour digital videos, produced between 2009 and 2016, appear in the exhibition. Combining storytelling with speculative science, they delve into the evolving relationship between the human body and technology. Future day spa, 2016, sets the scene for a hypothetical therapy designed to prepare human subjects for a journey beyond current human experience. Bodies are embraced and compressed within a chamber; biology is adjusted and released, ready for space travel. Institute of Isolation, 2016, is an observational documentary that contemplates whether isolation, or extreme experience, might be used to build human resilience in the context of space travel and off-planetary existence. McRae ponders: what happens to people when they are travelling for decades in a very, very small space? What will the body and mind need to endure and how will people prepare? The exhibition is on from now until February 8, 2020.

NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA – Tammy Kanat: Circles Of Life until Mar 2020. Tammy Kanat is a Melbourne-based artist whose recent work has focused on tapestries woven around an oval-shaped copper frame. Presenting an innovative transition from traditional warp-and-weft weaving – where vertical threads (the warp) are held in a loom, while other threads (the weft) are woven sideways through them – Kanat’s technique utilises a circular form, often associated with unity, inclusion, wholeness and infinity. Circles of Life is a group of four works commissioned by the NGV that represent Kanat’s key thematic concerns. Throughout her career, Kanat has explored the representation of natural forms in tapestry – the concentric circles in these four works recall cut agate, living coral and aerial landscape scenes. Her work is also informed by an interest in colour theory, rare Japanese colour dictionaries, and the work of Bauhaus textile artist Gunta Stolzl and modernist artists such as Sonia Delaunay. Kanat collaborated with MECCA Brands for its 2019 Holiday collection, inspired by a shared love of art, textile, design and colour. Now in its fourth year, this partnership sees MECCA Brands founder and managing director, Jo Horgan, support the NGV to acquire works by Australian female contemporary artists for the NGV Collection. The NGV thanks Jo Horgan and MECCA Brands for making these works possible.

NGV International – Japanese Design: Neolithic To Now until Sep 2020. Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Japan has been admired globally for unique artistic traditions and sophisticated visual design. These distinctive qualities can be attributed to Japan’s isolated island status and associations with nature worship, known as ‘Shinto’, from ancient times. Shinto – literally ‘Way of the Gods’ – is a form of animism where gods pervade all aspects of life and natural phenomena, including the wind, sun, moon, water, mountains and trees. Shinto underlies the deep appreciation of beauty in nature and the changing of seasons at the heart of Japanese customs and lifestyle. This exhibition, drawn from the NGV Collection, brings together works that express a human desire to create with a close spiritual affiliation with nature. Spanning over four thousand years, from Neolithic times to the twenty-first century, it celebrates the wabi-sabi aesthetic of rustic earthenware ceramics, and encompasses Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, minimalist medieval furniture, the appreciation of seasonal flowers, the refined motifs of porcelain ware, bamboo weaving to create contemporary sculptural forms, and the work of some of Japan’s leading contemporary fashion and graphic designers.

     A BOY’S OWN STORY | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2019|20: now until 4 Feb 2020. ‘Our Summer | Christmas exhibition will continue our collaborations with makers –  inviting, supporting and encouraging them to create ‘new works based on old objects.’ This year, The Johnston Collection has invited Melbourne and state-based artists and collectives to create and contribute to our annual Summer exhibition. The exhibition will feature work by Douglas McManus; Chris O’Brien; Troy Emery; Noel Button; Lucas Grogan; Kevin Smith; Tristan Brumby-Rendell; Kevin Smith; Luke Hockley; John Scollay; Steve Campbell-Wright; Stephen Gallagher; David Pearce; Terry Williams; Trevor Smith; along with David Collyer, his father A. Keith Collyer (1917-1983) and grandfather Archibald Collyer (1883-1939). The Johnston Collection will be encouraging challenges to traditional making, thinking and practice through contemporary responses to the Collection, along with more traditional responses that reflect historical techniques, materials and making. This exhibition offers an ‘inspired’ interpretation of the Collection. CONTACT Details: PO Box 79, East Melbourne VIC 8002. +61 3 9416 2515.

     TROY EMERY: AFTER THE GOLD RUSH. Troy Emery is a Melbourne-based artist who uses sculpture, painting, drawing, and embroidery to explore the ways animals can be viewed as decorative objects. In this immersive installation, he addresses the gold-rush history of Ballarat, making reference to the cultural value of an art gallery and its contents and the value and rarity of native wildlife. Emery’s animal sculptures are created using pompoms, tassels, tinsel, and yarn, which intentionally confusing traditional sculpture with craft. These dream-like monsters derive from an obsession with childhood stuffed toys and a fascination for objects in museum collections. His paintings fuse drawing and sculpture to explore the decorative qualities of animals while also depicting traditional subject matter: animals, landscapes and Australiana. Emery’s works are presented alongside works showing the 1850s Ballarat gold rush and decorative arts from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s collection. The exhibition is on now until February 9, 2020. Gallery  hours: 10am-5pm daily.

    At the Johnston Collection, Melbourne: FABRICATING THE WORLD / Study Series (curated by Susan Scollay). This series of lectures will outline the importance of textiles in the ancient world as well as key stages in their development over tim in Europe, Asia, Africa, North American and Australiasia. Consideration is given to the evolution of various weaving and decorative techniques which underpin the discussion of the appearance of cloth and clothing, and also the social and economic impact of textiles as well as their role in international trade and artistic exchange. The main lecturer is Dr Susan Scollay, an art historian with special expertise and experience in a wide range of historic textiles. Additional guest speakers will round out the series of fully illustrated lectures with a continuing sequence in 2020.  The Johnston Collection is a multi award-winning and critically acclaimed museum that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to re-interpret the Collection through a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection.

     On at Ararat Gallery TAMA from now until 1 March 2020: Paul Yore | Let The World Burn. ‘Let The World Burn’ features an uncomfortable intermingling of images, words, ideologies and materials achieved through painstaking hand embroidery techniques. Yore uses these to question the cultural codes that govern one’s body and behaviour; and examine the role of art within society”. Let The World Burn, takes What a Horrid Fucking Mess (2016) as its central piece. Acquired by Ararat Gallery TAMA in 2016, What a Horrid Fucking Mess is a large-scale, hand sewn, mixed media textile work that incorporates applique, embroidery and painting alongside collaged found material: Australiana sourced from kitsch tea-towels, graphics from T-shirts and many other disparate elements. These tactile materials are immediate and familiar; as too is the imagery used to capture Yore’s interpretation of the atmosphere today. Free entry. The gallery is open from 10am-4pm daily.

     COLLECTED, SAVED AND COMBINED: from now until 7 June 2020. Collected, Saved and Combined brings together pieces from Ararat Gallery TAMA’s Permanent Collection. Spanning the 1980’s through to today, each piece utilises repurposed everyday items to explore contemporary Australian life. This includes artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sarah Crowest, Lois Densham, Richard Goodwin, Paull Mckee, Raquel Ormella and John Parkes.

     GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 2020 has the dates of 14-19 March and will be held as usual in Halls Gap Victoria. The program has been released and enrolments are open. 19 Australian and International tutors with 2, 4 and 6 day workshops on offer. Phone 0428825971. Email address:  Web: Email address: Dates in future years for Grampians Texture: in 2021 it’s 13-18 March; in 2022 it’s 19-24 March and in 2023 it’s 18-23 March.

     The Embroiderers Guild Victoria announces its Annual Exhibition, being held from 3-18 October, 2020 at the Guild’s headquarters, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. The theme is Stitch Brilliance and there will also be a ‘Hidden Gems’ Challenge. Annual Exhibition 2020.

Currently at the ATW (Australian Tapestry Workshop): ‘MILLEFLEUR’ from now until 13 March 2020. Inspired by the new Janet Laurence commission ‘Plant Song’, the exhibition ‘Millefleur’ explores the ATW’s rich history of interpreting the natural world through tapestry. Taking its name from the medieval tapestry style meaning ‘a thousand flowers’, this exhibition explores botanical imagery in contemporary tapestry whilst paying homage to the 15th century French Gobelin technique our weavers still use today. ‘Millefleur’ showcases tapestries from the 1980’s to the present day, translated from photographs, paintings and botanical illustrations. These designs explore the complex and remarkable relationship humans have with plants, and highlight their importance in this era of the Anthropocene. This exhibition features samples from major commissions as well as small tapestries and samples from the ATW archive that have never been exhibited before. Designing artists include Janet Laurence, Angela Brennan, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Christine Johnson and John Olsen. The centrepiece of the exhibition is large tapestry designed by Lesley Dumbrell, ‘Grevillea’, with a design taken from a pastel drawing of the native Australian plant. ‘Millefleur’ explores diverse responses to botanical imagery through tapestry. 

    The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) & Short Black Opera present the Australian launch of Woven Song. Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham AO presents contemporary chamber music inspired by nine tapestries from the Embassy Tapestry Collection. These tapestries have been designed by Indigenous artists and woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Now, among the ATW looms, the acclaimed soprano will perform the first three compositions in her ‘Woven Song’ series giving voice to the material works. Performing with Cheetham’s Short Black Opera will be special guests tabla master Pandit Ashis Sengupta (India), shakuhachi master, Reison Kuroda (Japan), mezzo soprano Angela Cortez (Singapore), Plexus (Australia) and Rubiks Collective (Australia). These musical compositions speak to the tapestries Brook Andrew’s Catching Breath, Nanyuma Napangati’s Untitled (detail from Kiwirrkurra women’s painting) and Lumpu Lumpu Country by Daisy Andrews.  Performances (50 minutes each in duration): 14th Feb at 6pm and 15th Feb at 2pm and 6pm. Venue: The Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience these collaborations with from leading musicians from India, Japan, Singapore and Australia. Tickets are limited. General admission is $39.

     EXHIBITION related to the above: LINDA BRITTEN COUTURE. Explore ‘WOVEN SONG’ through an exhibition that features the magnificent gowns created by leading Melbourne couturier Linda Britten, especially for Deborah Cheetham’s performances. A well-established name throughout Australian and international arts and fashion associations and winner of Australian Fashion Designer of the Year, Britten’s detailed, feminine approach to couture has made her Australian label highly sought after. She actively works with many arts and performance based organisations, including Arts Centre Melbourne, Victorian Opera and Short Black Opera to create performance couture. Dates: 11 Feb – 17 April. Australian Tapestry Workshop Gallery (open Tues-Fri; 10am-5pm). Admission Free.




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

     The PAPERMAKERS of VICTORIA (POV) hold numerous workshops during the year: Workshops | Papermakers of Victoria  For details and Registration visit the website

21 & 22 March  2020 Workshop “Korean traditional craft ” with Tutor: Jan Coveney from South Australia

16 & 17 May 2020 Workshop “Content to Book” Tutor: Barb Adams

16  August 2020 Workshop “Making natural inks and handmade brushes ” Tutors: Gail Stiffe and Sue Cust

25  October 2020 Workshop “Making Watermarks” Tutor:  Gail Stiffe

15 November 2020 Workshop “T shirts and jeans to Paper” Tutor:  Gail Stiffe

    Exhibition dates for the inaugural biennial Australian Textile Art Award worth $2000: 21 March – 5 April 2020. This is a juried non-acquisitive award. The artworks chosen as finalists are being shown in an exhibition hosted by The Embroiderers Guild, Vic and will be part of a limited-edition accompanying book. See The ATAA is an initiative of Artwear Publications. The exhibition will be open from 10 – 4 pm daily.  Admission $5 for all except children under 12 are free, as are Qualified Carers accompanying their clients. Groups welcome by prior arrangement.  Contact  More info at

     2020 AQC Challenge: Announcing the theme: ‘Going Green’. The Australian Quilt Convention (AQC) invites all textile artists and quilters to enter. The AQC Challenge is an annual challenge for quilters around the world. Entries will be juried and judged with up to 30 finalists selected. Judging will be based on: Interpretation of theme; Design; Craftsmanship. A cash prize pool of $5,500 is offered. First prize will be awarded $3500, runner up will receive $1500 and the Viewers’ Choice will receive $500. Entries are due February 7, 2020.  Dates of the next AQC are APRIL 16 – 19, 2020. Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens, Melbourne. Open Thurs-Sun, 10am-4:30pm daily. 

     “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.