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.

The Melbourne Bead Expo is a 3 day event being held from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2018 at Holmesglen Institute in Chadstone, Victoria.  The Expo is run by The Bead Society of Victoria and will showcase a range of exhibitors selling beads, workshops, exhibitions of members’ work and demonstrations.  Some exhibition pieces will be for sale.

COLLEEN WESTE’s next exhibition is Bird Song – Silk Art Quilts and is being held at The Gallery Mt Macedon until Nov 5. The gallery is located at 684 Mt Macedon Road, Mt Macedon and is open Fri-Tues, 10am-4pm all days (except Wednesdays and Thursdays).

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

ARARAT GALLERY TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) features Celebrating 50 Years of Collecting Fibre Art at Ararat Gallery TAMA opening November 10th. 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 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 Febraury 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 Embroiderers Guild Victoria’s Christmas Market is on again: Saturday 1st December from 10.00am-2pm at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Website:

Louise Saxton’s creation The Linen Project will be on show at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn until 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.

     A PASSION FOR TAPESTRY – Small Tapestries from a Private Collection. Opening: Tuesday 13 November, 5:30pm. Exhibition dates: 7 November 2018 – 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.

     FRIENDS OF THE ATW LECTURE SERIES: Collecting, Curating and Conservation. Thursday 29 November 2018 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm. Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. TICKETS: $10 Friends of the ATW | $15 General. The Australian Tapestry Workshop is delighted to present a special two-part talk titled Collecting, Curating and Conservation with special guest speakers Louis Le Vaillant and Karlie Hawking. Lous Le Vaillant is the Director and Curator of the marvellous Johnston Collection in East Melbourne. This house museum is the legacy of William Robert Johnston, an antique dealer and collector, and displays a rich collection of fine decorative arts from the Georgian, Regency and Louis XV period. Following Louis’ talk, ATW weaver Karlie Hawking will speak about textile conservation and how to maintain and take care of artworks in collections.

     END OF YEAR CELEBRATION at the Australian Tapestry Workshop: Thursday 13 December 2018 | 6 – 8pm.
Location: 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. RSVP essential. Join ATW weavers, staff, volunteers, supporters and friends for a night of festivities as we celebrate a wonderful year of contemporary tapestry at the ATW. All welcome. We hope to see you there!

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. Registration date for entries is from now until 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.

 Paul Yore is exhibiting in a solo exhibition at Neon Parc, Brunswick. YOUR CAPITAL IS AT RISK includes large-scale textile works alongside works on paper and new soft sculptures. The exhibition will be on view until 15 December 2018. 

At Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) in Melbourne from until 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: 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.