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. Fashion & 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.

FRIENDS OF THE ATW LECTURE SERIES (Australian Tapestry Workshop): The Life and Legacy of Sir John Monash. In recognition of Sir John Monash – military commander, engineer and lawyer – the Friends of the Australian Tapestry Workshop invite you to a presentation on his life and legacy. Michael Headberry, Victorian Director of the Saluting Monash Council, will address the many facets of Sir John Monash with a particular focus on his role as a wartime leader and his extensive efforts in ensuring the quick and safe return of Australian soldiers following the end of World War I. Following Headberry’s lecture, ATW weaver Pamela Joyce will provide her insights on the tapestry process and her involvement in the creation of this significant work. Thursday 16 November 2017 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm. Tickets: Friends of the ATW: $10 | General: $15. Phone: (03) 96997885. Email:

Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence Dr Debra Porch will be showing at Gallery Smith Project in North Melbourne from 2 – 11 November, 2017. Her solo exhibition is titled An archive of ordinary space.

The inaugural Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair (Patchwork to Pickles) will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017 from 10am-4pm at Buda Historic Home & Garden. There are many aspects to the day – gardens, tours of the historic home, children’s activities and more – also TRADITIONAL ARTS showcasing and celebrating traditional arts. There will be continuous demonstrations of weaving and spinning, lacemaking, embroidery, cooking and printmaking, with stall holders selling their crafted wares – from patchwork to pickles and much much more. For more information on Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair and other events at Buda go to

THE Costume Designer, EDITH HEAD & Hollywood. For lovers of cinema and costume: Bendigo Art Gallery Victoria–The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood. Exhibition runs until 21 January 2018.

     CRAFT Victoria has new premises at Watson Place (just off Flinders Lane), Melbourne. Their opening hours are Mon-Wed, 11am-6pm; Thur/Fri 11am-7pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Their inaugural exhibition in the new location is Future Artefacts:  Alexi Freeman, Tessa Blazey and Jane Burton.  Freeman and Blazey’s collaborative practice identifies the human body as its primary site for exploration. Inspired by their shared love of Science Fiction and geometry, the artists are concerned with creating artisanal jewellery sculptures that utilise a combination of production techniques including ancient low-tech jewellery processes such as lost wax casting and chainmail construction, in combination with contemporary industrial manufacturing such as laser cutting. Freeman and Blazey think of their collaborative practice as the crafting of wearable sculptures that could potentially become artefacts of the future. The work explores a fascination with archaeology, evoking the imagined body through the design and production of wearable artefacts. This idea is further communicated through an evocative series of photographs in collaboration with contemporary art photographer Jane Burton which capture the moment that these future artefacts are discovered. As a collaborative duo, they’ve worked together creating a series of sculptural works since 2010. During this time, these projects have evolved significantly as have their artisanal skills and grasp on contemporary modes of production. This fusion of skills combining visual arts concepts with jewellery techniques, textile and garment methods have resulted in the development of a unique visual arts practice which they continue to expand. Since 2010, Freeman and Blazey have produced a number of highly labour intensive conceptual jewellery sculptures.  Jane Burton is a photographic artist known for her depictions of female sensuality and sexuality, brooding landscapes, derelict architectures and abandoned interiors. Her pictures are drenched in a dark moodiness of the Gothic and bathed in a light that is cinematic and dreamlike, evoking charged atmospheres of desire and melancholy, mystery, and menace.

     An Exhibition from ANDREA McCALLUM: Transparency, Reflection, Illumination. Opening Friday 17th November at 6pm. Exhibition continues to Monday 15th January 2018. Maffra Exhibition Space, 150 Johnson Street, Maffra, Victoria. 3860. Enquires to Gippsland Art Gallery: T +61 3 51423500. OPEN: Monday & Wednesday to Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm. Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays. FREE ENTRY

     COPACC together with RRRTAG are very excited to announce that entries for the CrossXpollinatioN 2018 Art Awards are now open! 2018 Textile and Fibre Art Exhibition : JOURNEYS. Two venues showcasing excellence in textile and fibre practice: COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre) and 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) 2D and 3D artworks using or referencing textiles/fibre to explore the theme ‘Journeys.’ Awards: Scissor Award and People’s Choice Award. Entries Close Monday 21st May 2018. For more information and to download entry forms and guidelines go to or

     FEASTChristmas at The Johnston Collection continues until 31 January 2018.The creative spirits of Christmases past come to life again in an exhibition showing selected works from over the last five years of Christmas exhibitions along with a smattering of new works in a spectacular rearrangement that promises to be a feast not only for the eyes but for all the senses.  FEAST features works from artists, guilds and collectives from the Mornington Peninsula (2013|14), Geelong and the Surf Coast (2014|15), Gippsland (2015|16) and Melbourne city (2016|17) along with new works. Featuring work by Sai-Wai Foo, Irianna Kannellopoulou, Dorothy Morgan, Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective, The Bond Family, Embroiderers Guild (Victoria) – Mornington Peninsula & Leongatha Country Group, Bead Society of Victoria & The Beaders Guild of Geelong,  Bbaandit Yarners, and The GLAD Rappers, FEAST is a stunning exhibition of contemporary craft viewed against the background of William Johnston’s historic collection, housed in Melbourne.

The Basketmakers of Victoria have been invited to exhibit at the Bolin Bolin Gallery, Bullen Art & Garden until 19 November in a show titled DIVERSITY. Check it out:

Workshops coming up with Ilka White: INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING: November 4 – December 3. Venue: Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria.     Ilka White: INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL DYEING: Saturday November 11. Venue: CERES, Stewart Street, Brunswick East (Melbourne) Ilka White; BRAIDED RAG RUGS: Saturday November 25. Venue: CERES, Stewart Street, Brunswick East (Melbourne).

The University of Melbourne celebrates the livre d’artiste with ‘Art on the Page’ at Noel Shaw Gallery from now until 14 January, 2018. Artist books were popular among major painters and sculptors during the 20th century; they courted collaboration between visual artists and writers, and remain a source of inspiration today. ‘Art on the Page’ showcases book illustration work and original woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, tableaux and engravings by European and Australian masters. Artists include; Arthur Boyd, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, David Hockney and Joan Miró, with written works by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Oscar Wilde, Emily Brontë, Alec Derwent Hope, Gary Catalano and others.

At Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne until 18th March 2018: a new exhibition that celebrates recent acquisitions to Heide Museum of Modern Art’s Collection from the past three years: New acquisitions: The Heide Collection. Among the diversity of works presented are sculptures and prints by Aleks Danko, major paintings by Peter Booth and Rick Amor, a large suspended ceiling installation by Koji Ryui, and garments with textile designs based on Mirka Mora’s art, created by the fashion house Gorman in collaboration with the artist.

     MCA’s Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy will tour to Heide Museum of Modern Art. Originally shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, works drawn from this show have been selected for Heide in Melbourne and the exhibition opens on November 4thJenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, will feature works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric. Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watson’s work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watson’s works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of longhaired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas. Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning.  The exhibition continues at Heide until 4th March 2018. There are exhibition tours on Tuesdays at 2pm and an ART TALK on Saturday 4 November, at 2pm when you can join curator Anna Davis and artist Jenny Watson for a conversation about The Fabric of Fantasy. Heide Museum if located at 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105

The Melbourne BEAD EXPO is a 3 day event being held from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November 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 and exhibitions of members’ work.  Some exhibition pieces will be for sale.

     THE NATURAL WONDERS: This exhibition displays the work of four local artists: Chris Field, Lee Higgins, Denise Matthews and Ann Jackson. Using local flora we have been exploring organic dyeing and printing. Our divergent use of the results has led to this exhibition. Pieces include up-cycled garments, handbags and scarves, framed works, bowls and gift boxes.  Silks, wool and cotton are the feature fabrics. Dates: 4th– 29th January 2018. Venue:

The Residents Gallery, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham. Ph 03 9439 7712. Entry to the art galleries is free. A few words about the group: “We have been working together for a number of years, exploring organic dyeing using local flora. Our knowledge and skills have improved over this time, but the most interesting feature has been the divergent tracks we have taken. Denise Matthews has introduced metal into her pieces and they have become quite sculptural. Lee Higgins has developed strong textural surfaces and is drawn to capturing the natural forces of nature such as wild seas and storms. Chris  Field comes from a strong botanical and textile background and her work uses pattern and symmetry to create order and beauty in her work. Ann Jackson comes from a printmaking and drawing background and her work tends more to using the coloured pieces and threads to reflect the landscape and flora.

    Currently at Wangaratta Art Gallery (until 19th November, in Gallery 1): The story of the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) an exhibition featuring three locally and nationally significant artists creating contemporary new art works by responding to the theme of the eucalyptus species, River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). The artists, Penny Algar, Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Damien Wright respond to the landscape, the environment and the traditional use in Aboriginal culture, presenting the relationship from both an ecological and spiritual perspective. To find out about a suite of public programs and events (titled Art + Ecology – Where Art, Science and Cultural landscapes come together to celebrate the River Red Gum:

     GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 18 has the dates of 17 – 22 March 2018 and will again be held in Halls Gap. An enticing set of workshop opportunities, for the opening weekend (2-day) and/or for the weekdays to follow (4-day). Full details from

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017. The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is accompanied by a scholarly publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances. Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Christian Dior Couture. NGV International Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions. On until 7 Nov 17. OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY . Entry fee will apply.

The inaugural NGV Triennial takes place from 15 December 2017 to 15th April 2018. There will be much to interest Textile Lovers in this dynamic global exhibition of art. More than 60 artists from over 30 countries will be part of this free, unprecedented global showcase of art, design and architecture. Art and design will be shown together with 3D printing and robotics, and performances, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

    LEARN TO WEAVE Workshops at the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW): Join master weavers in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham: Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 November 2017 10am to 4pm. Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop. Cost: $370 (includes all materials: loom, clamp, bobbin, 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes.

     “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.  November workshop: JOOMCHI in 2 days. Date & Time: 11 Nov 2017 & 12 Nov 2017 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM. Cost: $160 for members, $180 for non-members. Tutor: Liz Powell. Joomchi is a traditional Korean technique that could broadly be described as felting paper.  The tutor says, “I give this method a distinctly Australian twist by combining locally sourced fibres in handmade papers with easily purchased Thai kozo sheets rather than using only hanji (dyed Korean dak fibre).  I also take the pain out of the labour intensive process by using my feet..!” For further information and to book please refer to the website
The CHRISTMAS MARKET held by The Embroiderers Guild Victoria at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern (Swanston Street tram 5 from City to Stop 46) will take place on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am – 3pm. Enquiries to Freya Mckee:

     AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) competition titled REFLECTION. The accepted quilts will be shown from 16 November to 21 December 2017 at Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill, Melbourne. More information from

LOLO GREENO. Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in The Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. She is an award winning talent in shell-working and the exhibition includes 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC from 8 Feb – 15 Apr 2018.

     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 tours Victoria as follows:

Shepparton Art Museum, VIC – 27 January – 18 March 2018
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, VIC – 31 March – 10 June 2018