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.   & 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.

The SCARF FESTIVAL 2018 is again a project of NWM – The National Wool Museum located in Geelong Victoria. This year’s theme is Living on the Land and scarves will be exhibited, awarded and sold at the NWM from 8 June – 26 August. To find out how to enter your work go to:

      Collective Notions will exhibit at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton South 3053 from 14 – 21 April 2018 with ‘UNCHARTED’ – Textile and mixed media works from this exhibiting artist group. 10am – 4 pm daily at Steps Gallery:

     The Embroiderers Guild Victoria will stage their next Members’ Exhibition (ART DECO NOW!) from October 6-20 at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern.

     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 Exhibitions being held in conjunction with Grampians Texture:

     At the Kookaburra Hotel 125—127 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap (open daily except Monday. 16 March – 30 April): CONNECTIONS Artist: Sue Cunningham. Using salvaged family domestic textiles, along with needle and thread, the artist honours family members gone by, and the passage of time. The use of everyday linen such as hand towels, tea towels and handkerchiefs, and a rug, all with wear and tear still evident, connects the people who used them to the viewer. The slow hand stitching embeds time into every stitch.

Similarly, the artist’s connection to the nearby Iron Barks reserve is linked to fabrics which have been dyed from local plants. Mark making using wrapping, clamping and stitching alludes to mining activities which were once conducted there.

    At Halls Gap Estate Winery. 4133 Ararat – Halls Gap Road Halls Gap. Open 11 – 5 Wed/ Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 17 March – 30 April. PIGMENT & WAX: NEW FLORA WORKS & LANDSCAPES. Artist: Carolynne Hamdorf

An exhibition of artwork made from blending beeswax with pigments and natural ochres. Natimuk based painter, Carolynne Hamdorf, has been experimenting with blending beeswax with natural ochres and pigments for the past 6 years. Commonly known as encaustic, it is an ancient and durable form of painting. In 2016, Hamdorf introduced beehives into her garden and has been collecting excess wax and using it in her paintings, including this body of work. Hamdorf is motivated by using as much locally sourced material as possible and enjoys making her paint from scratch. She also collects and uses tree resins and shellac to add sheen and depth to her work.

     At MOCO Gallery 475-481 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap. Open daily 10–5. & Fri/Sat evening. Monday 5 March – to Saturday 21 April, 2018. CAVALCADE Artist: Trevor Smith. Cavalcade is a parade of crochet character tea cosies by Trevor Smith. They include the famous and the infamous, daily occupations and characters from around the world. Trevor has been working with and exhibiting textile art for over 30 years. His current obsession is crochet. Trevor Smith is represented by Michael Reid Sydney.

      Celebrating Handwoven Design by PLUSH! & Pat Jones In the ‘Long Gallery’ at Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham, 3095. This Exhibition of Hand Loom weaving and Creative Garment design is open from

7th March – 2nd April. Opening hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm daily except 2nd April 9:00am – 3:00pm. Closed on Good Friday. Meet the Artists: 11th March at 11:30am and at 1pm. Floor Talk: 15th March 11:30am. Contact:  PLUSH! is the creative partnership of two designer/ weavers: Christina Turner & Virginia Harrison, who came together in 1996 and have been weaving in partnership since then, under the name Plush! Luxury Fabrics & Design. Their products are designed and handwoven in Australia from Merino wool, with the addition of luxury yarns such as silk. They exhibit regularly as well as creating a unique scarf collection annually for retail. Pat Jones is a Textile Designer who creates garments and accessories from hand-woven fabrics. After initially completing a Fashion Design and Production qualification Pat worked as a Designer Pattern Maker. Then following her love of textiles she undertook textile design studies. Combining these two areas Pat is able to put together garments that are original in design and well constructed. Hand-woven fabrics need to be treated with extra care and many construction techniques are quite specific to these fabrics.

Ballarat APRON FESTIVAL: 26/27 May at St Patricks Cathedral Hall, 3 Lyons Street S, Ballarat. 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. Connecting with the Ballarat Heritage Weekend, the theme of the 2018 Festival is “Technology: the use over the past 100 years”. Historical Apron Displays; coffee & tea; Makers Market; Workshops; Competition Display; Art exhibitions; Meet Marissa Solini the International Apron Artist. Competition Entries open from 30th March until Friday 11th May. This year the categories are: Favourite Cat or Dog; Atompunk/Retrofuturism; Wearable Art; Vintage/ Heritage Style; Sustainable Materials; Technology: the use over the past 100 years. Prizes apply. Exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 26 May 2018 – 10am to 5pm. Exhibition closes on Sunday 27 May 2018 at 4pm. For further details and conditions of entry simply click and download this Competition Form :

     KAREN TORRISI in Melbourne: Whether you want to bead garments, costumes, evening wear, interiors or just learn and make something beautiful, come and spend a day learning the French Tambour Beading Technique. Date: 6th May. 10am-4pm. For MELBOURNE Bookings Email:

     Tales from the Tardis BUDA TWILIGHT TALK: Revisiting Dr Who – The New Generation with Alexandra Tynan. Local Castlemaine resident Alexandra Tynan will return to Buda on Saturday 10th March to share stories about her career as a costume designer in film and television both here and overseas. Alexandra designed the costumes for the long running BBC television series Dr Who and in June last year she was invited to attend the Dr Who Christmas Special at BBC’s Cardiff Studios in the UK. Buda Garden Room, 42 Hunter St Castlemaine; Sat 10th March 2018  6pm – 7.30pm. $20 Adults $18 Concession $15 Friends of Buda. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

     The Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival ( takes place from 1-18 March in Melbourne. The Johnston Collection will be part of the Festival Program and three special lectures are available. Find out more from

Louise Saxton’s creation The Linen Project will be on show at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn from 26 October – 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.

     NEXT OF KIN an exhibition by Joan Asmussen takes place from 13 March – 8 April 2018 at GIGs Art Gallery and Studio, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC 3690.  Joan draws inspiration from the shapes, colours and textures of nature, creating contemporary woven vessels and sculptures. Dried gourds often form the basis of her pieces…their subtle textures and shapes inspiring her. Her works graduate with interwoven fibres and natural materials into stunning and playful works of colour.

     Papermakers of Victoria WORKSHOPS in 2018 (for details and registration: )

 MARCH 2018, CREATIVE MONOPRINTING WITH STENCILS. Tutor Sandra Pearce  24 and 25 March 2018. Closing date to enrol: 5 February 2018. $160 members $180 non-members. “We’ll explore the creative technique of monotypes using  plants, stencils and other found materials to create  one-of-a-kind and often unexpected images. This is  a spontaneous and imaginative form of printmaking  without the technical processes of other printmaking techniques.”The workshop will cover ghost printing, composition, and developing complex colour relationships in your prints.
Materials Fee $10 to be paid to Papermakers of Victoria on enrollment.

     BREAKING TRADITIONS: a decade of adventure. Exhibition March, Friday  16 – Sunday 18, 10am – 3pm daily. Free entry. The Shearers Arms Gallery , 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West. Tickets for the official opening by Glenys Mann  on Thursday  March 15 at 6pm are $10 – see website

Geelong Textiles Arts Group (GeeTag) is an active element of the  EGV Geelong Branch. At our monthly meetings we work on combining stitch with mixed media to create art focused textiles. Our members take turns to run workshops and outside tutors add their expertise. A technique or stitch variation is the subject of each month and usually combine to produce a project such as a book or set of items for the year.  We are excited to offer all EGV members the opportunity to see the work of this group. The inaugural exhibition showcases textile art pieces that stretch the boundaries of traditional embroidery and explore a range of ways to use stitch. There will be 2D and 3D pieces and many items will be available for purchase. 2018 is the tenth anniversary of the formation of the group so there is a wealth of experience on show that will interest a broad audience.

  APRIL 2018, PAPERMAKING FOR A PURPOSE. Tutor Barb Adams 22 April 2018. Closing date to enrol 12 April 2018. $80 members $90 non members. Handmade paper can vary greatly. For a handmade paper project to be a success it is helpful to know which paper you should make. This workshop will concentrate on making a variety of pulps which will be made into sample sheets. You will learn how to make paper suitable for book pages of different shapes and sizes or pages with pockets included when you form the wet pages. Recipes will be provided for pulp making suitable for cards, strong paper for paper casting, paper into which other items can be included or paper suitable to print photos or text onto. You will take home a book you have made, in which you can store your specific paper pulp recipes and samples of your handmade paper. This class is suitable for beginner or advanced papermakers. Materials fee $8 to be paid to the tutor at the class

  MAY 2018, COLOURING PAPER WITH NATURAL DYES AND CLAY. Tutor Gail Stiffe 20 May 2018. Closing date to enrol 10 May 2018. $80 members $90 non members. In this workshop we will explore ways of colouring  paper with natural dyes and with found pigments. We will also discuss the ways in which dyes and pigments differ and how they can be applied to paper and paper pulp. Materials used for dyeing include avocado skin,loquat leaves, onion skins and gum leaves. Materials fee $5 to be paid to the tutor at the class.

  JUNE 2018, SPECIAL EFFECTS WITH DRYPOINT ETCHING. Tutor Liz Powell 16 and 17 June 2018. Closing date to enrol 1 May 2018. $160 members $180 non-members. Experiment with achieving aquatint and mezzotint effects on dry point etching plates without the chemicals. We will be using cardboard and acetate plates in this workshop to push dry point past the usual line work and cross hatching and into the world of tone and chiaroscuro. There is also an emphasis on using fine and handmade papers with some tricks of the trade to make handling plant fibre papers easier to use in etching. Short cuts to multiple colour prints will be another area to explore including experiments with collage techniques through the press like chin de colle. Intaglio printing is full of exciting techniques with lots of possibilities that don’t necessarily require much specialist equipment so this workshop is suitable for beginners and the more experienced print maker alike. We will be using turps based inks but will have odourless turps for clean up so smell is minimal. Materials Fee $25 to be paid to the tutor at the class.

     ATWAIR17 is an upcoming Exhibition at ATW(Australian Tapestry Workshop) that includes the Australian and international artists who took part in the Artist in Residence program at ATW in 2017. Featured are works by Freÿa Black, Emma Greenwood. Chris O’Brien, Drew Pettifer, Debra Porch, Elena Redaelli, Gina Ropiha, Carly Snoswell, Superpleased (Sue Buchanan and Eli Giannini) and Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh). The exhibition continues until 27 April 2018.

   ATW Artist in Residence talk: Please join 2018 Artists in Residence Britt Salt, Anne Marsh and Carolyn Cardinet for a series of free talks as they discuss their artistic practices and experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Tuesday 6th March 2018 | 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm. Free admission. RSVP essential.



2018 WEAVING CLASSES at the Australian Tapestry Workshop: The popular beginner’s and intermediate weaving classes have been announced for 2018. These tend to fill up very quickly so secure your spot now!

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith; Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Cresside Collette; Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith; Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham;Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 2018 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith; Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 November 2018 10am to 4pm
  INTERMEDIATE CLASSES: Intermediate Weaving with Tim Gresham; Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 May 2018 10am to 4pm. 3-day Intermediate Weaving with Cresside Collette – Weaving the Landscape
Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 & Friday 12 October 2017 10am to 4pm

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email

EMERALD THREADS WITH SLOW ART COLLECTIVE: Saturday 3rd – Saturday 10th March | Town Hall Reserve (in front of the South Melbourne Town Hall), Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. In the past 7 years, Slow Art Collective has created various large scale participatory artworks that play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on-site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay. In their latest project Emerald Threads, Slow Art Collective will build an evolving structure that will house a series of resting places for the public. Inviting public participation and intervention from interested members of the South Melbourne community and residents, these resting places will offer people a chance to take a break and enjoy a space of relative peace and calm. It will be a site for experimentation, play and gathering. Emerald Threads is a collaborative project between the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Slow Art Collective and supported by the City of Port Phillip. 

FRESH! Now until 10 MARCH 2018. For its 25th anniversary of Fresh! Craft (Victoria) presents the work of 13 recent graduates in contemporary craft, design and fine art practice. Last year, a panel of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts were invited by Craft to attend graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria.  From these exhibitions, the freshest works that explore contemporary craft and design practice were selected to become part of this years’ Fresh! exhibition program. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. FINALISTS: Ana Petidis | Anna Dunnill | Ashleigh Jessup | Brooke Coutts-Wood | Cassandra Prinzi | Dannielle Faran | Jess Merlo | Josephine Mead | Madeleine Thornton-Smith | Michelle Stewart | Nigel Vogler | Seala Lokollo Evans | Te’ Claire  Craft Victoria is located at Watson Place, off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal,  Melbourne 3000. Craft’s Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-6pm; Thursday – Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm. 03 9650 7775  /

  Kate Just and Jennifer McCamley are currently exhibiting at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) as part of the exhibition Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism. This exhibition surveys the diverse scope of feminist art practices including painting, performance, photography and film to community engagement and cultural activism. The exhibition continues until 25 March

     Entries are now open for the Petite Miniature Textiles exhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery and will remain open until March 16, 2018. Artists are invited to submit contemporary textile works no larger than 30x30x30cm for the exhibition, which will run at the gallery from 2 June – 29 July 2018.  WAG is located at 56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta  VIC 3677. T: 03 5722 0865 | Email: gallery @

     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.  The event/exhibitions take place from 7-29 July 2018. For more information and to download entry forms and guidelines go to or

At Heide Museum of Modern Art in (Bulleen) 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.

At Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) in Melbourne from October 2018 – 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.

The inaugural NGV Triennial in on until 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.

     AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) is showing REFLECTION. The accepted quilts are on show 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 now until 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 until 18 March 2018

Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC : 19 May – 22 July 2018