VIC – News & Events

The 17th GEELONG FORUM 2017 has the dates of Oct 1-7 2017 and will again be held using the superb facilities of Geelong Grammar School, Corio Bay Victoria . FULL DETAILS from – You are not required to live in to attend, but if you do wish to be Residential, both Single Rooms and Shared Rooms are available, plus the usual high quality choices in workshops from Australian and overseas tutors. NOTE: Larissa Murdock and Bronni Packwood are continuing as the ‘Geelong’ convenors and are operating via Tafta Inc., a not-for-profit organisation based in Victoria: Exhibitions, Installations, Trades Hall, an Open Morning on  7th  October 2017– it’s business as usual Plus Some.

 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 will become available mid-year.

RUTH HADLOW is offering a 4 day Creative Research Practice masterclass in Melbourne in late August (August 28-31) at Clifton Hall, Richmond.  The program of workshops run by Ruth Hadlow is aimed at developing individual practices through critical engagement with ideas, objects, texts, contemporary and historical art practices, lived experience, and the surrounding world. Each workshop incorporates readings, research, writing, discussion with fellow artists, a series of project structures and a wealth of reference material, with a focus on encouraging in-depth creative investigation. Each workshop has a preliminary research component aimed at generating material and references for in-class project work and discussions. The workshops are designed to stimulate and challenge, to enable debate and encourage innovation, to extend individual art practices, and above all to provide the space for developing ideas. More information from or mobile: 047 801 8851.

CHAIN GANG – A contemporary embroidery show in one of Castlemaine’s favourite art spaces: Lot 19 Gallery, Castlemaine VIC, NSW. Dates: 10 – 25 June. Curated by Ashley Mariani. Lot 19 is an evolving artspace in the Central Highlands of Victoria with studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery which also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park.

The Basketmakers of Victoria have been invited to exhibit at the Bolin Bolin Gallery, Bullen Art & Garden from 27 Oct – 19 November in a show titled DIVERSITY. The group continues to run very popular monthly Federation Square workshops covering a variety of subjects, with hands-on opportunities. Check it out:

Beach Baskets and Fancy Fish. An exhibition from 16 people involved in the basket arts. South Gippsland Basketry & Fibre Group. The show continues until 19th June at Stockyard Gallery, cnr. Main & McDonald Streets, Foster. Open 10am-4pm daily.

FROM THE BOWER: patterns of collecting is an exhibition presenting artwork by and items from the unique personal collections of four contemporary Victorian artists, Loris Button, Deborah Klein, Louise Saxton and Carole Wilson. The artists are linked by their studio practice, their appreciation of textiles and traditional sewing crafts, their regional locations and connections, and their love of gleaning. Their studio collections range from domestic textiles and sewing paraphernalia, curiosities, natural history specimens, memorabilia, discarded books and china, carpet and linoleum, and old tools of trade. In this exhibition a portion of each artist’s studio collection is gathered, in an engaging and dynamic installation, alongside works by the artists which respond directly and/or relate to, their greater collection objects. The exhibition draws the individual artists together into one large ‘bower’ and creates a space in which the private becomes public. It allows the viewer to reflect upon the process of collecting, gathering and making.’ Dr Carole Wilson From the Bower: patterns of collecting; Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street, Warrnambool Vic. Free entry. Weekdays 10 am – 5 pm. Weekends and Public Holidays 10 am – 3 pm. The exhibition continues until Monday 12 June 2017. The show will then travel to the Art Gallery of Ballarat, where it will run from 29 July – 17 September 2017.\

Australian Sheep and Wool Show: Bendigo 14-16th July, 2017. Entry forms must be received by Friday 9 June 4.30pm.  More details:

WEAVING CLASSES with Ilka White – 12 & 13 August Weekend – TABLET WEAVING – Colours of the Landscape -Venue: Newstead Railway Arts Hub, 8a Tivey Street, Newstead, Victoria 3462 – We’ll be dyeing threads with gathered plant dyes and then learning to weave bands on a portable loom that’s yours to keep. Tablet weaving is a method of making beautifully patterned narrow bands, belts and straps on an ingenious ‘loom’ consisting essentially of a pack of cards with holes in the corners. An ancient technology, examples of tablet looms have been uncovered from the Iron Age and earlier! CONTACT DETAILS: Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681 – Julie Patey 0408 528 536 e: e: for more information.

30 July – 4 September 2017 – INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING Venue: Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria – more information contact:

31 October & 14 November 2017 (2 Tuesdays) – WOVEN TWILL DESIGN Venue: Elphinstone Hall, Central Victoria Bookings: Janet Gray, Kyneton Weavers Group: or 0438 301 144. Explore the wonderfully diverse Twill family and learn to design your own twill structures on 4, 8 or more shafts. This ideas-based workshop is a mix of theory and practice, so we’ll work back and forth between the looms and graph paper (or laptop/tablet). While we are likely to discover more ideas than can be put into practice while we are together, the design theory we explore may influence our weaving for years to come!

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. 27 Aug 17 – 7 Nov 17. OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY . Entry fee will apply.

“For the past four years COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre), together with Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery and a group of fabulous volunteers, work tirelessly to bring CrossXpollinatioN to life. To find out about event #5: ”

All artwork will be on display from the July 1 – 23, 2017. Another aspect of the event is Flight @ RRRTAG which will showcase creative 2 and 3D artworks from both established and emerging artists using or referencing Textiles and/or Fibre to explore the theme Flight. Artists are invited to submit artworks using a range of art practices including textiles, fibre, painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, print-making, photography or video work to address the theme. Award categories include The Scissor Award for Excellence and People’s Choice Award. Entries close Friday, 9th June 2017. See website.

 International Back to Back Wool Challenge: It all started in 1811 at Newbury in Berkshire, UK. A one thousand pound wager was made to make a coat from the sheep’s back to a man’s back in one day. Watched by 5000 people, the coat was completed in thirteen hours. The sheep was eaten to celebrate. Fast forward to 1995 and the idea of “a coat from the sheep’s back to a man’s back” is now an international event. The inaugural International Back to Back Wool Challenge is held, won by the Shetland Isles in 5 hours 57 mins 58 sec.The Guinness World Record for the event was set in 2004 by a team from Merriwa, NSW. Their time of 4 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds is yet to be beaten. The Challenge Date for 2017 is on or before Sunday 11th June. To participate you’ll need a team (blade shearer, a sheep and seven handspinners & knitters) and very fast hands!For further information and Entry Forms, please contact: Wendy Dennis, Tarndwarncoort, Warncoort 3243 Victoria AUSTRALIA Ph: (03) 5233 6241 (Int. Ph: +61 3 6233 6241) E-mail:  Web:

Craft Cubed Festival is Craft’s annual celebration of the handmade and the biggest coming together of the craft and design sectors of its kind in Australia (August this year). The 2017 Festival will focus on the theme of Crafting Communities, aiming to showcase dynamic and creative communities through a multi-layered, open access festival. Craft are seeking expressions of interest from craftspeople and designers to present creative, experimental and ideas-based craft and design projects under the banner of the Craft Cubed Festival.

    REBECCA MAYO: HABITUS. Rebecca Mayo reflects on the history of the Heide site in an installation for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 in the Project Gallery. Rebecca Mayo’s prints and textiles connect her interests in sustainable practices, local ecologies and forgotten printmaking techniques. For this exhibition she has made a series of cloth sandbags printed using eighteenth century Toile de Jouy methods and dyes made from indigenous and introduced plants, which are stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space. Under the gaze of Yingabeal—the Wurundjeri songline tree that has for centuries stood sentinel on the land—the sandbags symbolise an environmental crisis point and highlight the cumulative impact of everyday and habitual activities.  Rebecca Mayo’s work has been supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award through the School of Art, Australian National University. The exhibition continues until 18 June 2017. Rebecca Mayo and Guy Abrahams will discuss the role that art can play in creating community and raising awareness of the implications of climate change on Sunday 14th May from 2pm. And there is a Free Family Art Program, Common Language on 14th May from 10am-12noon. Take part in an art project this Mother’s Day. Help artist Rebecca Mayo complete a mystery sentence by dyeing squares of fabric in colours made from the plants in the Heide garden. Each square reveals a letter that contributes to some words of wisdom.

      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: Thursday 13 & Friday 14 July 2017 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith: Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 2017 10am to 4pm

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)

Tapestry Masterclass with Marie Cook: Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice. August 8th to coincide with the opening the Kate Derum Award announcement evening. Details from

The 2017 KATE DERUM AWARD has been announced by the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of finalists on 8 August 2017. The prize is open to all Australian and international tapestry artists. Tapestries can be no larger than 30x30cm. Venue: The Australian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne. The exhibition runs until 29th September. The judges are Kay Lawrence AM, Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia
Board of Directors, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Tapestry weaver; Dr Kevin Murray, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University & Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Craft writer and curator; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Gallery, Lecturer of Art History, University of Melbourne, Curator and writer.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS at the Australian Tapestry Workshop(Free event). Carly Snoswell, Christopher O’Brien & Emma Greenwood are featured for the artist talks and panel discussion. Thursday 27 June 2017, 6:30pm (please join us for refreshments from 6pm). Details about this interesting program from  The talks will be at ATW’s home: 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205.

Exhibitions at the Australian Tapestry Workshops (262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne): ATWAIR16 – Exhibition runs until 7th July 2017. Aliça Bryson-Haynes & Lizzy Sampson, Andrei Davidoff, Anna Dunnill, Cat Poljski, Claire McArdle, Clementine Barnes, Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, HANDMADE LIFE, Jennifer Goodman, John Brooks, Kirsty Macafee, Louise Meuwissen, Martha Poggioli, Penelope Hunt, Sera Waters. Also: ELEMENTS: earth, fire, air, water- Exhibition runs until 9th June 2017. 10 artists from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom show their small format woven tapestries in an international touring exhibition. Supported by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.

    FABRIC, FIBRE and THREAD – Making Art. This exhibition brings together four diverse textile artists, who explore textures and manipulate materials to produce an eclectic range of fibre-based works. The artists are Jan Lowe, Julie Hudson, Lee Robson and Annette Brauneis. Works include land and seascapes, containers, Nuno and dry felting, jewelry, paper and framed works, using techniques that stretch the boundaries and experiment with an array of natural, man-made, and found materials. These four artists reflect nature and abstract images in various forms, inviting the viewer to experience the tactile surfaces. The works stimulate curiosity in the use of ordinary materials to create extraordinary things. Fabric, Fibre and Thread – Making Art; The Long Gallery, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Victoria 3095. Ph. (03) 9439 7712. Opening hours daily 9am – 5pm. The exhibition runs from July 2 to August 20 2017.

 “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. On 18th June it’s Paper Cutting (with a due date of 8th June to enroll – list of needed materials sent at time of enrolment).” Time of the workshop: 10am-4pm. Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Tutor: Roma McLaughlin. “Paper cutting is an ideal medium for creating gifts, cards, handmade books and wall hangings.  Come along and be inspired by traditional folk art paper cutting, and its modern day art form. Make your own cutouts using this beautiful technique.” For further information and to book please refer to the website;

Other workshops coming up from the Papermakers of Victoria: Plant Fibre Papermaking on July 16, 10am-4pm.  Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Tutor: Gail Stiffe. Learn how to turn common garden plants and weeds into paper.  Learn techniques for harvesting, preparation, cooking, beating and sheet forming.
Paper can be made from cumbungi, NZ Flax, grasses, red hot poker and many barks. The morning will be spent preparing fibre and the afternoon making many sheets of paper from different fibres. The paper is suitable for collage, cards and some for writing on. Suitable for beginners and those who have done some papermaking.  Materials fee of $10 per person. Registrations close July 6, 2017. For further information and to book please refer to our website

November workshop (Papermakers of Victoria): 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. Registrations close 1 October 2017. 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 our website
Fed Square Activities PAPERCRAFTS@ THE NOOK.The new venue, The Nook, is being specially set up in the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne for groups. Papermakers of Victoria sessions started in March, and are held on the second Thursday of each month from 11am – 1pm. There will be demonstrations and the public is welcome to observe, to participate and to ask questions.

   The next Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award (WCTA) has the dates of 3 June – 6 August 2017. The Acquisitive Award is worth $10,000.  The official opening is a 2pm in the gallery on June 2nd.  Booking is essential  please call Gallery on (03) 5722 0865 or book online  You can also book for an Artist Forum being held Sunday 4thJune, 11am-3pm (light lunch provided). Cost $35. $30 – Conc/WAG Friends. “This is a feature event of the 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award. We are delighted to present a fantastic panel of artists both emerging and established, who are currently working and exhibiting in the contemporary textile realm. The featured artists are Louise Saxton, Douglas McManus, Hannah Gartside and Mohsen Meysami. As well there as Associated Workshops: Artist workshop with Louise Saxton Saturday 1st July 10am-4pm. $150 (or $130 concession- WAG friends). Also there will be a Carve & Stamp
Artist workshop with Ema Shin
on Sunday 11th June, 10am-4pm. Same prices. More information from (03) 5722.0865 or Website

Be sure to enjoy the 2017 Wangaratta Stitched Up Textile Festival, July 8-16, 2017. The full program of exhibitions, workshops and related activities is available from  A few highlights: Stitchy Central will operate in Gallery2 at the Wangaratta Art Gallery with the Stitching a Story Community exhibition. Instead of the competitions of the past, the 2017 Stitched Up Textile Festival will have a community exhibition with the theme Stitching a Story.  Entry is free and a People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition, with Cash Prizes of $300 for the Open section and $100 for Student entries.  The exhibition is open to all textile enthusiasts, young and old. There is no fee to enter and no selection process. One entry per individual or as part of a group.  All textile mediums are welcome be it knitting, crochet, mixed media, patchwork, weaving or embroidery. Contemporary and traditional styles are welcome. So start thinking up a story to tell in textiles, any textile medium such as crochet, knitting, mixed media, textile books,  2D, 3D, wall hanging, sculpture, rugs, wearable etc. Deadline of May 31st to provide something – everyone is welcome.  Email for an entry form. Website  NOTE: a series of daily demonstrations will take place at Stitchy Central.

Celebrate the launch of the 14th Wangaratta Stitched Up Textile Festival at 11am, Saturday 8 July in Gallery2 at Wangaratta Art Gallery, 56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta. All Welcome! And consider attending and/or applying for the MAKERS MARKET, Memorial Town Hall @ Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, cnr. Ovens & Ford Streets, 10am-3pm, Sunday 16th July – entry by Gold Coin Donation. This is the 7th annual Stitched Up Makers Market, a curated, high-quality market featuring some of the northeast’s best textile arts & crafts people. The Stitched Up Makers Market is a brilliant opportunity for traders to find an appreciative audience for their handcrafted wares, and for visitors to meet local makers and buy a special something for themselves or friends and families, as well as see demonstrations by talented crafters. Don’t miss the fabulous raffles – chock full of donated textile goodies with all proceeds going towards future textile events in Wangaratta.

Seasonal Stories is an exhibition by 38 textile artists on display for the whole month of July in the Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta Library.

The Australia Wide 5 from OzQuilt Network is touring to Bainz Gallery Wangaratta from 1-30 June 2017. This is a juried touring exhibition of OZQN members’ works with each being 40 x 40cm. In November 2017 the exhibition will be at the National Wool Museum Geelong, dates to be confirmed.

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.

The next Members’ Exhibition from The Embroiderers Guild Victoria will be EBB & FLOW on from 7-21 October, 2017. The Challenge theme is Take a Shell – conditions of entry to be posted on the Guild’s website.

     The National Wool Museum (Geelong Victoria) has  the 2017 SCARF FESTIVAL© underway with a theme of GALAXIES A Textile Journey to Infinity & Beyond. Scarves: Stories told in fabric … an item that can be draped and worn around the shoulders, about the neck or near the head for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or religious reasons, serving every conceivable purpose from utilitarian to frivolity, love token to political statement. The related events have various dates from 2 June 2017 to 27 August 2017 Mailing address: National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong VIC 3220. Email:  Web:

     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

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

 Holy Stitches is an exhibition sponsored by The Embroiderers Guild Victoria of exquisite antique embroidered ecclesiastical textiles from a private collection. The exhibition runs until 8th June at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. It will be open daily from 10am till 4 pm and open 10 am till 8 pm on Wednesdays. Entry $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Free admittance for children under 12 and carers, with carer card, in company with their client.