First Tamworth Textile Triennial

Expressions of interest are being sought from artists living and working in Australia for the first Tamworth Textile Triennial, to be held in September 2011. The Tamworth Textile Triennial will build on the tradition of the Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennials, showcasing the work of contemporary textile artists. There are few events in Australia that can demonstrate such a strong tradition of promoting and sustaining the unique cultural heritage associated with both the history and technology of textile practice.
The 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial will provide a forum to explore current issues and trends in textile practice in Australia. Tamworth Regional Gallery will work to develop stronger links with Asia and is committed to build the profile of the exhibition and engage with a wider audience.
Expressions of interest are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, age groups, emerging artists and established practitioners.


The selection process will be in three stages:
Stage One (February to July 2010) when artists are invited to submit an expression of interest by providing:

  • A completed expression of interest cover sheet
  • A one-page outline of current practice, including concepts, processes and materials and the reasons for wanting to participate in the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial
  • A curriculum vitae not more than two pages long
  • A CD with a maximum of 10 jpg images (artists name on the CD and included in the title of each jpg file)

A panel will be convened in August 2010 to make an initial selection of artists. The factors they will consider will include:

  • Innovation – this can include individual and/or collaborative projects (with other individuals, industry or technology-based, educational or community organisations)
  • Demonstrated skills in realising concepts – this can include drawing, visual diary and collage book of ideas
  • Use of traditional and/or contemporary technologies
  • Demonstrated appreciation of craft traditions – textile specific, but can include another craft discipline
  • Use of materials – can include sustainable practice and processes
  • Use of colour and pattern

The closing date for expressions of interest is July 30, 2010.
Stage Two, September to November 2010: Artists selected in Stage One will be invited to submit a detailed proposal in response to a theme to be determined by the curator.
Stage Three, November 2010: Artists selected for the first Tamworth Textile Triennial will be advised by the end of November 2010.

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