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Exhibitions at 76 Queen St Gallery

Our redeveloped building at 76 Queen St Gallery, Concord West is now complete and open to the public. Current and future exhibitions are shown below, exhibitions change regularly.

Public gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat/Sun 10am-2pm. Closed on Public Holidays.



Stitched Up in Sydney - Timeless Textiles & Embroiderers' Guild NSW

To Saturday 26 May 2018

Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery will team up with The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc to present a new exhibition in Sydney in April/May.

The Stitched Up in Sydney exhibition showcases the work of 19 contemporary textile artists in response to the history of the Newcastle Industrial School and Reformatory for Girls. It brings to life the tragic stories of 193 girls sent to the school between 1867 and 1871, an era of poverty, hardship and discrimination. 

Girls under 16 were sent to the school when they were destitute, homeless, in the care of criminals or had been arrested for a crime. In a mandatory 12-month stay, they were taught basic literacy, along with stitching, and set to sewing clothing and household items as a cost recovery exercise.

Timeless Textiles’ Anne Kempton and Wilma Simmons co-curated the Stitched-Up exhibition at Newcastle’s Lock Up Contemporary Art Space last year. The contributing textile artists used materials reflecting the cloth and colours that would have been used by the girls to make functional items during their time at the school. Some of these items would have been used, reused and recreated. They would have been held, sometimes for long periods of time, in both the girls’ and the artists’ hands during the making process.

Thirty women from Timeless Textiles Gallery’s Wednesday Makers group stitched embroidered narratives of the girls’ lives in a nine-month long project. They created seven volumes of cloth books, each page dedicated to one of the girls or a family of sisters. The stitchers used local historian Jane Ison’s research to inspire their interpretations.

Stitched Up in Sydney offers an opportunity to experience this fascinating part of Newcastle’s history. Alongside locally based artists, internationally renowned fibre artists from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark and nationally across Australia contributed to the exhibition. It presents an extraordinary array of artistic works individually and collectively portraying stories of loss, betrayal, cruelty and endurance. 

Stitched Up in Sydney will be officially opened  by Wendy Schmid, President of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday 27 March at 76 Queen St Gallery Concord West.



Workshop "Making Messenger of Peace Dolls " with Wilma Simmons

Sunday 6 May 2018 9:30am to 3:30pm

Please confirm your interest.  Price to be confirmed
In this one day workshop, you will have fun making a messenger of peace doll.
We will wrap a stick, use moulds to create and cure a polymer clay face, improvise the doll’s arms and embellish the body or body parts with stitch, paint and/or beads and buttons. The theme will be peace, in response to recent violent events worldwide.


Photo Gallery  (click on image to enlarge)

One Lost, Second Lost, Gone - Olivia ParsonHope - Michelle McKinneyHeartbroken - Nancy CrawfordWednesday’s Children - Wilma Simmons
Stick Dolls - Wilma SimmonsComforter for the Unconquered - Judy Hooworth

For more information or to be put on the mailing list of these organisations:

Timeless Textiles Gallery website   or   email 

Embroiderers' Guild NSW website  or   email




Trip(s)tych - Wagga Wagga Group

Friday 6 April to Wed 30 May 2018

Trip(s)tych is the title of the Wagga Wagga Group of the Embroiderers’ Guild 2016 Triennial Exhibition and will be proudly hung in our beautiful new building at 76 Queen Street, Concord West in April-May 2018.

For the original exhibition we chose a twist on the word TRIPTYCH - a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together- to display our hand stitched creations, each of us presenting 3 pieces as a Trip(s)tych.

Trip(s)tych encapsulated a few ideas.  The first was to invoke the Three Graces and bring beauty, elegance and humour to our show. For elegance you can’t go past Liz Warrell’s “An Elizabethan Trio” and natural beauty was encapsulated by Fay Grant’s “Rocky Stream”.  For wit I would suggest Penny King’s “Monday is Wash Day” and Sharon Bush’s “Postcards”.  Sharon’s works were inspired by photos of her recent travels to Canada. Yet another twist on the title as Sharon’s work was indeed a ‘Trip Stitch’.

The second idea was that a triptych is ‘appreciated together’ so it became a celebration of our Wagga Wagga Group. The styles and interest of our members are diverse as you will experience, everyone brings a different point of view, yet everyone is appreciated and our group is all the better for it.
An integral part of any Wagga Wagga Exhibition is the work of our Junior Stitchers which was also proudly displayed. Our Junior Stitchers constantly impress us with their creativity and flair for colour.

For this show we are proud to present the work of Abbie Holbrook a previous member of our junior embroiderers. Her portrait of her grandmother, Mrs Barbara Holbrook OAM, was Abbie’s HSC major art work. It is stitched with intelligence, grace and beauty and incorporates their love of textile and of each other. This is not to be missed.
An added feature of our original exhibition was our Flying Free Birds that we have been stitching as a community project to raise money for Wagga Women’s Health Centre. Our beautiful birds were sold throughout the exhibition raising hundreds of dollars.  The birds have now flown off to their new homes and new lives.

We hope that you enjoy Trip(s)tych as much as we have enjoyed it’s creation.


Saturday 12 May 4-6pm
Wagga Wagga Group Artist Talk
The artists  of the Wagga Wagga Group will talk about their fabulous exhibition.
Fee $20 bookings essential

Photo Gallery (click on image to enlarge)

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Lives across the Centuries: The Untold Stories      

Friday 1 June to Wednesday 27 June 2018

Artist: Helen Parsons
Curator: Mary Brown

Helen Parsons has created a research based body of work on the poignant history of infant mortality and the creation of new life through technology in the 21st century. It is site-specific art, in that Helen considered the Guild’s new galleries when planning and creating this very new body of work. An interactive work will be hung in Gallery 2. Visitors will be able to touch this work and embroider the work.

Friday 1 June 6-8pm
Exhibition Opening - Mary Brown will officially open the exhibition. Drinks and nibblies will be served. No fee.

Sunday 3 June 3:30-5pm
Developing this Exhibition - Helen Parsons will talk about the development of this body of work. 
Fee $20 per person to be paid on booking

Friday 8 June 6-8pm
The Untold Story - Helen will give a lecture with a presentation on Lives across the Centuries: the Untold Story.
Fee $20 per person to be paid on booking

Sunday 10 June 10am-2pm
30 minute lunch break
Workshop  -  Working to a Theme
Helen will run a workshop in the Gallery.
Fee $65 per person to be paid on booking

Thursday 21 June 6-8pm
Exhibition Floor Talk - Helen will give more information about the works. If you are visiting from the country for the Craft & Quilt Fair this event has been organised especially for you.
Fee $20 per person to be paid on booking

Bookings for all events are to made by contacting the Guild office on 02 9743 2501 or emailing
Please make sure your booking is confirmed by 18 May 2018.

All proceeds from above events are to be entirely donated to the Embroiderers’ Guild Furniture Fund (with grateful thanks to Helen parson and Mary Brown).



Retrospective of Laura Leverton and Christina Barton      

Friday 29 June to Wednesday 29 August

Work of Laura Leverton and Christina Barton - includes original designs and samplers in Counted work, Blackwork, Mareshka, Crewel Embroidery, Petit Point and much more.


The Point of Stitch Exhibition

July/August - dates to be advised

A display of works from the Darling Harbour Craft & Quilt Fair              

Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018

September to November 2018

The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW is excited and inspired by Bernina’s 125th Anniversary of the sewing machine. A Festival is planned with lots of interesting activities, the highlight being a juried exhibition of local, national and international artists submitting entries of original and innovative contemporary machine stitch works. There will be artist talks, workshops, items for sale, books, and displays from the Guild’s collection all related to machine stitch.

To find out more click here for the Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018

Beautifully Imperfect -  Nicole Anderson

Final dates to be advised

An exhibition by our local photographer “We are all imperfect and that’s what makes us beautiful.”