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Goldwork Highlights Report

A centrepiece exhibition of over 90 goldwork embroideries plus a packed program of eighteen other events over two months.



Sydney's only dedicated textile and fibre art gallery, showcasing the work of Australian and international artists through a dynamic program of exhibitions and events. Opened in 2017 when the NSW Embroiderers Guild transformed its century-old HQ into a bright, contemporary space, the non-profit facility includes galleries, workshop rooms, a historic collection and specialist textile art library.

Current Exhibitions

We have some very special and tantalising exhibits booked for 2022 and hope to have captured your interest and hearts. Plenty of advanced notice with many months of exhibits to look forward to. We are located at 76 Queen Street Concord West and welcome visitors weekdays from 9am - 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm (public holidays excluded).

In Conversation by Tara Glastonbury and quilt artists
27 May - 25 June 2023

Social media gives artists the ability to access ideas, opportunities and peers in a direct and immediate way leading to connections and collaborations that would not have been possible in the past.

For many, the online community has led to discovering a whole new genre of art-making and large groups of people with shared textile interests a revelation for those who have worked in isolation.

To explore this concept further Tara Glastonbury invited a group of Australian artists to engage in a quilt dialog with an international artist they first connected with online. Each pair then developed an approach in conversation exchanging materials, celebrating a shared love, building on similarities in style, or meeting in person to create together.

This exhibition is the result of these conversations and sees some of the biggest names in modern quilting exhibiting here for the first time, alongside their Australian counterparts.

Pictured: Magic in Melbourne by Irene Roderick.
Events Program

Artist & Curator Talk
Saturday, 27 May 2023
Tickets from $20

Opening Event
Saturday, 27 May 2023
Free (bookings essential)

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Thrifty by Julie Paterson
28 June - 2 August 2023

We have a huge month planned with the incredible Julie Paterson - painter, printmaker, designer of textiles and brand-new potter. Find her on Instagram @ClothJulie.

Thrifty is an exhibition by artist and textile designer Julie Paterson, focussing on the beauty of visible mending, the joy of repair and the spirit of creative community. Using scraps from her own ClothFabric designs and other pieces that hold significance, Julie s new work will showcase salvaged and mended furnishings and artworks that enrich homes with personal histories.

Thrift - it s not a making-do that we grit our teeth for in tough times. Thrift is about care, economy and empowerment. Thrift slows us down and manages resources for a more sustainable life. Being thrifty is how we can thrive as individuals and communities.

Julie will be in residence during her exhibition, creating a large-scale collaborative artwork with locals, using plants they have grown or foraged in their neighbourhood.

Entitled Community Garden, this hand-printed and slow-stitched artwork will celebrate the nurturing power of working together creatively to make beneficial change.

Teen Workshop - Alter Ego fabric printing
Join us in the July school holidays for a playful printmaking workshop where you create a multi-layered and colourful version of the other you a portrait that s better than any selfie!

Tuesday, 11 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Prices from $135. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.
Click here for more information / bookings.

Australian Fibre Art Awards
5 August - 3 September 2023

The Australian Fibre Art Award (AFAA) showcases the incredible talent of fibre artists from across Australia. First held in 2021, this biennial competition offers a non-acquisitive prize of $2,000. Contemporary artists are invited to submit recent, unseen works made of any fibre-related media, with an expert panel assessing criteria including creativity and technical execution.

AFAA is organised by independent publishing company ArtWear Publications Pty Ltd, producer of quality magazines for the textile and fibre arts, and more recently vintage lovers as well. The Embroiderers Guild NSW is proud to sponsor AFFA and nurture talented fibre artists from across the nation.

The exhibition of AFAA 2023 finalists will be held at host venue Gallery76, with the winner announced at the opening event on Saturday, 5 August.

Click here for more information on the Awards.

Pictured: Hope by Catherine O Leary, winner of AFAA 2021.

Past Exhibitions