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Get ready for the Festival of Goldwork in July. Featuring the Exhibition Opening on 2/7 at 4pm and the Goldwork Conference on 23/7 from 9:30-4pm at ACU. Goldwork bookings are open now !


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Gallery 76

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 and Future 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).


Silk Inroads by Natalie Fisher
June 4 - 29 2022

Silk Inroads is a collaborative community project which explores the visual heritage of countries along the ancient Silk Road trade route including Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India.  Throughout June, Gallery 76 will host an exhibition plus events including needlepoint workshops where participants learn how to translate ceramic tile designed into unique needlepoint squares. Beginner and experienced stitchers welcome!

The project is led by artist Natalie Fisher (www.artweave.com.au). Natalie's work has been exhibited in galleries, mosques and Persian rug showrooms in Australia and overseas.  For more details: BOOK NOW !



The Festival of Goldwork
Saturday July 2 (opening at 4pm) and continuing through to August 31 2022

Throughout history, goldwork has been associated with opulence and status. Used to adorn the garments of priests, royalty, the aristocracy, and the military, goldwork has now been embraced by contemporary embroiderers worldwide to create their own spectacular pieces. 

Opening in July, our Goldwork Festival is sure to mesmerise, delight and dazzle you! 

Come along and learn all about the amazing world of goldwork with our 'taster' classes, workshops, presentations and tours

We’ve also organised a one-day conference happening on July 23 at the Australian Catholic University, 25a Barker Street, Strathfield NSW, from 9.30 am to 4 pm.

* Plus, a truly magnificent exhibition of both historic and contemporary goldwork at our marvellous Gallery76 exhibition space.

Download your copy of our comprehensive Special Supplement – it’s your ultimate guide to the Festival. Book now to make sure you don’t miss out!


Program Details

4-Day Workshop - Tree of Life with Alison Cole (July 6 - 10 excluding July 8)

Tree of Life is a large design – about 20cm x 29cm – featuring a Jacobean-styled Tree of Life with flowers, acorns, grapes and pomegranate. The design is worked in Goldwork techniques in shades of gold, green and purple on a background of purple, delustered satin. The piece also features paua shell laminate, opalescent organza, and amethyst beads, alongside the English gilt and coloured metal threads.  You’ll learn a range of padding techniques and application processes, making it an ideal workshop for both experienced embroiders and those new to goldwork.

Time: 10am-3.30pm daily
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: EGNSW Members $480 and Non-Members $720 + booking fee. (Participants will also need to purchase a kit for $150.)  Numbers are strictly limited. The multi-day workshops may be paid by instalment. To secure your spot, call the Guild office on +61 2 9743 2501.


1-Day Workshop - Or Nue with Alison Cole (July 8)

Or Nue (or shaded gold) is a goldwork technique originally produced in France, Flanders and Italy in the mid-1400s. It’s a technique that employs couching stitches in coloured silks to thread-paint the design. The background is couched in a matching metallic so that it’s not seen. Choose your design, then learn the technique with award-winning embroidery artist Alison Cole.

Time: 10am-3.30pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: EGNSW Members $120 and Non-Members $180 + booking fee. (Participants will also need to purchase a kit; prices start at $25.) Please call the Guild office on +61 2 9743 2501 to register.


Talk - 'Goldwork and her Private Collection Treasures' with Alison Cole (July 8)

Alison Cole is an award-winning embroidery artist who specialises in goldwork and stumpwork.

Alison has been embroidering for 30 years, but had always been around embroidery as a child, as her mother was a professional seamstress. She has fond memories of sorting her mother’s threads into colourways.

Her achievements in the field of embroidery are many. Some of the highlights include:

· In 2005, Alison received Commendation for Stitching Excellence from the Embroiderers’ Guild UK for their ‘Picture This’ competition and the People’s Choice Award at the Embroiderer’s Guild Victoria Annual Exhibition for her “Jacobean Elegance” piece.

· In 2007, Alison was an Artist in Residence for a project with the Southwestern Branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild Victoria.

· She was commissioned to embroider a piece of goldwork for the front cover of the UK magazine ‘Stitch with the Embroiderers’ Guild’ for their 50th issue.

You can learn more about Alison on her website.

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: $25 + booking fee.


'Two Hour' Taster Classes - Goldwork with Sharyn Hutchens (July 11, 17, 22 or 28)

Have you ever looked at gold embroidery threads and wondered what to do with them? Well, this is your opportunity to find out. All you need is curiosity and enthusiasm for learning a wonderful new technique.

A Guild member since 1995, Sharyn is an Accredited Tutor and Accredited Judge: “Over the years I have taught many different techniques and love seeing the enjoyment of students as they create a beautiful piece of embroidery.”

Time: 10am-noon
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: Each two hour taster costs $20 + booking fee! The class on 11 July includes all materials. Classes on 17, 22 and 28 July will focus on 'design' and participants will need to purchase a kit for $5.


Talk - 'The History of Hand & Lock and The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery' with Alastair Macleod, Chairman, Hand & Lock (July 21)


Hand & Lock has specialised in goldwork since 1767, over which time it has created spectacular, bespoke pieces for the British Royal Family, the British military and couture fashion houses including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.

Alistair Macleod comes from a long line of tailors, with both his father and grandfather practicing the craft, and in 1998 his family bought the company that is known today as Hand & Lock. The prestigious Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery was established in 2000 and receives entries from all over the world.

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: $50 + booking fee. Includes light refreshments.


Talk - 'Metal Thread Stitches in English Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Needlework' with Di Fisher (July 22)

Di shares her passion and speciality in English medieval, early Tudor Elizabethan, and Stuart needlework or counted embroidery based on her thesis “English Counted Embroidery from the 13th to the 17th Centuries”. Di has been studying and analysing the extensive variety of counted stitches in the work of early English embroiderers.

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: $25 + booking fee.


Festival of Goldwork 1-Day Conference (Saturday July 23)

Hear from some of the world’s leading goldwork experts covering topics as diverse as medieval ‘stumpwork’ and the ancient craft of Japanese goldwork. 
Speakers include:  Alastair Macleod 'Welcome Address,' Alison Snepp 'Opus Anglicanum,' Mary Brown 'Cultural Diffusion in the History of Goldwork Embroidery,' Dr. Jessica Grim 'Late Medieval Stumpwork in the German Speaking World,' Dianne Conomos 'The Ancient Craft of Japanese Goldwork – and the Crusade to Keep it Alive,' plus more...

Time: 9.30am-4.00pm
Venue: Australian Catholic University (ACU), 25a Barker St, Strathfield
Tickets: $120 +booking fee. Includes morning tea and lunch.


2-Day Workshop - Threaded Straight Stitches Sampler with Di Fisher (July 24-25)

Choose your own linen and threads to create your very own sampler. Di has used a 32-count Permin ‘Lambswool’ linen, but she encourages students to embroider in a different thread if they choose. For the stitches, she has used guilt passing and some silver passing and silk threads. 

Time: 10am-3.30pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: EGNSW Members $240 and Non-Members $360 + booking fee. (No kit. Requirements list supplied to participants.) Numbers are strictly limited. The multi-day workshops may be paid by instalment. To secure your spot, call the Guild office on +61 2 9743 2501.


Talk – ‘Goldwork in a Contemporary Setting’ with Alastair Macleod, Chairman, Hand & Lock (July 26)


Hand & Lock has specialised in goldwork since 1767, over which time it has created spectacular, bespoke pieces for the British Royal Family, the British military and couture fashion houses including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. While the organisation’s embroidery methods are rooted in the past, it also embraces new opportunities which propel it to the forefront of design.

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: $50 + booking fee. Includes light refreshments.


Tour - Goldwork Secrets of the Embroiderers' Guild NSW (August 4 & repeated August 13)

Join us for a guided tour of the Festival of Goldwork exhibition to learn more about significant items from the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Historic Collection included in the show. Participants will also go ‘behind-the-scenes’ to view a number of spectacular goldwork embroideries which were too fragile to put on public display.

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Gallery76, 76 Queen St, Concord West
Tickets: $25 + booking fee. Members $20 + booking fee.


Tour – Mary Brown’s Studio, Denistone (August 16 & repeated August 20)

Mary Brown is an artist embroiderer who specialises in goldwork. She was trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in England and in 2007 published a book, “Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects.” Join us on a tour of her studio and private library, including a glimpse of her latest work, then stay to enjoy morning tea prepared by Mary.

Read our feature article on Mary in the Special Goldwork Supplement Edition or on her website. Places are limited, so book in today!

Time: 10.00am - 11.00am
Venue: Denistone, 2114 (full address confirmed closer to date)
Tickets: $25 + booking fee. Members $20 + booking fee.



The Roma Field 'Traditional Embroidery' Competition
Opening on  Oct 8 at 4pm with the Exhibition continuing through until Oct 30

Advanced notice to all that we have called for members to enter in this prestigious competition. The Roma Field competition fosters the achievement of traditional embroidery design and techniques. Entry details for Members are available now

We look forward to welcoming guests and visitors to the exhibition, please mark this in your calendar.


Past Exhibitions