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National Textile Collection

National Textile Collection


National Textile Collection






Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the 1970s. The gallery has focused on developing an Australian textile collection that embraces all related art and craft forms. The nationally significant collection comprises excellent examples of works that document the changes in textile practice over the past 40 years. The collection includes works by some of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed textile artists, as well as by local craftspeople and regional artists. It has made a significant contribution to the ongoing discourse surrounding contemporary craft practice in Australia, creating an important record of the changing nature and progress of textile practice from a national perspective. The Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial developed from a survey exhibition first held in 1975 to showcase the most innovative fibre textile works from the previous two years, into a curated exhibition recognised nationally as Australia’s pre-eminent textile exhibition. The first Tamworth Textile Triennial was held in 2011. The event marked an important new phase in the evolution of the Tamworth Regional Gallery’s Textile Collection. The Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia, wide audiences and critical review. Each triennial engages a guest curator, who devises a theme-based exhibition for artists working in the textile medium. The 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial is curated by Glenn Barkley and opens at the gallery in October 2017. 'The Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition is fast becoming justifiably central to the development of Australian Textiles, exhibiting works which are at the forefront of the new thinking, eccentric at times but forward looking.' David Green, Chairman, Crafts Board of The Australia Council

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