5th Tamworth Textile Triennial Expressions of Interest

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Sybil Orr, Sandstone. (Detail) 1976. Wool, Linen, Cotton, Leather and  Wood. 98 x 294.5cm. Photography: Lou Farina


Expressions of interest are now open for the 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial, to be held in 2023. Expressions of interest are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, age groups, emerging artists and established practitioners.


The 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial builds on the tradition of the Tamworth Fibre Textile exhibitions which first began in 1973, showcasing 50 years 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 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial will provide a forum to explore current issues and trends in textile practice in Australia. Tamworth Regional Gallery is committed to building the profile of the exhibition and engaging with a wider audience.

You can make you submission by completing the electronic Expression of Interest via the Tamworth Regional Council website at the link below, or requesting or downloading a hardcopy version and mailing the EOI to Tamworth Regional Gallery.

Application are now open

Click below to apply via the electronic form

Apply online

Expressions of Interest close at 4pm on Tuesday 26 July, 2022.


Click below to open the printable PDF form


You can a request a hardcopy EOI form here by emailing the Tamworth Regional Gallery. 
Hardcopy application must be postmarked before 26 July 2022. 

Hard copy submissions should be mailed to:

Project Co-Ordinator 5th Textile Triennial
Gomeroi Country
Tamworth Regional Council
PO Box 555
Tamworth NSW 2340

Conditions of Entry

  • Expressions of interest will be accepted from artists living and working in Australia.
  • The panel will not consider any materials submitted, other than those identified in the Submission Checklist.
  • When an artist is selected for the 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial, the artist authorises the reproduction of images of their work, their artist statement and CV in the catalogue, education kit, website, promotion and other material produced for the 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial.
  • Expressions of Interest received electronically or postmarked after the closing date will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Selection Process

The selection process will be in three stages:

Stage One    |    15 May 2022 – 26 July 2022

A panel will be convened in July 2022 to make an initial selection of artists. The factors they will consider will include:

Artistic expression—works that reflect a diversity of cultural ideas

Collaboration— works that extend practice through an engagement with innovation and technology

Creative Process—works that question convention through process and technique

Communication—through playful enquiry, works that employ a rich visual language through narrative and image

Materiality—works that demonstrate sensitivity to the innate and unique qualities that textiles offer: tactility, structure, surface, colour, attention to detail, pattern, a rich history

Interrelated—works that move between disciplines, traditions and contemporary.


Stage Two    |    July 2022

Artists selected in Stage One will be invited to submit a detailed proposal in response to a theme to be determined by the curator. The curator will also arrange a suitable time to visit with artists in their studio.


Stage Three     |    August 202

Artists selected for the 5th Tamworth Textile Triennial will be advised in August.


Shortlisting Process for the 5th TEXTILE TRIENNIAL

If shortlisted, applicants will be contacted by the gallery, and curator Carol Mc Gregor will arrange a visit to their studio to discuss their  practice and concept for the 5th Textile Triennial.

The 5th Textile Triennial selection panel will then select the final artists for inclusion in the triennial.

The artist selected for the exhibition will travel to Tamworth for an online workshop, with curator and gallery staff.  This is opportunity to connect with Gamilaroi country, the Tamworth Textile Collection, the Tamworth Regional Gallery, our community and each other before they commence their 12 month art making for the exhibition.

Artists will receive a fee for their participation in the 5th Textile Triennial as well per diem and travel expenses.

Have questions?

Please contact
Tamworth Regional Gallery     Phone:  02 6767 5248      Email: gallery@tamworth.nsw.gov.au