Exhibition Tour. OPEN HOUSE: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial 2017

Ema Shin Ema Shin and Tamworth Textile Artists Devoted Body (detail), 2017 Linen, silk, muslin, water-based ink, acrylic ink, cotton thread, woodblock print, block print, urauchi (Chine-collé), natural dye, embroidery 1800 x 2600 mm


OPEN HOUSE: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial 2017

Tour Dates and Exhibition Venues

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW : 28 July - 14 October 2018

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW : 16 November 2018 – 28 January  2019

Artisan - Queensland’s Centre for Craft and Design : 23 February - 27 April 2019

Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW : 10 May - 7 July 1919

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA : 28 July - 8 September 2019

Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, SA : 21September - 24 November 2019

Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC : 6 December 2019 - 26 January 2020

Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn, Vic : 8 February - 15 March 2020

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW : 28 March - 10 May 2020

Australian Design Centre, NSW : 9 June - 29 July 2020


Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial.

All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval.

Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome.    

Exhibition Curator, Glenn Barkley

Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia.



Sally Blake

John Brooks

GhostNets Australia

Gomeroi gaaynggal

ArtsHealth Program

Treahna Hamm

Joy Ivill

Carol McGregor

Rebecca Mayo

Noongar Doll Makers

Community Arts


Raquel Ormella

Julia Robinson

Ema Shin

Jeanette Stok

Meredith Woolnough




Tamworth Regional Gallery

466 Peel Street Tamworth

28 July 2018 - 30 July 2020