Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial comes to Town Hall Gallery

Saturday 1 February – Sunday 15 March

The Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial will show at the Town Hall Gallery from Saturday 1 February until Sunday 15 March as part of its national tour. The exhibition features a range of Australian artists whose work celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textile practice today, with a strong Indigenous, multicultural and environmental focus.

Artists and organisations with work featured in the exhibition include Sally Blake, John Brooks, Gomeroi gaaynggal ArtsHealth Program, GhostNets Australia, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers Community Arts Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stock and Meredith Woolnough. 

Many of the works celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others explore a wide range of subjects such as the landscape and our environment, and the role of an artist in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval.

The exhibition has been curated by Australian artist and writer Glenn Barkley who explains: “lnstagram has made it possible for art and craft makers to survive in a global marketplace. Something made in Newcastle can now be seen online instantaneously by audiences from Paris to Hong Kong. For artists, this has led to an increased awareness, both of the handmade and of the conceptual, and the social limits of craft production.”

Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial has been developed and toured by Tamworth Regional Gallery and is supported by Visions: an Australian Government regional touring program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

Visitors of the exhibition can also come along to a free Exhibition Tour with the curator for a deeper understanding of the artworks, held on opening day, Saturday 1 February, as well as Saturday 14 March. A special Cinema Session will take place on Wednesday 1 February at 6pm of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. With a special introduction from a guest speaker and access to the Arts Bar, the film delves into Diana Vreeland’s 50 years in fashion, working as fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, editor-in-chief of Vogue and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she helped popularise its historical collections. 

Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary public programs, curated exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara. A member of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Town Hall Gallery supports local, national and international artists at varying stage of their careers and offers a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally in a gallery environment.

Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
Saturday 1 February – Sunday 15 March 

Opening: 1 February, 2pm – 4pm

Exhibition tours: 1 February, 1pm – 2pm and 14 March, 2pm – 3pm 


Cinema Session: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel: 12 February, 6pm 

Tickets $10
Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn