Current Exhibitions

Australia Wide Four

The Australia Wide Four travelling exhibition continues on tour in 2015/2016 to the following confirmed venues:

War Quilts Exhibition

Friday 3 July to 22 Nov 2015, 10am-5pm Tues-Sun Curated by Dr Annette Gero
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade, Manly Entry: Free

This year is the hundredth anniversary of WWI. Galleries all around the world are having exhibitions with memories of this war including many in Australia. Gallipoli (2015) is particularly significant as the Australian WWI memory.

Manly Art Gallery and Museum has taken the initiative to put on an exhibition of War Quilts. Although it’s the anniversary of WWI, it seemed a good excuse to show quilts from all wars. Quilts from many sources will be included which came here with the waves of immigration of peoples from all over the world . We aim to show these as well as quilts made here in Australia (which even include some made by mum from blackout fabric during the Japanese attack of Sydney.


Cairns Regional Gallery: 21 August – 27 September 2015

Lucy Carroll’s exhibition, Women in Defence is an exploration of life as a female member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Lucy’s work aims to challenge the public perception of the lives and conditions facing women in the ADF The exhibition is a rich combination of tactile images created by using a multitude of layers, including textiles, painted surfaces and collage.

Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt

Evolution, Change, Challenge28 August to 8 September 2015, Hazelhurst Community Gallery, 10am-5pm daily.
Awards Ceremony 1pm Saturday 29 August

An exhibition of 28 contemporary quilts including artwork by the following OZQN members:

Lucy Carroll
Sue Dennis
Robyn Eves
Dianne Firth
Kay Haerland
Melanie Hill
Alvena Hall
Cathy Jack Coupland
Linden Lancaster
Yvonne Line
Alison Muir
Beth and Trevor Reid
Brenda Gael Smith

Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1850 – 2015

7 August to 5 October 2015, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre, 10am-5pm daily

Labours of Love explores the history of quilting in Australia with exhibits dating from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s in chronological themes: Traditions from Home (Identity, domesticity and gentility); A Virtuous Past Time (Skill and taste on show); Patriotic Voices (Nationalism and participation); Remember Me (Family, friendship and love); Utility and Thrift (The beauty of making do); and Best in Show (Honouring and maintaining the craft). Interspersed within these themes are contemporary works by 11 artists to illustrate current engagement with quilt making. Artists include Judy McDermott, Jan Irvine-Nealie, Judy Hooworth, Pamela Fitzsimons, Carolyn Sullivan, Lucas Grogan, Adrienne Doig, Emma Peters, Paula do Prado, Gillian Lavery and Belinda von Mengersen.