Art Quilt Australia

Call for Entries - Art Quilt Australia 2019Art Quilt Australia is a biennial juried exhibition open to textile artists resident in Australia and New Zealand and OZQN members worldwide. Entries close on 31 May 2019. Submission is via the online entry form only.

Art Quilt Australia 2019 will be on exhibition at the National Wool Museum, Geelong from 6 September until 15 December 2019 and tour to Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, Victoria from 8 February-16 May 2020. Participation in the tour is optional.

Art Quilt Australia, which includes Expressions: the Wool Quilt Prize, seeks to promote excellence and innovation in contemporary art quilts in Australia. There is over $6000 in prizes, comprising:

  • $3000 for Expressions: The Wool Quilt Prize, for a wool quilt The winner of the Expressions prize is acquired by the National Wool Museum  for its permanent collection;
  • $3000 for the non-acquisitive OZQN Award of Excellence, which is open to all quilts; and
  • $500 awards for Highly Commended in both categories.

See the AQA 2019 Conditions of Entry for further information.

Key Dates

  • 1 February 2019: Online entry opens
  • 31 May 2019: Deadline for online entries (11.59pm Perth time)
  • 15 July 2019: Notification of selection
  • 30 August 2019: Due date for delivery of works to National Wool Museum
  • 5 September 2019: Opening event and award of prizes
  • 6 September 2019:  AQA2019 open to the public
  • 15 December 2019: Exhibition closes at National Wool Museum
  • 15 January 2020: Latest date for return or collection or return of work not travelling
  • 8 February 2020: Exhibition opens at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum Lilydale, Victoria
  • 16 May 2020: Exhibition closes at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
  • 15 June 2020: Latest date for collection or return of work from Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Highlights from the Conditions of Entry:

  1. Quilt definition: For the purposes of this exhibition, a quilt is defined as “a stitched, layered textile incorporating any material and employing any technique“.
  2. No theme: The exhibition has no theme so you are free to develop your own ideas and put forward the best work from your portfolio.
  3. Size: Large quilts are encouraged. Maximum height 250cm. Maximum width is 200cm. Minimum perimeter 300cm (sum of all sides). For unusually sized or shaped works, please contact.
  4. Completion Date & Exhibition: Quilts must have been completed in 2017, 2018 or 2019 and must not have been exhibited elsewhere in Victoria.
  5. Expressions: Wool Quilt Prize: To be eligible for this prize, quilts must be non-traditional; be made predominantly of wool (including all layers and materials); have at least 60% wool on the visible quilt surface; and nominated on the entry form.
  6. Sales: Quilts may be for sale. Further information will be provided to artists selected.
  7. Fees:  The entry fee for OZQN members is $30 for up to two quilts and for non-members the fee is $50. Artists selected must also pay an extra contribution of $25 per work for OZQN members and $35 per work for non-members. Payment may be made by credit card  or direct deposit.
  8. Copyright: There is a comprehensive section about intellectual property and copyright, to protect the rights of artists while permitting OZQN, the National Wool Museum and the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum to best promote the exhibition and the artists whose work has been selected.
  9. Photography: Clear, high quality photography is ESSENTIAL. The work should appear as you would wish it to be reproduced in the catalogue and other media. Images must be at least 1500 pixels on the longest side.  The online entry form accepts images up to 5MB in size each.