The sixth biennial WCTA will be held in 2019. Each incarnation sees professional Australian artists working in any style of textile media invited to submit an entry for consideration within a competitive selection process. A judging panel consisting of the Wangaratta Art Gallery Director and two respected professionals then selects a shortlist of finalists for the Award exhibition at the Gallery over the winter months.
The value of the Award in 2019 will be $10,000 including GST. and includes the permanent acquisition of the winning work to the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.
Wangaratta has a long and prominent history of textiles, both in manufacturing and as a craft form. Wangaratta Art Gallery builds upon this unique tradition through the presentation of this outstanding award which is guaranteed to appeal to everyone, local and regional residents and visitors alike.
In addition to the main award exhibition in Gallery1, concurrent textile exhibitions are held in Gallery2 and in the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Foyer Gallery. The WCTA also coincides with the biennial Wangaratta Stitched Up Textile Festival.
This program is developed to enrich textiles in Wangaratta and across Australia, it will assist in ensuring that contemporary Australian textile art is highly valued and supported now and into the future.