Opening + Award Announcement – Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

Saturday 1 June  | 2 – 4pm


You are cordially invited to the Official Opening Event + Award Announcement of the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019



Order of Proceedings

Rural City of Wangaratta
Mayor  Dean Rees

Award Patron
Associate Professor Liz Williamson
UNSW Art & Design

Awards Announcement + Opening
Jason Smith
Director & CEO Geelong Gallery


Jason Smith – Judge of the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019


Jason Smith is the Director of Geelong Gallery. He has most recently been curator of the survey Fred Williams in You Yangs, and he was the initiating curator and member of the international curatorial team for the acclaimed touring exhibition Making Modernism: O’Keeffe, Preston & Cossington Smith. He was previously Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art; Director & CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art; Director of Monash Gallery of Art; and Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has individually and collaboratively curated over 50 solo, group and thematic exhibitions including major surveys of the works of Howard Arkley, Peter Booth, Louise Bourgeois, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Stephen Benwell and Kathy Temin. He has written on the works of more than 150 artists for a range of publications.


Image: Jason Smith, Photographer Matthew Wren



Liz Williamson – Award Patron

Liz Williamson is an academic and weaver based in Sydney, Australia. She has been weaving since the late 1970’s and is still fascinated with the process and potential of interlacing two sets of threads on a loom. Her practice is wide ranging – from designing for industry; exhibition artwork; production weaving of wraps and scarves in her Sydney studio; teaching weaving workshops nationally and internationally; and more recently engaging with artisan groups in Asian as an advisor and for production of her Woven in Asia range of wraps and scarves. At the heart of her weaving, is an interest in innovative, experimental and unusual designs created at the loom.

Williamson has been involved in education for over 22 years and is currently an Associate Professor and convener for textiles at UNSW Art & Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney. She regularly teaches a ‘course in Gujarat, India titled Cultural textiles’ introducing emerging designers to issues develop projects, ways of working with artisan groups and social enterprises. In 2018 Williamson curated Local Colour: experiments in nature an exhibition of contemporary textiles of artists addressing environmental concerns through artworks coloured with locally sourced plant dyes and pigments, shown at the UNSW Galleries, Sydney from 28 July to 15 September 2018.




Photo by Angus Lee Forbes, commissioned by Australian Design Centre for the exhibition ‘Obsessed: compelled to make’.




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Image: Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Opening 2017