The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award

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Despite the postponement of The Festival of Quilts 2020, The Fine Art Textiles Award returns for its second year in 2020.

FATA is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium.

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award will recognise the creative talents and skills of a broad community of high-calibre artists (including quilters) and will celebrate textiles’ rightful place amongst high art.

Our aim is to present work that meets the following criteria and is of a standard that:

  • Would be considered as fine art and worthy of premium gallery space
  • Transcends its craft or making process, standing alone as visual art.
  • Is clearly rooted in and reflecting of the inspiration, source, concept or idea of the artist, with fully resolved composition.
  • Is rooted within the medium of textile, meaning that cloth and thread are used as the pivotal materials/media.
  • Both 2D and 3D works are welcome, with the exception of garments unless said garments present as fine art. All disciplines, processes and media are therefore welcome, as long as the key/pivotal materials are clearly rooted in textiles. Without providing an exhaustive list, in terms of process this might include hand and/or machine stitch, weaving, collage/piecing, wrapping or binding, thread ‘drawing’, surface design, knitting and crochet. In terms of media, other elements can be incorporated such as dyes, discharge media, paint, paper, resin, wax and so forth.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to adjust a number of things about the Award, including the jurying process. Both rounds of the award (the initial jurying and the final selection) will be done remotely via Zoom.

Applications closed in early June and the jurying took place in late July with a final selection taking place the first week in August. The shortlisted works will be shown on the website from early August, and will also be featured in The Limited Edition Festival of Quilts Magazine which can be purchased here.

Applications for 2021 will open by March next year

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award is sponsored by