EXHIBITIONS    Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2017

Wangaratta Art Gallery

03.06.17 to 06.08.17


Image: John PARKES, Conflagration, 2017, cotton, wool cloth, cotton thread, hand stitch, discharge and overdye, enamel paint stains, 137 x 125cm. Winner of the 2017 WCTA. Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.



This biennial nationally significant award has been presented by Wangaratta Art Gallery since 2009, and will again be a showcase of textile artistry and talent from across Australia. 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 continues to recognise the high calibre practice that Australian artists provide to the national and international textile tableau.

Winner 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award
Textile artist John Parkes was awarded the prestigious acquisitive $10,000, 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award for his textile artwork Conflagration.

The winner John Parkes was announced at the official opening and announcement of award on Saturday 3 June. Endorsed by the Award Patron Assoc. Professor Liz Williamson from UNSW Art & Design and Judged by the Director Ararat Regional Art Gallery Anthony Camm,
Camm reflected on Parkes winning work by stating, “In making this work, John has engaged in a slow and gentle dialogue with three very different pieces of cloth.  He has honored the inherent memory in this material through a creative act of redemption that challenges our thinking about singularity and temporality.”Parkes was selected from a presentation of 40 finalists representing professional Australian textile artists who are working at the forefront of this most diverse contemporary medium.

Anthony Camm, Director Ararat Regional Art Gallery was the Official Judge for the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2017.

The WCTA 2017 Official Award Patron is Associate Professor Liz Williamson, UNSW Art & Design.

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