Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2017 Winner Announced

 Posted: 15-06-2017

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

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.

Now in its fifth year, the awardand the exhibition is a highlight of the contemporary textile calendar across the nation and brings a dedicated audience of professional textile artist’s enthusiasts to the Wangaratta region.

The winner 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,

Reflecting on the winning work, Camm responded saying,

‘A feature of Parkes' practice is his recuperation of discarded utilitarian cloth through meticulous and time-bound stitching. This process of altering cloth though mending and embellishment seeks to highlight, rather than diminish, what the artist Jenny Watson has called the 'cultural quotient' of cloth.  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.’

To compliment the exhibition and Award there is a program of events including the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Forum which was a highlight of the award weekend on Sunday 4 June, the program continues throughout June with specialist artist workshops from Louise Saxton and Ema Shin.

For more information on the WCTA Program of events visit:

Booking is essential for all events please call - (03) 5722 0865

Last Updated: 15-06-2017

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