Hanging by a Thread 2020 - Conditions of Entry

February 23, 2020

Hanging by a Thread
WAFTA 2020 Members’ Exhibition

Holmes á Court Gallery@no.10

September 17 – 27, 2020

A PDF of this information is available for download HERE

Edited: June 27, 2020

The WAFTA Management Committee is delighted to invite you to participate in the 2020 Members’ Exhibition at the Holmes á CourtGallery@no.10, 10 Douglas Street West Perth.

Our aim is to promote the diversity of textile art practices in Western Australia. All WAFTA Members are encouraged to enter and showcaseWestern Australian fibre and textile art. The exhibition theme Hanging by aThread challenges artists to interpret the relationship of humanity to its environment and where we find ourselves entering the 2020 decade. Your artwork should consider sustainable techniques and materials.


08.01.2020 Online applications open

14.03.2020 Deadline to submit online Artwork Submission Form and pay Entry Fee

18.07.– 19.07.2020 Photography of artworks for catalogue - one artwork/exhibitor

18.07. – 19.07.2020 Artist statements and artist bios/CVs submitted (see below)

11.09.2020 Artworks to be delivered for hanging to Holmes á Court Gallery@no.10, 10 Douglas Street West Perth. Time to be advised.

16.09.2020 Exhibition Opening

17.9. – 27.09.2020 Hanging by a Thread WAFTA MembersExhibition

28.09.2020 Collection of Artworks from Holmes á Court Gallery@no.10, 10 Douglas Street West Perth2:00PM – 4:00PM


Entrants must be financial members of WAFTA, at application and during the exhibition.

The entry process is through the ‘Hanging by a Thread’Exhibition page on the WAFTA website at wafta.com.au. Paper applications will not be accepted.

1.    Artists may submit a multiple number of works.Diptych or triptych works or a series that will be displayed as one work, and are to be sold together, are considered as one work and require only one application form.

2.    If they are to be sold separately, they are separate works and will require separate application forms.

3.    The entry fee is $70 for one work, $90 for two works, and $110 for three works.

4.    Entries and entry payments must be received before midnight 14.03.2020.

5.    Artworks must be the artist’s original design and creation. On application, the artist warrants their entry is original, is the property of the artist and does not infringe any third-party rights.

6.    On application, the artist permits, without fee, the reproduction of images and information pertaining to the artist and their artwork. Images and information may be used in the exhibition catalogue, on websites, publicity and associated publications (electronic or otherwise)relating to WAFTA.

7.    Entries must be new work, made in the twelve(12) months prior to the exhibition.


Textile art requirements

8.    The work must have a textile component. Consider both the material and the methods of holding the chosen materials together. For example, metal could be used, providing it is shaped, joined or welded using a traditional textile technique, such as looping, weaving.

9.    Artists should address the exhibition title,“Hanging by a Thread”, and aim to produce sustainable artwork. Where possible, artists are encouraged to use ‘stashed’ and recycled materials, and natural fibres and treatments.

10.  In order to achieve a cohesive exhibition aesthetic, artists are encouraged to work with natural tones, and use a muted colour palette for the greater part of their work.

11.  Art work will be displayed hanging or suspended from trusses, as floor work, on plinths, and suspended proud of display walls.

12.  To achieve a practical hang and a consistent aesthetic, artists are asked to work within the following dimensions:

A. Hanging work:

- For 2D - 3 metres long x 50 cm– 75 cm wide and weighing less than 5 kgs. These works will be hung vertically from the shortest side, so artists are asked to make a 10cm pocket along one short edge to facilitate hanging. Both sides of these works will be visible.Please note: WAFTA strongly encourages entries in this category;

- For 3D - 3 metres maximum height, width and depth dimensions variable, and weighing less than 5 kgs.Artists are asked to include a point on the work from which it can be hung.

B. Plinth work: Artist should work to a plinth size 40 cm x 40 cm, and the final work should be less than 2metres in height from the plinth top.

C. Floor work: Work should be less than 1 metre square at the base, and no more than 3 metres in height.

D. Suspended Proud to the Wall work: To maximum width of 2 metres and a maximum length of 1.2 metres and weighing less than 5 kgs.

Text requirements

By 18.07– 19.07.2020, artists must submit a short artist’s statement for each work (150 words or less). This must include a title, year, the medium and techniques used, dimensions and an asking price, if the work is for sale. (Please note: Works do not have to be for sale and no commission will be taken.) Exhibitors making multiple works are required to write artist statements for each work unless they are part of a series. Exhibitors are also invited to submit one page of information about themselves and their practice. Template documents will be provided for this purpose.

At that time, artists should include a thumbnail image and indicate how they would prefer their work to be displayed(using photos, notes or diagrams), while accepting that their preferred option may not be realised. The curator is responsible for all decisions about the exhibition hang.

This information is to be submitted online and a printed copy (as backup) should be provided to the exhibition committee at the photography weekend.

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·      The printed and online catalogue will feature an artwork image and the corresponding artist statement from each exhibitor.

·      Artist statements for additional works will be used in gallery didactics and/or floor sheets.

·      A print copy of ‘About the artists’ will be available for reference at the gallery reception.

Artwork delivery and collection

13.  Artworks to be delivered to Holmes á Court Gallery@no.10, 10Douglas Street West Perth on 11.09.2020. Time to be advised.

14.  WAFTA will provide insurance of works, to the value of the artist’s stated selling price, up to a limited liability of $2,500. Additional insurance for works valued over $2,500 will be the responsibility of the artist.

15.  Artworks are to be collected from Holmes á Court Gallery@no.10, 10 Douglas Street WestPerth between 2.00PM–4.00PM Monday 28.09.2020. There are no facilities for storage so please arrange for others to collect your work, if you are unable to do so.

16.  All enquiries regarding these Conditions of Entry shall be referred to the WAFTA at exhibitions@wafta.com.au


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