Australian Fibre Art Award (AFAA)


The Australian Fibre Art Award is a biennial juried non-acquisitive award of $2000 being run, for the first time, in 2021.


Contemporary fibre artists, working in any style of media, from across Australia are invited to enter.


The artworks chosen as finalists will be exhibited in an exhibition in 2021 as well as being part of a limited-edition accompanying book.


In addition to the $2000 AFAA, sponsored by ArtWear Publications, there now three other non-acquisitive prizes, each of $500 – 


  1. Judges’ Highly Commended (Sponsored by ArtWear Publications)
  2. Excellence in Felt (Sponsored by Gentle Roller Co.)
  3. Viewers’ Choice (Sponsored by ArtWear Publications )


Important Dates :

Monday 5th July 2021 – Entries Due

Monday 19th July 2021 – Finalists notification

The following dates may change due to COVID-19 lockdowns in Sydney:

Friday 20th August to Wednesday 1st September 2021 – delivery of finalists’ artworks to Gallery76, The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc., 76 Queen Street, Concord West.
(slight error in T’s & C’s which has Tuesday 20th August, instead of Friday 20th August ☺)

4th September to 3rd October 2021 Exhibition dates, Gallery76

4th September Exhibition opening and announcement of AFAA winner

From close of exhibition to Tuesday 12th October 2021 – pick up / return of artworks



Our judges for AFAA 2021:

Rie Natalenko – Editor of Yarn magazine, Rie is a passionate craftsperson: felting, working with textiles, knitting, sewing, crochet, appliqué, fabric painting, embroidery, spinning, weaving. Rie has a doctorate in creative writing and is also an educator. She is the face behind “The Write Impression”. 

Denise Stevens – In Denise’s words: ‘After a long and satisfying scientific career, during which I was also actively involved in the textile arts as another creative outlet, I now only pursue my fibre passions, particularly in weaving. My primary interest is in tapestry weaving but I also weave on multi-shaft looms and occasionally with basketry materials. Each presents its own challenges and delights.’

Liz Williamson – Liz is a weaver, academic and textile artist based on Gadigal and Wangal lands of the Eora nation in the Inner West of Sydney. With her practice spanning 40 years and work in numerous public collections, she is still fascinated with the process and potential of interlacing two sets of threads on her loom. Liz has been involved in education for 30 years and is currently an Honorary Associate Professor, UNSW, Sydney.

(Click the red links to see more of Rie and Liz – Denise does not have an online presence)



Entry form with Terms and Conditions: 

Click on the red link: Australian Fibre Art Award entry form

Important points are:

  • Entries invited from contemporary, creative fibre artists from across Australia, working in any style of fibre media.
  • Entries should be created with fibres as a starting point, not a commercially purchased textile (even if it’s considered to be made from fibres). Clarification: commercially purchased YARNS are NOT considered to be commercially purchased textiles, so please feel free to use them as a starting point for your artworks.
  • Entries must not have been publicly displayed in full or part by any means, electronic or otherwise.
  • Entries must be for sale.
  • Artists may submit up to three works for consideration.
  • Entries due Monday 5th  July 2021.


Please check back here regularly for all the latest news, as well as by liking and following the AFAA Facebook page




Gallery76 is a public exhibition space located on street level of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. headquarters. The building has been recently redeveloped into a three story ‘Centre of Excellence for Embroidery and Textile Arts‘, containing multiple gallery spaces and several workshop areas. The mission is to connect community, whilst promoting the creation and education of Fibre Art.





Sponsorship – Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the AFAA.



Our Sponsors:



ArtWear Publications Pty Ltd

Publishers of Australia’s own well respected craft and lifestyle magazines: Embellish, Felt, Yarn, Textile Fibre Forum and Vintage Made.




The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc.

Encouraging the art of embroidery with a high standard of design and technique, the ‘Guild’ is a not-for-profit membership body for anyone and everyone who loves to stitch or would love to learn. People of all ages and walks of life join the Guild for all sorts of reasons: following their creative urge; mastery of a new skill; a love of traditional crafts; memories of learning from family members; the company of like-minded people – just to name a few!




Gentle Roller Company

The Gentle Roller is a new device for an ancient craft – a wet felt rolling machine invented for fibre artists of the 21st Century. It is a break-through in the exhausting and repetitive process of hand rolling, helping you to create better felt or nuno felt — without hard work. The Gentle Roller has a patented oscillating (forward and backward) action, replicating the action of hand rolling. This compact, safe, and attractive tool will complement your studio and work quietly beside you, freeing you for more important activities like planning your next piece or enjoying a well-earned break.




Knit Spin Weave














Tafta Inc



Genesis Creations



Marlyn Alpaca



Snowy Creek Engineering



The Thread Studio