This award is an open call-out to NSW and ACT contemporary textile artists. Shortlisted works will be presented at Australian Design Centre in October 2022.

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award (SSCTA) recognises highly skilled and diverse textile artists. Following the successful presentation of the SSCTA in 2018 and 2020, Australian Design Centre is thrilled to present this award for a third time. This year, we will be opening entries to textile and fibre artists from the ACT as well as NSW.

The exhibition of finalists will be held in the newly created second gallery space in the Centre in October-November 2022. Courtesy of our regional partner Tamworth Regional Art Gallery the exhibition will then be presented in Tamworth as part of the ADC On Tour national exhibition touring program.

We are seeking applications from textile artists at any stage of their career residing in NSW and ACT. Applications will close Monday 15 August.

There is no entry fee this year. Works entered should be no greater 650mm x 650mm in size. 2D and 3D works accepted.

Key dates
Tuesday 3 May - applications open
Monday 15 August - applications close
From Monday 15 August - notification of shortlisted artists 
By Friday 30 September - work delivered to ADC
4-6 October - installation
Friday 7 October - Opening night
Friday 7 October - Wednesday 16 November - Australian Design Centre Exhibition 
Saturday 3 December 2022 - Sunday 29 January 2023 - Tamworth Regional Gallery Exhibition

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award - A $1000 cash prize donated by ADC.
Australian Design Centre Award - An opportunity to exhibit in ADC's window gallery Object Space in 2023.


SSCTA was developed by the former Seed Stitch Collective (SSC) with the aim to showcase progressive textile art forms and support artists to get work out of their studios and into the public arena. Founded by Soraya Abidin in 2016, this exhibition was born out of her desire to create opportunities to exhibit alongside like-minded artists. The inaugural exhibition received enormous enthusiasm from both the artists and audience, highlighting the appetite for the award. SSC approached ADC as an exhibition partner in 2018. ADC produced and presented the award as part of the annual Sydney Craft Week Festival in 2018 and 2020. As the Seed Stitch Collective has now disbanded, ADC is the sole presenter in 2022.  

Photo of a woman with lights speaking into a computer for a zoom opening with four women standing  behind in a gallery space.

Lisa Cahill opening Seed Stitch Contemporary Textiles Awards, 2020. Photo: Rhiannon Hopley.

Image (top): Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Essential Worker, 2020, detail. Photo: Rhiannon Hopley
Image: Lisa Cahill, SSCTA20 Opening Night, 2020. Photo: Rhiannon Hopley