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This award is an open call-out to NSW contemporary textile artists. An exhibition at Australian Design Centre will feature shortlisted works.

This year we’re excited to announce a regional venue exhibition to follow as part of our ADC on Tour national touring program. Leveraging the relationships that we have with our tour venue partners the exhibition will tour to Tamworth Regional Gallery in late November. This is a great opportunity for shortlisted exhibitors to gain broader exposure to a regional NSW audience.


Australian Design Centre (ADC), in partnership with Seed Stitch Collective (SSC) is calling for applications from NSW textile artists to take part in the biennial Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards (SSCTA) to be exhibited at ADC in October/November. Following on from the success of Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award 2018, ADC is thrilled to present this award for a second time in 2020.

SSCTA seek submissions from textile artists at any stage of their career residing in NSW. This is an open competition aimed at recognising highly skilled and diverse NSW textile artists.

Key dates

Monday 27 July - Applications Closed

From Monday 17 August - Notification of shortlisted artists 

by Friday 2 October - Work Delivered to ADC

6-8 October - Installation

9 October - Exhibition Open

Friday 9 October - Tuesday 17 November - Australian Design Centre Exhibition 

Saturday 28 November 2020 - Sunday 2 February 2021 - Tamworth Regional Gallery Exhibition

Judging Panel

Lisa Cahill – CEO & Artistic Director Australian Design Centre

Niki McDonald – Seed Stitch Collective

Special guest judges to be announced


Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award - $1000 sponsored by Skein Sisters

Australian Design Centre Award - Object Space Gallery window exhibition

Skein Sisters Yarn Innovation Award - $250 Gift voucher and $250 cash

We Love your Work, Seed Stitch Collective Award - $300 support towards materials, workshop or exhibition costs

Find out more about the Seed Stitch Collective here.

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Image top: Christina Newberry, Vintage Puzzle 2016, Photo: Rhiannon Hopely
Image bottom: SSCTA 2018 at Australian Design Centre, Photo: Courtesy of ADC

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 2018