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The Joyce Spencer Textile Awards are to support regional NSW textile artists or collectives to deliver new artworks or exhibitions.

Round 4 EOIs now open and close on 2 June 2024

Joyce Spencer
Joyce Spencer (1928-2019) was an artist who lived in Narrandera and liked making ‘things’ associated with arts and crafts, exploring the history and techniques of weaving, painting, ceramics and more. Joyce loved sharing her knowledge by teaching and giving workshops. Joyce published five books, with “Folk Art Cards” a best seller among craft circles. Joyce’s personal motto was “a creative mess is better than tidy idleness.”

About The Awards
The Joyce Spencer Textile Awards are to support regional NSW textile artists or collectives to deliver new artworks or exhibitions. Named after the textile artist Joyce Spencer (1928 – 2019), the awards are made possible with funds from the Spencer family and Western Riverina Arts, in partnership with the Cad Factory.

Support Given
One fellowship of $4000 will be awarded to a mid-career artist or group to assist in achieving their outcome, with a further $1500 awarded to a highly commended artist. One mentorship of $500 will be awarded to an emerging artist to assist in achieving their outcome, they will also receive a one-hour mentorship session (in person or via Zoom) with a suitable senior textile artist. 

Selection Criteria
1. The lead artist must reside in regional NSW. Regional NSW does not include; Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.
2. Lead regional NSW artists can work with people/groups/artists not located in regional NSW.
3. New textile artworks could be made for festivals, site-specific outcomes, exhibitions, performances or any kind of public presentation.

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be asked to submit their application via an online Google form. A downloadable version of the form will also be available.

To apply
The form will ask you to include:

  • Name, pronouns, date of birth, contact information, local regional arts board.
  • Which award you are applying for (mid-career or emerging)
  • 500 words about your project or exhibition.
  • 1 page CV of each artist involved.
  • Confirmation letter of where the project will be presented. Eg letter from a gallery, local council, RADO, arts organisation etc outlining you have a confirmed venue or site-specific location.
  • Up to 10 images of work with clearly labelled titles

Round 4
Round 4 applications will open on Wednesday 1 May 2024 and close on Sunday 2 June 2024 at midnight. All applicants will be notified of the results on Friday 14 June 2024. Proposed projects should be delivered between July 2024 and December 2026. 

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