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The inaugural Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award was held in 2009, with entries received from 109 artists representing every state and territory within Australia.
36 artists were selected to partake in the exhibition which was on display at the Wangaratta Art Gallery from 20 June – 19 July. The entries submitted covered diverse materials and techniques of traditional and contemporary textile art forms, presented in a contemporary format. Liz Williamson (Head of School of Design Studies & Textile Co-ordinator, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales) was judge.
Ms Williamson announced Mandy Gunn’s woven rubber sculptural piece Fire Sticks as the 2009 award winner at the official exhibition launch on Saturday 20 June.
image: Mandy Gunn, Firesticks (Burn Out Series), 2009, shredded inner tubes woven on cotton, wood. Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection. Winner of the 2009 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award.