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The second biennial Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award was held from 4 June – 17 July 2011. Over 200 entries by 134 artists were received, with 44 artworks by 42 artists selected to be involved in the award exhibition.
The selection panel for 2011 included Director of Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Anthony Camm; Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Antonia Syme; and Wangaratta Art Gallery Director, Dianne Mangan. 2011 Judge Valerie Kirk announced the winner of the $5000 acquisitive award at the exhibition opening at 11am on Saturday 4 June. Award patron Liz Williamson also spoke at the opening which was enjoyed by a large audience of textile artists, enthusiasts and community members alike. An exciting and informative Textile Forum was held following the opening and award announcement with guest speakers Valerie Kirk and Anthony Camm and 2009 award winner Mandy Gunn.
image: Patrick Snelling, 8.9, 2010-11, digital and handprinted textiles. Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection. Winner of the 2011 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award.