In a ‘Nutshell’ what is Fibre Arts Australia:
It is a 5-day creative residential workshop that is a memorable, life-affirming experience. Whether you’re someone who would like a break to focus on learning from the best, the most popular and the most interesting artists and craftsmen from around the world, or you simply want to chill out with interesting and like-minded people whilst learning something inspirational and creative, you’ll find the venue and the ambiance at a Fibre Arts Australia event just fabulous!
Where is it held?
The main venue for the workshops is Ballarat Grammar in Ballarat that is about 1.5 hours west of Melbourne. It has amazing workshop facilities, dedicated professional gallery, industrial style kitchen with a great chef who provides amazing food.
After July 2017, Fibre Arts will be adding another venue into the program…St John’s College, Woodlawn. It is 20 minutes north of Lismore in Northern NSW. A school that has boarding facilities, industrial kitchen and great workshop areas.
Does Fibre Arts provide accommodation?
We sure do! All accommodation and meals whilst you are at a Fibre Arts Australia event…that is if you want to live-in! You can of course, choose to be a Day student and find your own accommodation. The rooms are very comfortable and you can choose single, twin share or ‘more the merrier’ options. All linen and bedding is provided, but you will need to bring your pillow! There is ample parking space on site
What are the workshop facilities like?
The facilities at the school are great... with a dedicated arts centre, where most of the workshops are held.
What kinds of tools and equipment does Fibre Arts have?
You are sent a requirements list from the tutor, this is concise and allows you to carry a lot or a little! Sometimes the tutor does supply some requirements and that small amount is paid to the tutor.
How many people are usually enrolled in the classes?
Normally 10 minimum and 15 max. There will be 20 other tutors teaching at the same time... but different techniques!
Are there Traders?
Specialist textile and book traders at Fibre Arts provide an opportunity to purchase or order textile supplies!
As a Student do I have a chance to sell my art work?
Yes! We call it a “Pop-Up Shop”! Tutors and students will have the opportunity to sell their own work on two nights during the event (Only handmade products are to be sold, or publications of your own work, ie. books, DVDs). The cost of a Pop-Up Shop table is $35. Contact us to book! It is a great place to show everyone just what you make!
Are there other fundraising activities?
Funny you should ask that! For years now Fibre Arts has been having ‘compact’ exhibitions! 15x15x15. A Fundraiser for Fibre Arts Scholarships
Purchase fabulous Artwork for a very princely sum of “$15”!
Not an essential for you to be involved, but something to add to the pizzazz of the event at Ballarat!
You make a Piece of Art to be displayed at the Fibre Arts event all week, no larger than 15cms x 15cms.
Any medium you prefer.. mount it ready to hang and bring your masterpiece and leave them with one of the “Golden Team” when you register. You can make as many as you like…no restrictions on number only size!!
Does Fibre Arts have a charity that they support?
Why…yes we do!!! And we support it by selling ‘intimate art pieces’! Let me explain…
Fibre Arts Australia supports MIND
Mind Australia supports clients with Mental Health issues, to live independent, productive and satisfying lives through a comprehensive range of services.
To raise money for this charity, Fibre Arts Golden Team has an “INTIMATE EXHIBITION”
This very small and intimate exhibition will be set up the same way as the very successful 15x15x15…
only these pieces will “10x10x10”
10cms x 10cms for $10.
You make a piece of work that is 10x10 (4 inches square in the old language!!)
They will be displayed near the 15x15 wall and you will be able to purchase them for
a wonderful sum of $10!!
Imagine the works that you could collect for such a small cost but to help such a great charity
Who runs Fibre Arts?
Glenys Mann, Founder and Partner of Fibre Arts Australia does most of the administration
Nonie Sutcliffe, Partner of Fibre Arts Australia and part of the Golden Team looks after the students.
Sue Coppock, Belinda Gonsalves and Ginnie Dawson make up the rest of the Golden Team that support Glenys and Nonie during the events
How do I get to the venues?
To get to Ballarat Grammar it is an easy 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne. If you are flying in, arrive at Tullamarine airport, Melbourne and catch an Airport Shuttle bus to Ballarat. These buses leave every hour.
If you are attending the Woodlawn venue, it is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane. If you are flying…fly to Ballina airport and get a shuttle to Lismore and we will collect you.
What is it like?
The week is FABULOUS!! With only adults attending it is a
time when we are all ready for a week of learning and a week of play!!