2021 marks the inaugural Indian Ocean Craft Triennial – festival of contemporary craft. WAQA members have been invited to exhibit quilts at Wanneroo Gallery and Museum as part of the festival. The theme in 2021 is ‘Curiosity and Ritual of the Everyday’ and the challenge will be based on Cockman House in the City of Wanneroo.
Cockman House is the oldest dwelling in Wanneroo, completed in 1860 and became a museum in 2009. As well as being an interesting building the house contains many objects from the everyday lives of those who lived there. There are also beautiful grounds and an heirloom vegetable garden. The City also has aerial photographs, maps and historic photographs associated with the house and its land. You can take a virtual tour of the house here:
We are planning a special opportunity for WAQA members to visit the house to take photographs and make sketches to inform their quilt designs. We will also provide inspiration photos for the challenge on the WAQA website for those who cannot get to the house in person. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime you can browse historic photographs from the house on the City’s ‘Picture Wanneroo’ website.
The exhibition will be held at Wanneroo Gallery in August-November 2021. Quilts need to be approximately A2 in size – 42 by 59 cm, 16.5 by 23.5 inches, with a hanging sleeve on the back. Please remember to attach you name, quilt title and contact details to the back. After the exhibition the quilts will be displayed in Wanneroo Museum before their usual journey to quilt groups around WA. The Quilts will be returned sometime in 2022.
This is a fantastic opportunity for WAQA members to get their work out into a real gallery so please consider joining in with the challenge. Further details will be available soon or contact Helen O’Hara at Contemporary Quilt group with any questions.
Please note Cockman House will also be the WAQA Challenge for 2021, and Meg Cowey will be giving us further information, so please stay tuned.