Uncommon Threads

The Exhibition

‘Uncommon Threads’ – A Naarm Textile Collective group exhibition

17 October – 28 October 2023

Following the success of Naarm Textile Collective’s first exhibition, Stitching Change, Naarm Textile Collective is building on the increasing interest in contemporary textile art with a new exhibition for 2023 titled Uncommon Threads.

Uncommon Threads is a collaborative group exhibition of textile artists from Victoria.  The exhibition showcases progressive art forms using textiles and exploring the relationship of textiles to other art disciplines. Our goal is to provide a contemporary exhibition exploring the limitlessness of textile art. 

Uncommon Threads raises awareness of contemporary textile arts to the general public, bringing artists together to build their artistic ability and introduce them to new audiences. The exhibition highlights textile artists and the quality of their work. Artists at all stages of their career are included enabling opportunities for mentorship and collaboration. The exhibition showcases innovative works, using a range of materials and techniques that challenge and subvert traditional ideas of textile art.

Uncommon Threads highlights and explores the emotive properties of textiles to generate, communicate and preserve memories along with creating discourse for the future. The exhibition centres on the value of textiles in our lives and on the role of textiles in the process of preserving culture, telling stories, recollecting past events, recording experiences, as well as stimulating discussion of cultural and political issues. 

View a walk through of Uncommon Threads here

See the participating artist here.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

Watch the Online Opening here.

Thank you to all who contributed to the exhibition fundraising campaign with Australian Cultural Fund.

The exhibition is curated by Tamara Russell and introduces artists from the Naarm Textile Collective

The exhibition is currently at FortyFive Downstairs located at 45 Flinders Lane, a location that has a rich history for textile production, design and innovation. This exhibition aims to update the Flinders Lane story with the inclusion of Contemporary Textile Art.  

FortyFiveDownstairs Hours

Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm

Saturday 11am – 3pm

Opening event Tuesday 17 October 5pm – 7pm 

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Important Dates:

Delivery of Selected Artworks: 10am – 11am 16 October 2023

Exhibition Dates: 17 – 28 October 2023 – FortyFiveDownstairs

Exhibition Opening Event: 5 – 7 pm 17 October 2023

Online Opening Event on Zoom: 6 – 7.30 pm 18 October 2023

Collection of Artworks: 10am – 11am Sunday 29 October 2023

Uncommon Threads is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

This event is presented as part of Craft Contemporary 2023, an initiative of Craft/@craftvictoria