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Our biennial exhibition

NSW Branch holds a biennial exhibition, known as In The Making.

What is it? Why do it?

  • To extend ourselves as artists in presenting our best creative works for public display.
  • To learn and develop skills & experience in exhibiting
  • To have some fun – with like-minded creative people
  • Visitors love to see what we do- the art, techniques, scope and variety
  • We are promoting textile arts & surface design.

Some Inspiration from Past Exhibitions (DOC, 970 KB)

  • See gorgeous images from past members' works in Palm House (now called In The Making) Exhibitions, which have been held from 2007 onward.
  • This is a showcase of ATASDA members' best work, and embraces all of our members, at all levels of experience.


Past biennial In the Making, Interlude and Palm House Exhibition images can also be seen in our beautiful Galleries pages.

 2023 In the Making Exhibition theme was Look inside

NSW Exhibition


A Touch of Gold Exhibition – 50th Anniversary Exhibition in NSW

Wed 17th Apr 2024 10:00 am - Sun 5th May 2024 4:00 pm
A Touch of Gold Exhibition –  50th Anniversary Exhibition in NSW

A Touch of Gold

Celebrating 50 years of the Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)

This tactile exhibition, A Touch of Gold, explores artist's concepts of the theme. Intriguing use of fibre and mixed media define this contemporary display of expressive textile wall hangings, 3D objects and wearable art which all reveal a physical 'touch of gold'. Working with diverse art practices, techniques and materials, sixty ATASDA members have created a rich tapestry of textile artworks employing fibre, weaving, felting, dyeing, printing, traditional and contemporary embroidery, and stitch techniques. Some historic pieces by renowned Australian textile art practitioners are included in this celebratory exhibition.

The exhibition will be launched in Sydney at the Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby.

Willoughby City Council is gratefully acknowledged for the provision of Incinerator Art Space.

17 April – 5 May 2024. Wednesday to Sunday, 10am -4pm. Excludes ANZAC Day

Opening Event: Saturday 20th April, 4-6pm. Speaker is Barbara Schey

Image: Judy Pacholke, Life's Journey, 2024, photo credit D Hodge


A Touch Of Gold - Exhibition Opening

Sat 20th Apr 2024 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
A Touch Of Gold - Exhibition Opening

Exhibition Opening Event with speaker, a long term ATASDA member, well known textile artist Barbara Schey.

Image is "Clayton's Handbag" by Barbara Schey, 2006. made from hand woven silk squares constructed on a small hand-held loom and exquisitely embellished with 24 carat gold leaf designs evoking a delicate and sculptural quality to the three-dimensional handmade artwork.

This is one of the historic works being exhibited, along with over 60 new artworks by members, all exemplifying the diversity of skill and artistic talent amongst ATASDA members Australia-wide.

Please Register below to attend the Opening Event, for catering purposes. Thank you.

p.s. There is no registration or entry fee to attend the exhibition, from 17th April to 5th May. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Image: Barbara Schey, Claytons Handbag, 2006, seracin silk and 24ct gold leaf

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