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Sydney's only dedicated textile and fibre art gallery, showcasing the work of Australian and international artists through a dynamic program of exhibitions and events. Opened in 2017 when the NSW Embroiderers Guild transformed its century-old HQ into a bright, contemporary space, the non-profit facility includes galleries, workshop rooms, a historic collection and specialist textile art library.

We have some very special and tantalising exhibits booked in the future and hope to have captured your interest and hearts. Plenty of advanced notice with many months of exhibits to look forward to. We are located at 76 Queen Street Concord West and welcome visitors weekdays from 9am - 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm (public holidays excluded). Drop in to also have a look at the range of handmade artisan gifts.

Current Exhibitions

The Fred and Elinor Wrobel Collection - Textiles and Embellished Treasures
2 - 28 February 2024

Gallery76 is honoured to host this sale of textiles from the renowned Elinor and Fred Wrobel Collection.

Over many decades, the Wrobels were influential in Sydney’s cultural life as avid art collectors, owners of the Woolloomooloo Gallery and as curators.

Textiles form a particularly significant part of the Collection, amassed primarily by Elinor over an incredible six decades. Her passion for textiles was inspired by an aunt who taught her to sew as a child. Naturally drawn to wearable art, this evolved into a broader passion for textiles as a medium. It is perhaps telling that in a wonderful home full of art, Elinor’s own bedroom was hung almost entirely with textiles. In 2006, her service to the arts and community earned her an OAM.

This exhibition reflects the Wrobels’ extraordinary vision and interests as diverse as ancient Coptic textiles, 17th Century stump work, Chinese goldwork and contemporary art. It is named after a 1993 touring exhibition of textiles from the Wrobel Collection, many of which are included in this show.

Fred died in 2015 and Elinor in March 2023.Shortly before her death at the age of 89,the indefatigable Elinor had been working with auction house Bonhams on a sale of her artworks. This along with several other auctions has now taken place. Textiles and Embellished Treasures is another step in sharing her remarkable legacy. Elinor described herself as “custodian” of the works in the Collection and we hope that visitors will appreciate them as much as she did. Some may even choose to purchase their own ‘treasure’ from the exhibition, and continue its care for future generations to enjoy.

To download a schedule of the exhibited works, please click here

At the End of the Trail: An Exhibition by Julya Hegarty
2 - 27 February 2024

The Exhibition

As an artist, my work is a personal journey that delves deep into the realm of emotional memory. Through my large raffia woven panels, I aim to capture and depict the vivid recollections of my childhood spent in the Yodda Valley, nestled in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, at the end of the Kokoda Trail. This collection of abstract artworks serves as a visual diary, a testament to the profound impact that this unique environment had on shaping my identity and perspective.

The Yodda Valley holds a special place in my heart. It was a sanctuary of tranquility where nature danced harmoniously with the rich indigenous cultural heritage of the region. Each woven panel is a tapestry of memories, intricately crafted with raffia to encapsulate the essence of my experiences. The vibrant hues reflect the joy and wonder that permeated my days, while the intricate patterns mirror the complexity and depth of my memories.

Ultimately, my artworks seek to capture the essence of this special place and time. It is my hope that their abstract nature allows viewers to immerse themselves in the beauty and nostalgia of my childhood home in Papua New Guinea and enjoy their own journey to the Yodda Valley.

The Artist

Julya Hegarty is a multidisciplinary artist based on the Sunshine Coast on the land of the Gubbi Gubbi people, where she  creates her captivating artworks from her home studio. Influenced by her social surroundings and driven by her investigations into her familial history and identity, Julya's pieces are a reflection of her deep connection to her roots. 

As a self-taught textile artist, Julya's work is characterised by its unique blend of techniques, textures, and colours. She skillfully weaves together different materials to create visually stunning and thought provoking pieces that invite viewers to explore their own personal  narratives.

With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, Julya's art captures the essence of her experiences and emotions, offering glimpses into her world and inviting others to connect with their own stories.

Upcoming Exhibitions

TEXStyle 2024
Presented by the Technology Educators Association of NSW
3 March - 27 April 2024

The TEXStyle exhibition is an annual showcase of excellence in HSC Textiles and Design, enjoyed by both the education sector and wider community.

Gallery76 is delighted to host TEXStyle for a third year. The 2024 exhibition will feature 34 Major Textile Projects selected from approximately 1,550 submitted across NSW for the 2023 HSC. Projects displayed will include furnishings, apparel, textile art and costume.

Free entry to general public during regular gallery hours (weekdays 9-4 and weekends 10-2).

School Excursions
Several different event types are offered to high schools:

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Pictured: TEXStyle 2023 exhibits. (Grey Photography: Phong Lam and Annie Nguyen - Principal Photographer.)

Moving the Needle: The Australian Embroidery Revolution
Presented by the Embroiderers' Guild NSW
1 June - 29 July 2024

The 1960s-80s was an exciting time for Australian embroidery as it came out of the home and into the public arena.

In 2024 the Embroiderers' Guild NSW is celebrating the groundbreaking creativity of the period with its major event Moving the Needle: The Australian Embroidery Revolution.

Over June and July, a packed program of events will offer something for everyone.

The centrepiece will be an exhibition of extraordinary embroidery and textile art, drawn from the Guild's Collection as well as private lenders throughout Australia.

Workshops are offered for beginners through to experienced stitchers and a one-day conference on Sunday, 23 June will take place. We hope you will join us!

Workshop & Event Bookings Open!
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Click here to download the detailed guide to workshops and major events.

Past Exhibitions