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Centre for Excellence in Embroidery and Textile Arts

76 Queen Street, Concord West is no longer a "Construction Zone"!

With a team of volunteers to assist the move back in December 2017 and our Official Opening by Mrs Linda Hurley on Tuesday 16 January 2018, the redeveloped building sits proud and beautiful as a Centre for Excellence for Embroidery and Textile Arts.

Here are some photos that might inspire you to come and visit.  Click on image to enlarge.

Front of building - Photo Helen ParsonsGallery 1 & 2 - Photo Helen ParsonsGallery 2 & 3 - Photo Helen ParsonsGallery 3 and Internal Garden - Photo Nicole Anderson
Gallery 4 - Photo Helen ParsonsGallery 4 Reverse View - Photo Helen ParsonsGallery 4 from Stairs - Photo Nicole AndersonYes, we have a lift - Photo Nicole Anderson
Stairwell going up - Photo Nicole AndersonStairwell coming down - Photo Nicole Anderson

President's Report - Wendy Schmid

In October 2017 the Guild opened a Neeson-Murcutt designed Centre of Excellence for Embroidery and Textile Arts. The redeveloped building at 76 Queen Street Concord West has public art gallery space, specialist library, embroidery collection, research centre, workshops and meeting rooms.

We have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year hostessing in the new gallery space. Lots of visitors have been through. It has been an opportunity for local and country Guild members from as far away as Port Macquarie, Wagga and Narrabri to visit and see the new facilities. It was wonderful to see the joy on their faces when they walked into the expansive library and saw the new as well as all their favourite books again. 

Visitors from other textile groups, ATASDA, Quilt NSW, OzQuilt Network and other Quilters groups, other textile tutors, Guild tutors and Cavalcade of History and Fashion have also visited and have been delighted with the facilities. 

The locals are intrigued to finally get into the building. We have had some wonderful comments such as ‘There is no where else in Sydney that has anything like this for textile lovers.’ We have heard interesting stories of the building’s history as a library and home in the little flat upstairs. 

We have had very positive responses to our opening exhibitions, Different Directions, with works by Carolyn Sullivan and Cathy Jack Coupland, the Margaret Oppen Exhibition, and the exhibition of work from the Guild Courses: Introduction to Embroidery, Creative Correspondence and the new Contemporary Stitch and Design Course. 

We have had new members join, and previous members renew. They have been very excited with the development at the Guild – it’s just a great place to be!

Over the next few months we have exhibitions by Effie Mitrofanis, Metamorphosis – A Retrospective in February and March, Timeless Textiles Stitched Up and Wagga Group Trip(s)tych in April May, and Helen Parsons, Lives across the Centuries: The Untold Story in June. The Laura Leverton and Christina Barton exhibition will be in July and August. The TEAM18 exhibition will be on display in July after its 3 days at Darling Harbour. 

Summer School was a great opportunity for many city and country members to visit the new building, and the atmosphere was exciting and very stimulating. The tutors were able to share their passion for their technique and design and all those tips and tricks that we love to learn in our embroidery.  

Having reached our 60th year it is timely to celebrate the vision of the women who founded the organization to advance the art of embroidery in NSW. I think they would be very pleased to see the result of all of our efforts to give the Guild a purpose designed home which will continue to build on their work over the decades to come. 

The expansion of facilities means that we will be able to promote embroidery and textile art to a wider audience, create a wider diversity of workshops and educational events which can be delivered to Guild groups across NSW, continue to build on our tutor training program and enable easier access to research resources for all Guild members across the state.

The support of Guild members has played a key role in achieving this vision for the advancement of embroidery in NSW. Whilst there has been a lot of hard work we have also had a lot of fun through our many fundraising efforts and we have learnt a great deal. We will continue to build on these experiences and the vision of the early founders of the Guild to advance the art of embroidery and to enrich the life of all Guild members.  We will be talking to Guild groups and members over the coming year and look forward to hearing about your ideas for the future. 

I would also like to express a personal thank you and deepest appreciation to all Guild members for their hard work and contributions to achieving a long term and very historic goal in the life of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW. 

I would like to extend an invitation to visit the Guild’s new headquarters. I can be contacted on (02) 9743 2501 (office) to arrange a visit and tour. The Guild, at 76 Queen Street Concord West, is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and is closed on public holidays. The Guild is easily accessible by train from Central Station, alighting at Concord West. 

Once again a big thank you for all your efforts.