The 19th Alice Springs Beanie Festival will be held across Friday 19 - Monday 22 June 2015.
We're very pleased to announce the theme for 2015 will be Opposites Attract.
We hope this will inspire Beanie Makers and visitors to our iconic Festival of the Beanie to explore human nature, our relationship to the environment and the forces that bring us together.
From contrast and reconciliation to difference and distance, the 2015 festival and exhibition will celebrate how these forces balance and weave communities into the social fabric that binds us all.
Truly a feast for the senses, the festival long weekend will have something for everyone. The opening night will bring a carnival atmosphere to the Araluen Arts Centre, blending music, dance, food and art. Throughout the weekend, workshops will offer opportunities to share in the creativity and diversity of textile arts and crafts, while crowds can enjoy the thrill of the beanie chase to find the perfect beanie (or three!) in Beanie Central.
Since 1997, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival has been creating opportunities for Indigenous women from remote communities to develop their talents and share their designs and stories. At the festival, warm your soul with cross-cultural experiences like weaving workshops, eating kangaroo tail or just having a yarn.
The Categories for Exhibition entries:
1 Opposites Attract Prize
For a beanie that draws together unusual ideas, items, facts and makes something special. What can you bring together? Science and Art? Soft sculpture and robotics?
2 Extreme Conditions Prize
For a beanie that expresses the extremes of the Australian landscape.
The deserts and the tropics, the city and the bush, bush fire and flood.
3 The Stark Contrasts Prize
For a wonderful beanie that contrasts colours, tones, patterns, textures or shapes.
4 Reconciliation Prize
For a beanie that expresses an aspect or story of cultural reconciliation and friendship. In honour of Mrs Haggie.
5 Beanie Doubles Prize
For a beanie with more than one use. Can yours double as a puppet or a musical instrument? Reversible?
6 The Central Australian Prize
For an outstanding beanie made by a local artist.
7 The Best Hand-felted Prize
The Ashford Prize for a wonderful work created using dry, wet, or knit and felt techniques.
8 The Eileen Bladon Tea-cozy Prize
To be awarded to the most glorious tea-cozy that incorporates contrasts, extremes, or attracting opposites of some kind.
9 Kids Prize
For a beanie made by an artist 11 and under.
10 Youth Prize
For a beanie made by an artist 12-19 years.
11 The Alice Springs Beanie Festival Committee Acquisition Prize.
12 Homegrown Prize
An award to celebrate handspun yarn and the use of homegrown and collected materials.
In memory of the late Robbie Beard, an irrepressible champion of spinning at early Beanie Festivals.
13 Recycling Prize
For a beanie made with recycled materials and/or the spirit of environmental sustainability at its heart ( reduce, reuse and recycle ).
14 Peoples’ Choice 2015
This beanie will be chosen by popular vote during the festival long weekend.
Hooks and needles at the ready!