2016 Festival Friday 24 - Monday 27 June 2016
Welcome to the Beanie Festival! We hope you are planning your visit for the 20th year celebrations in 2016. There are many great events, being planned. We have a range of workshops, many you can just join in on the day, but some you'll need to plan for: Get in early for highlights such as the Tjanpi Weaving Workshops. There are many places to stay and visit while you're in Alice. Some special tours have also been organised in conjunction with the festival. So we hope you join us! Information for our beanie makers is listed below. We can't wit to see what you make!
The Beanie Competition is now closed. Thank you for your entries!
Spirit of the Land
Celebrating twenty years of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival
In 2016 we are celebrating two decades of warm and woolly friendship and creativity at the festival. We want to celebrate our diverse country and cultures in our work. Out do your self for this very special anniversary exhibition.
1 Spirit of the Land
Celebrating our desert, forest, coast, bush and urban landscapes.
2 Creature Feature Beanie
Celebrating Australian birds, animals, sea-life, insects and invertebrates in our beanie.
3 Australian Stories
Celebrating favourite Australian tales, characters, picture books and cultural and personal stories.
4 Heart Felt Prize
Celebrating felting: Including wet felting, nuno-felting, needle felting or knit and felt techniques at the festival.
5 A Stitch in Time
Celebrating the grand tradition of patterns.
Create a beanie or tea-cosy based on a retro knit or crochet pattern or design. Please send us an A4 page with an image of the pattern, or explain the origins of the design.
6 Children’s Prize
A prize for a beanie maker under 12 years who has created a masterpiece, according to their age and skill level.
7 New Wave Prize
A prize for a beanie maker 12- 19 years of age, who has shown skill and thought in their work.
8 Tea Cosy Prize
Celebrating the tea cosie, as a sister object to the beanie.
9 Embellishment Prize
A prize for a piece that uses beads or seeds, feathers, tjanpi, embroidery, stitching or other embellishment to create a remarkable piece of work.
10 Central Australian Prize
A prize for a magnificent work made by an artist from Central Australia and surrounding communities.
11 The Mad Cap Prize
Celebrating a bit of zaniness. For a beanie that invites interaction and fun.
12 The After Dark Beanie
Celebrating style and fashion. For a glamorous beanie we could wear after dark.
13 Committee Acquisition Prize
A prize for wonderful and unusual piece of work. The works will be acquired for our collection.
14 The People’s Choice Award
For the beanie voted most popular over the festival long weekend.
No fascinators or string hats will be exhibited in 2016. Our beanie definition includes any hat that provides some warmth.
Opposites Attract 2015 Beanie Festival Competition
From contrast and reconciliation to difference and distance, the 2015 exhibition celebrated how different forces balance and weave communities into the social fabric that binds us all. Our artists looked at Australian extremes, from the sea to the desert, fire and water. In 2015 we explored human nature, our relationship to the environment and the forces that bring us together.
The exhibition was open Friday 19 June 2015 - 12 July 2015.
Peoples’ Choice 2015 Crocodylus, Deborah Petersen, Candelo, NSW
|Deborah Petersen's gorgeous Crocodylus.|
1 Opposites Attract Prize
For a beanie that draws together unusual ideas, items, colours or facts and makes something special. What can you bring together? Science and Art? Soft sculpture and robotics
Winner Minymakutjuta- Heather Douglas- Titjikala
Special Mention Above and Below- Kate Holland, Bibra Lake WA
|Heather Douglas||Kate Holland|
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
Winner Mud Cracks - Val Hornibrook – Capel WA
Special Mention Nannalith - Margy Alexander Alice Springs
|Val Hornibrook||Margy Alexander|
3 The Stark Contrasts Prize
For a wonderful beanie that contrasts colours, tones, patterns, textures or shapes
Winner The Day of the Dead - Alli Symons, South Australia
Special Mention Unlikely Mix - Joan Price, Victoria
|Alli Symons||Joan Price|
4 Reconciliation Prize
For a beanie that expresses an aspect or story of cultural reconciliation and friendship. In honour of Mrs Haggie
Winner Gugaa Beanie- made by the Djaadjawan dancers NSW
Special Mention Women’s Meeting Place - Punni Brown, Papunya
|Djaadjawan Dancers NSW||Punni Brown|
5 Beanie Doubles Prize
For a beanie with more than one use. Can yours double as a puppet or a musical instrument? Reversible
Winner Fibres Unite - Trish Castello, NSW
Special Mention Come Play with me - Marilyn Hunter, Alice Springs
|Trish Castello's piece, worked as both a beanie and a great handbag.||Marilyn Hunter's beanie and quoits set. Gorgeous.|
6 The Central Australian Prize for a local maker
For an outstanding beanie made by a local artist.
Winner Green Hairy Wrepia - Marissa Thompson, Ernabella
Special Mention The Finke Desert Race - Patricia Malbunka, Titjikala
|Marissa Thompson||Patricia Malbunka|
7 The Best Hand-felted Prize
The Ashford Prize for a wonderful work created using dry, wet, or knit and felt techniques.
Winner The Yurt - Home and a Hat - Lorraine McArthur, WA
Special Mention Underground Maku – Renee Douglas, Titjikala
|Lorraine McArthur||Renee Douglas|
8 The Eileen Bladon Tea Cosy Prize
To be awarded to the most glorious tea-cozy that incorporates contrasts, extremes, or attracting opposites of some kind.
Winner The Whirling Dervish - Jude Mapleson, Alice Springs
Special Mention Flowers in Bloom - Beatrice Millis, Northcote VIC
|Jude Mapleson||Beatrice Millis|
9 Kids Prize
For a beanie made by an artist 11 and under.
Winner Town Bore Family – Lechleitner Kids, Papunya
Special Mention Osofit Atrack – Archie Bayes, age 3, Nimbin
|Lechleitner Kids||Archie Bayes
10 Youth Prize
For a beanie made by an artist 12-19 years
Winner Our house, Home fire burning - Harold Jurrah, age 14, Papunya
Special Mention Fire and Sunset – Stephanie Smith, Fregon
11 The Alice Springs Beanie Festival Acquisition Prize
Winner Dusky - Tamika Gunson, Adelaide South Australia, 10 years old.
Special Mention Light and dark- Sangit Tafelmaier, Yungaburra QLD
|Tamika Gunson||Sangit Tafelmaier|
12 Homegrown Prize
An award to celebrate handspun yarn, the use of homegrown and collected materials. In memory of Robbie Beard, an irrepressible champion of spinning .
Winner The Owl and the Pussy cat – Allina Matthews, Alice Springs, NT
Special Mention Leah Cato, age 12, Alice Springs, NT
|Allina Matthews||Leah Cato|
13 Recycling Prize
For a beanie made with recycled materials and/or the spirit of environmental sustainability at its heart ( reduce, reuse and recycle ).
Winner Old to New - Sandy Soul, South Australia
Special Mention Love and War, Penny O’Neill, VIC
|Sandy Soul||Penny O’Neill,|
Sarah Brown, Leo Ortega, Hannah Nungarrayi Trindorfer, Brian Tucker
The People's Choice is a hotly contested prize and there were many stand out pieces in the exhibition this year. Here are a couple of other beanies that were clear favourites in the 2015 show.
|Renate Kirkpatrick's beautiful work inspires us year after year.||Doris Madden's swash buckling work. Doris is another brilliant textile artist.|
Truly a feast for the senses, the festival long weekend had something for everyone. The opening night brought a carnival atmosphere to the Araluen Arts Centre, blending music, dance, food and art. Throughout the weekend, workshops offered opportunities to share in the creativity and diversity of textile arts and crafts. Crowds enjoyed the beanie chase to find the perfect beanie in Beanie Central. Our souls were warmed with cross-cultural experiences: weaving workshops, eating kangaroo tail and just having a yarn.
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.
Opens Midday, Friday 19 June - 5pm Monday 22 June 2015
Annual Festival Favourites
The centerpiece and heart of the 4-day festival weekend. This is where the mayhem and the thrill of the beanie chase takes place with thousands of beanies on display and for sale. Includes beanies, baskets, Indigenous spinning, free crochet and fibre workshops, and more. Don’t miss a cake opportunity at the fabulous tea shop or something from the BBQ… a kangaroo tail perhaps?
Inside Beanie Central
International Beanie Competition
See the hundreds of competition beanies on display at Araluen Gallery from the opening day of the festival until 12th July, 2015. Marvel at the fine felted, knitted and crocheted craftsmanship that makes every single Alice Springs Beanie Festival a unique and one of a kind piece of head wear for beanie lovers around the world.
The Alice Springs Beanie Festival official opening is done in style from 6pm Friday night with food stalls, music and dancing to kick off the festival. Competition winners are announced and the National Beanie Hall of Fame winner awarded.
Longest Beanie in the World World Record Attempt
Be a part of this World record attempt to make the longest beanie in the world. After the 2014 Festival we reached almost 300 metres!! Drop by and crochet, weave, knit or French knit a section of the beanie as we aim for a 400 metre long beanie ... and get your name in the record books!
Workshops and Activities
There are children’s activities, Indigenous art stalls, traditional bushtucker and bush medicine stalls, Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshops or you can just sit down at any of the drop-in textile/fibre workshops held throughout the festival and make your first very own Alice Springs Beanie Festival Beanie. See the Workshops page for complete information on available workshops, schedules and whether enrolment is required.
Sustainable Couture 2015 Collection
Fashions created by a group of artists, designers and skilled garment makers with a unique approach to recycling.
Parade: 6.30pm Thursday 18 June at Central Australian Aviation Museum, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
After Parade: 8.00pm Exhibition opens at June Marriott Gallery,Central Craft (adjacent to hangar). Sustainable drinks and nibbles available.
Gallery hours: M - F 10am - 4pm, Sat/Sun 11am-3pm
Enquiries to Franca Frederiksen 0418 897 143 www.centralcraft.org.au
Art Bus: Hope on, hop off
Date: Saturday 20 June
Time: Running a continuous loop from 9.30am, last run at 2pm. Hop on, hop off.
Picking up: Look for the bus-stop outside Witchettys at Araluen Arts Centre (Beanie Fest HQ)
Cost: $25 per person
Locations are also open to the general public 9.30am-2pm Saturday 20 June.
Welcome to our Festival
The Alice Springs Beanie Festival has it's home in the Araluen Cultural Precinct, out of the town centre on Larapinta Road.
The festival is known for its development of the beanie into a unique regional icon. There are some very sensible beanies on exhibition here. There is also a wide range of wearable art. Hilarious head wear, gorgeous knitwear, felting to fall in love with and glorious Indigenous artwork you will not see any where else in this country.
If you have never been to the Alice, why not turn up in the cool crisp weather? Why not spend a few days with us before you head to the Mac Donnell ranges, or down to Uluru?
The festival has some great free workshops and entertainment. The entry into the galleries and museums is very budget friendly.
We rely on volunteers and have a great community spirit here. So come and be welcomed into the midst of it all.
Our main areas include Beanie Central. The exhibition of thousands of beanies. Yes! You can spend all day trying them all on and sending thousands of photos to your friends. This maybe Australia's most interactive exhibition.
We also have a exhibition in the Araluen Galleries, beautifully presented, of our competition works.
Outside under the deep blue desert skies, we have workshops and demonstrations of textiles.
over in Central Craft there is a program of workshops where you can learn a fabulous array of interesting textile techniques. There are workshops for both novices and master craft people available.
We'd love to see you in the Alice this winter.
It's ready!! Here's the poster design for the 2015 Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Spread the word.