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.
Alice Springs and the Red Centre is one of Australia’s truly unique experiences and the Beanie Festival is a great excuse to see the wonders of the Northern Territory. Depending on the time you have available, you can just fly straight in, or take it slow and soak up the country.
In the gorgeous Musgrave Ranges. Beanies made by Tjimpuna Dunn and Nyinguta Edwards
QANTAS flies into Alice Springs from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin and Yulara most days.
VIRGIN Australia flies into Alice from Adelaide and Darwin several times a week.
Travel from Adelaide or Darwin on this unique overland railway adventure. The changing flora and desert landscape are spectacular.
Greyhound Australia have an enormous network of buses across the country.
Many enjoy the road trip though the wild interiors of Australia, with many routes, suitable for all kinds of vehicle.
Nyinguta Edwards spins on a Pitjantjatjara spindle
Alice Springs has a great diversity of accommodation options, from camping and hostels, to plush hotels and resorts.
For 2015, we're pleased to recommend our accommodation partner, the Diplomat Motel. A well-appointed, fully serviced property located in the heart of Alice and only a short walk to the major tourist attractions, shops and Todd Mall. The Diplomat features FREE Wifi, a Restaurant, Tavern and more. Check their website for more information. To receive Special Beanie Festival rates, call 08 8952 8977 and quote Beanie Festival (only via phone).
Standard rooms from $105 per night and Superior Ground Floor rooms from $125.
Stuart Caravan Park
Phone 1300 823 404 and book early.
Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
Or search TravelNT
Getting to the Festival
Over the Festival weekend the festival provides a free bus service to pick up and drop off to your accommodation. Phone 0408 436 928 to book the bus. There are also taxis available.
Other great things to see and do in the Red Centre
It's ready!! Here's the poster design for the 2015 Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Spread the word.