Become a Beanie Maker for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
Everyone is welcome to make beanies for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. All beanies need to be handmade, keep your head warm and be wearable!
Here’s what you need to know
There are 2 exhibitions at the Beanie Festival:
1 Beanie Central - This interactive display is the main marketplace for beanies over the festival.
2 Annual Competition Exhibition. This exhibition is exhibited formally in the galleries.
You can enter either or both of these exhibitions. The entry details are different for each. See below for more info.
Beanie Central is where over 6000 handmade beanies come together in one outrageous informal display. They hang from the ceilings and pile up on the tables. All beanies here must be for sale. The general public arrive en masse to see your works, try them on, fight each other for their favourite and walk away with armfuls of fabulous headgear! Beanies here range from the ‘boring bloke’s beanie’, children’s beanies to glamorous embroidered or felted sculptural pieces.
Prices range from $5-$120 (you price your own work – see video for tips)
You may enter up to 10 beanies per person. We also accept tea-cosies and hand-spun yarns.
If you can make it to the festival and Volunteer you may enter up to 50 beanies.
There is no entry fee, but we do take a 30% commission from the price you put on your beanie.
You need to fill out an entry form, and place individual Beanie Central swing-tags (which we will post to you) on each beanie.
Beanies need to be postmarked and on their way by 28 May 2014.
Please read the entry forms closely. For entry forms, swing-tags and for any questions you may have see below.
National Beanie Competition and Exhibition
Each year a theme is chosen and we encourage beanie makers to be inspired by the theme. These beanies must be original pieces and artistically presented. These beanies are formally exhibited in one of Araluen Art Centre’s major Galleries and are hung on individual stands or plinths to highlight each work. Everyone is encouraged to have a go and let their imagination go wild, explore different textiles and techniques.
All the beanies entered are judged in the competition, according to category. The winners receive a cash prize, handmade trophy and a bundle of yarns.
Beanie Makers may enter 1 or 2 beanies (at least 1 of the beanies must be for sale). We also accept teacosies.
There is a $20 entry fee per beanie and a 50% commission taken from the sale price if the beanie sells.
Beanies must have individual swing tags and entry forms and must be received by the end of May. Winners are announced on this website and on Facebook. Please read entry forms closely.