Dare to Differ

Events & Activities


"Red Grasslands" by Carolyn Sullivan from New South Wales was the winning entry in 2019"

Dare to Differ is a selected exhibition of contemporary quilts held biennually at Gallery M, Marion, South Australia. It asks entrants to ‘Dare to Differ’ in their approach to a quilt – perhaps in theme, style, technique, materials, or even colour. It gives artists a chance to challenge themselves to unleash their creatvity.

Dare to Differ is open to all quilters resident in Australia. All work must be innova􀀛ve and original – not a copy or a variaton of another artist’s work, not traditonal and not from a class or a workshop, and must meet the criteria of ‘daring to differ’. The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt and must be predominantly fibre comprised of at least two layers stitched together. It must not be framed or stretched on stretcher bars.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic Dare to Differ 2021 has been cancelled and re-scheduled for September 2022. On a positive note, there is plenty of time to design and create your entry for the 2022 competiton.


Conditions of entry download

Conditions of Entry

1. Entry is open to all quilters resident in Australia

2. Online entries are open from May 1st until COB 16th of June 2019

3. All work must be innovative and original – not a copy or a variation of another artist’s work, not traditional and not from a class or a workshop, and must meet the criteria of ‘daring to differ’

4. The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt and must be predominantly fibre comprised of at least 2 layers stitched together. It must not be framed or stretched on stretcher bars.

5. Size – no more than 2.5 metres in either direction (L x H), with a maximum depth of 10cm from the wall

6. The selectors’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Acceptance of an entry does not automatically guarantee display.

7. All entries must be received by the Convenor between Wed 24th July and Sunday 11th August.

8. All entries must have been completed in the 2 years prior to the exhibition.

9. Entries may have been previously exhibited.

10. A non-refundable entry fee of $30 for up to two entries is required.

11. Delivery and return instructions will be advised on acceptance of the entry. Selected artists will be responsible for postage and insurance to and from Dare to Differ.

12. Selections will be made from high resolution JPEG digital images via online entry. Entrants must submit 2 images for each work, one showing the overall piece and one detail photograph. All photos should be labelled with the quilt title and entrant’s name:

<Name-QuiltName-Full/Detail> eg. <GummowS-flowers-full.jpg>

13. Quilts may be for sale. The Gallery will retain a 33% (includes GST) commission on each work sold during the exhibition.

14. The Quilters’ Guild of SA Inc reserves the right to photograph the quilts for Guild archives and other appropriate purposes.

Please address any queries to Suzanne Gummow
Phone: (08) 8268 79005 (h)
Email: Dare to Differ Convenor

Dare to Differ 2008 - 2013

Dare to Differ 2015

Dare to Differ Opening Night 2017:

Most Innovative Award, sponsored by Brother Australia

Fair and Square by Rachaeldaisy