Dare to Differ

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To enter your project in 2022 Dare to Differ - go to the entry page here. Entries close Friday, 16 June 2022.

"Dare to Differ - 2022"

This is a contemporary quilt exhibition  - do not be afraid to extend your traditional or modern quilting and/or use non-traditional techniques and fibres to create a contemporary quilt for this exhibition. And you may be the winner of a Brother sewing machine for the “Most Innovative” quilt in this exhibition. Be brave and enter!!

So what is “Dare to Differ”?

A small group came together in South Australia more than 25 years ago with the aim of promoting and showcasing contemporary art quilts in this state. The first exhibition was held at the Megaw and Hogg 1994 and then it has been held at Prospect Gallery and recently at Gallery M, Marion.  “Dare to Differ” exhibitions are held bi-annually. The interpretation of the quilts is left to the quilt maker.  Think about what “Dare to Differ” means to you. Contemporary quilt makers are encouraged to extend their horizons, leaning more to the Visual Arts and “Dare to Differ”.

The exhibition is open to ALL quilt makers within Australia. We have hoped that by opening entries to interstate contemporary quilt makers we give South Australian quilt makers and the general public the opportunity to view a very high standard exhibition of contemporary art quilts.

A definition of a quilt for this exhibition is that it must be predominantly fibre, and be composed of a least two distinct layers, stitched together throughout the quilt. It must be innovative, original and of course meet the criteria of the title “Dare to Differ - 2022”. Entries will be preselected from photos – one of the whole quilt and one detail. The photos MUST be of an excellent standard – clear and precise. The selection process is done by two or more contemporary quilt artists with an international standing.

One of the most important things when entering any exhibition is that one needs to read and follow ALL the requirements accurately that appear on the entry form.

The exhibitions in the past have been exciting, diverse and of an extremely high standard. It is very important that we continue to give the opportunity to the South Australian public (including all our quilt makers) to view such an exhibition held here in Adelaide.

So this is my plea – enter this exhibition!!!!!!! And let’s make it bigger and better!!! So get thinking and creating –Online entries through the Guild website will begin in May  and close in June 2022. The exhibition will be held at Gallery M, Marion in September 2022.

Contact me if you need any more information regarding the exhibition.

Suzanne Gummow
Convenor of the “Dare to Differ – 2022”
Email:  Dare to Differ Convenor

"Conditions of Entry - Dare to Differ 2022"

Click D2D Conditions to download the 2022 Conditions of Entry.

This is a selected exhibition of contemporary quilts to be held at Gallery M, Marion, South Australia 2nd – 22nd September 2022.  It asks entrants to ‘Dare to Differ’ in their approach to their work – perhaps in theme, style, technique, materials, or even colour.  It gives artists a chance to challenge themselves to unleash their creativity.

  1. Entry is open to all quilters resident in Australia
  2. Online entries are open from May 1st until 16th of June 2022 via the QGSA website.
  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. All entries must have been completed in the 2 years prior to the exhibition. Entries may have been previously exhibited.
  7. A non-refundable entry fee of $35 for up to two entries is required.
  8. 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:
    <Artist’s Surname Name Initial-QuiltName-Full/Detail>
    eg.      <GummowS-flowers-Full.jpg>
  9. An Artist’s statement of up to 30 words is required by the selectors and for the catalogue for each entry.  This should be written in the third person and indicate the inspiration behind the art, rather than describe the techniques.
  10. The selectors’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.  Acceptance of an entry does not automatically guarantee display.
  11. Selected entries must be received by the Convenor between Monday 1st and Monday 15th August 2022
  12. 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.
  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
Email: [email protected]

"Dare to Differ - 2019"

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

Brother Representative with Convenor Suzanne Gummow

Opened by Ro Bruhn


Dare to Differ 2008 - 2017