Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship Worth $4000

Image 1 - Dr Treahna Hamm Canberra Glassworks Photo credit Kelli Cole

NOW CLOSED. Closes 18 July. The Cad Factory, Western Riverina Arts and the Spencer Family are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship worth $4000.
Joyce Spencer (1928–2019) was an active artist and craft practitioner throughout her lifetime, creating a large body of artwork, teaching hundreds of workshops, and writing five bestselling books. This initiative is aimed at supporting textile artists based in regional NSW to develop and present new work. The fellowship is in honour of Joyce’s lifelong connection to regional living and regional making in both the Southern Highlands and Narrandera.

Regional NSW based artists or artist-led groups who are seeking financial support for textile-based projects with a public outcome in 2022 and 2023 are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open from now until midnight on Sunday 18 July 2021. Head to to start an application.

Llewellyn Tuckett, Joyce Spencer’s daughter commented that, “As a family, we are so pleased to support the Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship again in this second and final year. Mum would have been so proud to know her name is living on and supporting people to make excellent art; something she was absolutely passionate about.”

In 2020, the inaugural receipt of the Fellowship was Dr Treahna Hamm, whose artworks are composed with multiple layers of storytelling garnered from her Yorta Yorta upbringing by the Murray River in Northern Victoria and  outhern NSW.

Dr Hamm reflected on the Fellowship by saying, “Joyce’s giving through knowledge, art and caring for community was exceptional in her life. It is a gift beyond words.”

“In talking to people who knew Joyce, I see the meaning and guidance she gave to people through her creativity. Through conversations with Llewellyn, I thought about my own mother and family and the support I’ve been given. For me, receiving the Fellowship reinforces family within my creative life, which carries through every day of
being an artist.”

Dr Hamm will be presenting a solo exhibition at Griffith Regional Art Gallery in 2022 that will travel to the Narrandera Arts Centre as an outcome of her Fellowship.

“We are looking forward to receiving ambitious applications to support NSW regional artists,” said Western Riverina Arts Executive Director Aanya Whitehead.

The Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship has been made possible by the support of Joyce Spencer’s family, Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory.

Fellowship Details
Cash Prize: $4000
Eligibility: 1. Lead artist is based in regional NSW. Regional NSW does not
include: Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue
Mountains. 2. Have a venue or site-specific location confirmed for presenting the

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Image Caption
Dr Treahna Hamm with her work at Canberra Glassworks. Photographer Kelli Cole.