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Education Seminar 2020

Aotearoa Quilters is pleased to announce the details of our 2020 Education Seminar.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to mount an exhibition, arrange a quilt show or how to best exhibit your work?  – then this seminar is for you!

We are very pleased to welcome as facilitator and tutors:

Brenda Gael Smith: artist, curator, teacher, mentor, writer & judge
Textile artist Brenda Gael Smith has over 15 years experience in exhibition administration for various Australian art and quilting organisations. She has also independently curated several popular touring exhibitions enabling hundreds of artists to share their work around the world. As a life member of QuiltNSW, and convenor of the QuiltNSW judging education program, Brenda works with quilters from across the spectrum to develop their understanding of the visual arts and their analytical vocabulary. Her goal is not only to empower artists to exhibit their work with enthusiasm and confidence but to enhance their appreciation of other art. In conjunction with Aotearoa Quilters, Brenda has developed an interactive two-day program that includes illuminating exercises and new case studies.

Judith Schon: Convenor Auckland Symposium

Judi belongs to the Auckland Quilt Guild and was Convenor for their Festival of Quilts Show for four years. In 2019 Judi was Convenor for the Auckland Quilt Symposium 2019 – New Zealand’s biennial Quilt Symposium. Judi was also involved in the co-organising of two outdoor quilt shows “Strawberries & Cream”, fundraisers for Hospice.

Judi loves the organisational/logistical elements required to run these events, plus the challenge of working with diverse groups of wonderful volunteers, bringing everyone together to create a successful event. Everyone loves a great Show!!


Jess O’Brien – Photographer

Jess O’Brien is a photographer working commercially in Wellington. She holds a Design Degree (Photography) from Victoria University of Wellington and Master of Fine Arts from Massey University.

She currently works with the New Zealand Portrait Gallery and the Dowse Art Museum photographing artworks, ceramics and textiles in their collections.

She comes from a long line of crafters and quilters.


Over the three day seminar, we will cover the following topics.

  • Elements of Design
  • Effective Critique
  • Quilts & Composition
  • Art of Curating
  • Jurying
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • Design & Originality
  • Photographing your work
  • Organising a Quilt Show – start to finish
  • Working with volunteers

Venue: Capital Gateway Motor Inn, Wellington

A popular venue for our Education Seminar.

The classroom for the seminar is upstairs – please be aware of this when making your booking.

Dates: 12:00 Friday 22 May – 2:00 Sunday 24 May

It is important you are there@ 12:00 on Friday as we will be going on an off-site visit immediately after lunch.

Seminar Fee 

$500 Aotearoa Quilters Members / $600 Non-Members

This includes:

  • Lunch Friday Saturday and Sunday.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
  • Morning Tea Saturday and Sunday.
  • Afternoon Tea only on Saturday.

Accommodation Costs at Capital Gateway Motor Inn

Accommodation is available at Capital Gateway. It is convenient to be on-site but not essential that you stay on-site.

Single $160 per night
Twin Share $211 per night ie $105.50 each
Triple Share $205 per night ie $68.30 each


Dinner is available at the restaurant or at the Bar.

Aotearoa Quilters Dinner – Saturday Night $60 ( includes one glass wine/beverage)

If you are staying longer Breakfast is available for $15 from the restaurant.

Registration forms are available here 

Please register by 31st March so that we can confirm our bookings!