Call for Submissions

Opens: Mar. 26, 2018
Ends: Apr. 30, 2018

Be sure to subscribe for updates so you hear about our call. The information below will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the 2018 call for submissions.


Four Options for Submitting

Body of Work – Maximum 10 pieces + details.

Individual Pieces – Maximum 10 pieces + details.

Installations – Maximum 10 pieces + details and renderings.

#hashtivism – Maximum 10 pieces + details.


Festival 2014: The Gallery: The Red & The Black exhibition.



About Submissions

Festival Dates: October 13, 2018 – November 25, 2018

Opening Reception: October 20, 2018

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We are excited to see your new work!

Artists from around the world are invited to submit bodies of work, installations or individual pieces to the festival. The three curators will draw from the pool of submissions to create different thematic group exhibitions. We also mount dozens of solo shows in the corridor galleries.

Something that’s different about World of Threads is that we let the art guide us. We don’t have predetermined curatorial ideas or impose our concepts on the artists. Each festival is a blank slate. Shows develop entirely out of the submissions received. Your work might inspire an entire exhibition! For Festivals 2016, 2014 and 2012 we curated using this process and it worked very successfully. We’re also open to work that is not made of fibre materials but instead uses techniques of fibre like sewing and weaving.

Festival 2018 will be focused around Queen Elisabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. In addition to the beautiful gallery, we will also be using the Display Area, the Corridor Galleries, and lobby areas of the entire facility.


Festival 2014: The Display Area


Festival Background

The World of Threads Festival is a leading international showcase of contemporary fibre and textile art. We are a not-for-profit initiative with charitable status run by two dedicated volunteers Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate. The Festival is ambitious and constantly expanding into new territory. We believe that some of the most exciting and compelling artwork being made today is happening in the field of fibre arts. Through our initiatives we have discovered some remarkable artists and brought them to the attention of Canadian and international audiences.

We began in Oakville, Ontario in 1994 as a single exhibition, expanding to a full festival in 1998 and becoming international in 2009. Festival 2014 had 255 artworks and 97 artists from 10 countries. The festival draws visitors from across the region and internationally and has featured work submitted by hundreds of artists from around the world. In 2015 Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate won the Oakville Arts Council 2015 Community Impact Arts Award.

Our website has become a central hub for lovers of fibre art with our Fibre Artist Interviews series. To date we have conducted over 135 interviews with Canadian and international artists. We encourage you to spend some time on our website to see what we have done in the past. For some examples of previous artists and exhibitions look under Artwork or check out our Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews. We are working on getting the albums up from the last festival.


Previous festivals have featured artists from: Countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the USA.

Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.


Festival 2014: Solo Exhibtions in the Halls. Louise Lemieux Bérubé


Galleries for 2018

Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville



Chair & Festival Curator: Dawne Rudman

Festival Curator: Gareth Bate


Festival 2014: The Living Arts Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

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Festival 2012: The Gallery: Quiet Zone exhibition.

How to Submit

Three Options for Submitting

Body of Work – Maximum 10 pieces + details.

Individual Pieces – Maximum 10 pieces + details.

Installations – Maximum 10 pieces + details and renderings.

#hashtivism – Maximum 10 pieces + details and renderings.



We are open to artists from all countries.

All artwork must have been made after March 2016 (the date of our last call for submissions)

All work must be available for exhibition during the Festival: Saturday Oct, 13 to Sunday Nov. 25, 2018 and the two weeks prior and after these dates for installation and take down.

No entry can be withdrawn from the exhibition once it has been accepted. All work must be original – No patterns or commercial kits are acceptable.

Artists cover the cost of shipping.


Submission Fee: $42

The submission fee covers our costs and time for processing the submissions. This fee covers a maximum of ten pieces (10 full images and 10 details). If you would like to submit an additional round of pieces you may do another submission by paying an additional $42. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Why we have a submission fee:

The World of Threads Festival as a whole is organized by two dedicated volunteers. It is a not-for-profit organization. Because we don't have the revenue of a gallery we need to charge submission fees to make this event happen. We don't have the money to pay artist fees. Running the festival involves paying for exhibition space, web design, design and printing of promotional materials, digitial promotion and design, professional installers, installation materials, liability insurance for the galleries, sponsored buses, opening receptions, to name a few. We receive a small grant that helps to cover our annual costs but is not sufficient to run an international art festival.


Festival 2012: Memento Mori exhibition.

Submission Process

1) Basic Info

2) Support Material

3) Image List

4) Images

5) Send Your Entry

6) Pay Submission Fee


1) Basic Info

FORMAT: Word Doc/x submitted via email.

Provide the following information:

Your Name:

Phone Number (home, mobile):



City: Province/State:



What type of Submission are you sending?

i) Body of Work

ii) Individual Pieces

iii) Installation

iv) Hashtivism Exhibition


Other Info: Does your work require any special installation? (Give details)

Are you available to help install the work yourself?

Has the work been exhibited in the Greater Toronto Area before? If so where and when?


Payment Method:


International Money Order


2) Support Material:

FORMAT: Word Doc/x submitted via email.

Make sure your name and contact info are at the top of each page.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Bio (200 words. In third person, explain your artistic career and background as it relates to your submitted work.)

Artist Statement (You can submit multiple statements if necessary.)


3) Image List

FORMAT: Word Doc/x submitted via email.

Make sure your name and contact info is at the top of the page.

Describe each image:

Title, Date, Dimensions (H x W x D cm), Medium (Do not say mixed-media, please indicate what it is made of). Technique (e.g. woven tapestry).

Indicate if the work is framed or mounted.


The image list should look like this:


1) Woven Dreams, 2015, 24 H x 32 W x 1D cm, cotton warp, mixed weft including: jute, linen, metallic threads, raffia, silk, synthetic and wool, Technique: Haute-lisse (aka Vertical or High warp) Woven Tapestry. Framed.

2) Detail: Woven Dreams, 2015, 24 H x 32 W x 1D cm, cotton warp, mixed weft including: jute, linen, metallic threads, raffia, silk, synthetic and wool, Technique: Haute-lisse (aka Vertical or High warp) Woven Tapestry. Framed.


4) Images

Note: Submitted attached in an email.

Maximum 10 images (per submission).

Submit one detail image for every piece submitted. (So a total of 20 images.)

jpgs only. (No TIFF or PSD files)

Saved as 72 dpi resolution. Do not save as 300 dpi resolution.

Maximum 1024 pixels wide.

If submitting an installation you may submit multiple images.

Jpg titles must correspond to the image list. Please indicate when an image is a detail.


Jpgs should be numbered and labeled like this:




Documentation Guidelines:

High quality documentation is more likely to lead to your work being accepted.

If possible please don't photograph work against black or coloured backgrounds. Ideally all work should be photographed against a white backdrop. Why? Coloured and dark backgrounds are very misleading from our perspective since the work is displayed against white walls. If you do submit with coloured backgrounds we may ask you to submit an informal context photo showing what the work looks like ordinarily.

Please include the edges of all artwork. Do not crop the edges, show us the full form. This is crucial for fibre work. We need to be able to understand what we are looking at.

We may ask you individually to submit an informal "in context" photo if we have trouble visualizing the work or understanding the scale. If you want you can voluntarily submit a casual in context shot as an extra image. This is very helpful to us.

If framed or mounted, it would be helpful if you submit an informal photo with the frame or backing visible. This is extra and doesn't need to count as one of your 20 images.


5) Send Your Entry

  • Send the complete submission to:
  • In the email subject line write:

    Your Name: 2018 Submission 1


    Applications must arrive by Sunday, April 30, 2018 at 12:00 Midnight.

    Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.


    6) Pay Submission Fee

    Methods of Payment:

    PayPal: To pay via PayPal click below:

    Note: The PayPal button says, “donate” – this is because we are a not for profit organization. International Money Order (payable to World of Threads Festival) Awesome! We look forward to seeing your new work!



    Awesome! We look forward to seeing your new work!


    Do you have questions?

    First check our Frequently Asked Questions.

    Email Dawne Rudman: