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I exhibit my work widely in Australia and Internationally and they have been selected for the Canadian World of Threads, Ukraine contemporary Textile, Wangaratta Petite Miniature Textile, Australian Artist Textile Awards and the Australian Fibre Art Award for excellence in Felting and I am published regularly at home and abroad.
I teach sculpture workshops at the AGNSW, London, International Feltmakers Association and Portugal and through-out Australia.
Born South Australia now living and working in Leichhardt, NSW
Denise, a textile artist, uses felt as her sculpture medium. She exhibits her work widely in Australia and Internationally. She teaches felting in places such as Portugal, London and at the AGNSW.
She is published widely including in “Worldwide Colours of Felt”(Netherlands), “Dimensional Cloth, Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists”(USA), “Australian Textile Art Award 2020” and also in her book “Living in a Felt World”.
Denise’s works are produced using an intuitive layering of fibre and fabric for both her sculptures and 2-dimensional works. Growing up on a sheep property in South Australia has inspired her love of working with merino wool.
Her inspiration comes from an emotional response to her surrounding landscapes. She uses felt as it’s an ecological, sustainable textile.
Prizes and Exhibitions
She has won many prizes & has works in private and public collections.
2023 Affordable Art Fair, Sydney, Brenda Colahan Fine Art Gallery, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2023 Finalist, Remagine wasteland or wonderland, Sculpture Prize, Hornsby, NSW
2023 Tone, Line & Form 3 person exhibition The SHAC Gallery, Bowral
2023 In the Wild, group show, The Shop Gallery, Glebe
2022 Craft & Quilt Fair Guest Artist Sydney Olympic Park, The Dome NSW
2022 Affordable Art Show Sydney Brenda Colahan Fine Art stand, Sydney, NSW
2022 Guest Artist Imagination & Abstraction, Royal Art Society, North Sydney, NSW
2022 Wild Wool Australian Art Felting, Gallery 76, Concord West, NSW
2022 Connection Point, NSW & ACT Fibre Artists, Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT
2022 Finalist Wangaratta Petite Miniature prize, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Vic
2022 Finalist Bowral sculpture Prize, BDAS, Bowral, NSW
2022 Finalist Birdland11, Heritage Centre, Blackheath, NSW
2021 Signatures Untethered Fibre Art Manning Regional Art Gallery, Australian Design Centre
2021 Response to Landscape, Brenda Colahan Fine Art Gallery, Putney, NSW
2021 Finalist Australian Fibre Art Awards, Embroiderers Guild, NSW
2020 Finalist Seed & Stitch Contemporary Textile awards, Australia Design Centre, NSW
2020 Finalist Wangaratta Petite miniature textile prize, Wangaratta Art Gallery Vic
2020 Found Narrative Gallery M, Adelaide, SA, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2020 Finalist Australian Textile Art Award, The Embroiderers Guild, Vic.
2020 Finalist Birdland11, Heritage Centre, Blackheath, NSW
2019 Abstracts from the Lowlands & Down Under, Buren, The Netherlands
2019 Finalist Greenway Art Prize, Art Est Gallery, Leichhardt, NSW
2018 Finalist Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile, Australia Design Centre, NSW
2018 Sculpture, Château de Gizeux, Loire Valley, France
2018 Finalist Wangaratta Petite miniature Textiles Wangaratta Art Gallery, Vic
2018 Earth Poetry, Red Poles Gallery McLaren Vale SA
2018 In Transit Untethered fibre artists, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018 Guest Artist & finalist Stitch Cloth Thread Exhibition, NSW Embroidery Guild, NSW
2018 Collective Stitch with Dionne Swift & Students touring UK/Europe/Australia
2017 The 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art, Ukraine
2016 Hunters and Gatherers, Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale SA
2016 Denise Lithgow Textile Artist Solo exhibition, Art Est Gallery Leichhardt, NSW
2016 Finalist Hornsby Sculpture Prize, Wallarobba Gallery, Hornsby, NSW
2016 Finalist Buda Contemporary Textile, Castlemaine, Vic
2015 Coastal Watch Peter Griffen & Denise Lithgow Curve Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
2014 Travelling West-From the Ocean to the Desert,Solo, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, NSW
2014-12 The Red & The Black International World of Threads Festival, Ontario, Canada,
2022 3rd Prize Ku-Ring-Gai sculpture trail
2022 Highly Commended Bowral Sculpture Prize, , Bowral, NSW
2021 Winner Australian Fibre Art Awards excellence felting, Embroiderers Guild, NSW
2018 Highly Commended Camden Sculpture Prize, Camden NSWProfessional Experience
2023 Teaching 3 D Sculpture workshop, Spinners, Weavers & felting group Hervey Bay, Qld
2023 Teaching felt workshop Royal Art Society, North Sydney, NSW
2023 Teaching felt workshop Art Est Art School, Leichhardt, NSW
2023 Teaching Felt workshop Summer School NSW Embroiderers Guild, West Concord, NSW
2022 Teaching Felt workshops Craft & Quilt Fair, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, NSW
2022 Teaching Textiles Sydney workshop, Felt Fleece Rug making, Primrose Park Arts Centre, NSW