The Art of the Tea Towel – Exhibition


March 5 – 14 May 2022
Once Only
Opening Hours
10:00am - 4:00pm
87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
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Please join us for a visual celebration of domestic art – the humble tea towel.

This exhibition features a diverse display of tea towels from the past 6 decades. It explores the personal connections to these textile treasures – from collectors, designers and makers.

Over 50 tea towels were submitted for consideration under the condition that they had to be accompanied by their story. They range from artists’ responses to the natural environment and the Covid pandemic to inherited gems from mothers and grandmothers, with stories of Country, of immigration and others of visitation to their family’s matriarchal domains. Travel mementos are also a strong theme, encapsulating precious memories of exploration in far-off places. They range from beautiful botanical illustrations, recipe instructions, political messages, to the downright humorous. It’s all there – with a selection of tea towels also for sale.

Our tea towels will be on exhibition at Rusten House Art Centre Queanbeyan, accompanied by their stories, till 14 May 2022 and will form part of the Regional and National Heritage Festival program throughout April and May. The exhibition’s official opening will be celebrated on Saturday 5 March and launched by the National Director of the Australian Museums & Galleries Association, Katie Russell.



Family Friendly
Non Smoking
Public Toilet
Free Wifi
Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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