Oceans Apart, Connected by Art (SAQA 2021 Conference)

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Oceans Apart

No matter where you live, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

The silver lining in our COVID cloud is finding a virtual world where we can network and share as never before. This includes our annual SAQA conference which will be held online from April 15-25. This format will allow us to intimately showcase a region on the other side of the world from where our conferences have traditionally been, enriching both hosts and attendees. Plus, you will have opportunities to connect and network like never before!

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$200 USD (50% off regular conference price of $400). No refunds will be issued after April 15. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. 

For this year, we’re going to beautiful Oceania—mainly Australia and New Zealand—for a deep dive into unique, exciting art quilts, and textile art. New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon will discuss how quilting has inspired his work and ideas about creativity during quarantine. The world’s leading wearable art competition, World of WearableArt, will give us a special look behind the scenes. Prepare to be WOW'd!

Other highlights include (view schedule):

  • Presentations from Oceania artists will showcase the people and inspiration that make this region unique.
  • Artist Lisa Call will provide tips on how to get your artwork out of the studio and into the world.
  • Learn how Karol Kusmaul and Martha Wolfe bring artists around the world together through collaborative exhibits.
  • Find out how the only commercial fibre art gallery in Australia, Timeless Textiles, engages their community and promotes fiber art.
  • Artist Jenny Bowker will talk about defining boundaries about cultural appropriation.
  • PLUS: Lightning Talks, Spotlight Auction, studio tours, and online chat sessions with other attendees.

So please get ready to sign up for an experience that might otherwise be out of reach for many of us. Need further encouragement? We have reduced the regular conference rate by 50% even though we have even MORE content to share! And since it's all online, you can take part without reserving a flight - no passport required!

 

Check out our full schedule of events - we have something to offer from April 15 through April 25.
Presentations from Oceania artists will showcase the people and inspiration that make this region unique. Plus Austin Kleon will discuss how quilting has inspired his work and the World of WearableArt will give us a special look behind the scenes.
Have questions about the conference? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at conference@saqa.com.
Get YOUR work in the Spotlight!
This year, the Spotlight Auction will be an online event taking place during the Oceans Apart Connected by Art Virtual Conference (April 16-24, 2021). This is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased to a world-wide audience.
Conference Details

Below are the main conference times. View Full Schedule

US Eastern Daylight timezone (GMT -4)
Thursday, April 15: 2pm & 7pm (two Icebreaker sessions - choose one)
Friday, April 16: 7pm - 10pm
Saturday, April 17: 7pm - 10pm
Friday, April 23: 7pm - 10pm
Saturday, April 24: 7pm - 10pm
* optional daily activities will be held April 19-22 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Sydney NSW timezone (GMT +10)
Friday, April 16: 6am & 9am (two Icebreaker sessions - choose one)
Saturday, April 17: 9am - 12pm
Sunday, April 18: 9am - 12pm
Saturday, April 24: 9am - 12pm
Sunday, April 25: 9am - 12pm
* optional daily activities will be held April 20-23 from 8:30am-10am

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All times reflect consideration for our Oceania presenters and attendees.
  • Some of the content will be presented simultaneously - you do not have to select which session you want to attend at registration.
  • All presentations will be recorded and available for viewing within a day. Attendees will also have access to recordings for 3 months after the event.

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$200 USD (50% off regular conference price of $400). No refunds will be issued after April 15. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. 

 

Questions? Please contact us at conference@saqa.com

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"Thank you for letting us be together in an exciting new format, to celebrate what we all love - the art quilt. Our friendships have grown, we have been inspired by phenomenal speakers, we can take all we have seen and learned and continue to create thoughtful beauty for our new world. " - 2020 Virtual Conference attendee

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