Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5918C

Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sandra Darrington  ph: 99259127

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare and set up exhibits of textile products.

It is recommended that you should have completed ALL mandatory core and elective units in the Diploma of Textile Design and Development to undertake this course.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5006A Exhibit textile designs or products


2 Plan exhibition

Performance Criteria:

2.1Exhibition and marketing content is planned and products to be exhibited are selected
2.2Resource requirements are determined and sourced
2.3Exhibition schedules and timelines are determined
2.4Venue management is consulted and bookings are secured
2.5Relevant promotional material is prepared
2.6Floor plans are designed to maximize visual display and appearance.
2.7Appropriate people are consulted to ensure plans are viable and that requirements can be met, and any planning issues are discussed and resolved
2.8Plans are finalised ensuring that all obligations and considerations are addressed


3 Prepare works for exhibition

Performance Criteria:

3.1Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
3.2Suitable method of cataloguing and labeling products for display are identified, undertaken and documented accurately
3.3Transfer, installation, hanging and arranging of works is overseen to ensure presentation and aesthetic requirements are achieved, and according to OHS practices
3.4Problems arising during set up are resolved and documented for future reference


4 Exhibit products

Performance Criteria:

4.1Exhibition is introduced and explained to the audience using appropriate communication tools and techniques
4.2Audience response to exhibition is monitored and feedback received and responded to
4.3Exhibition is closed and dismantling and transfer of displays and equipment is coordinated
4.4Event is finalised with venue management, including payment arrangements


5 Evaluate and analyse event.

Performance Criteria:

5.1Audience response to presentation is used to evaluate overall effectiveness of exhibition
5.2Selected products, display methods and choice of location are analysed and strengths and weaknesses evaluated
5.3Evaluation of exhibition is documented to inform future exhibition planning


1 Determine exhibition requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Objectives of exhibition and target audience are identified
1.2 Products to be exhibited and appropriate means of display are identified
1.3Size or scope of exhibition is determined
1.4Suitable locations for exhibition are investigated in line with types of displays, size and scope of exhibition and needs of target audience
1.5Requirements are documented

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements. This unit applies to planning and undertaking exhibition of textile products such as fabrics, tapestries, woven of knitted products or conceptual pieces.

Products may be exhibited in local outlets such as galleries, shops, art centres or client premises, and may include digital folios and displays.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of activities will be undertaken in and out of class sessions. Students are expected to participate in group work, written reports, presentations , site visits and attend guest lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Date Activity
Excursion/ Assessment Submission Dates

week 1

Introduction, Course outline and Assessment. 

Exhibition, venue,  event fundraising 


week 2

In groups discuss all the aspects that need to be considered when organizing an exhibition
brainstorm roles responsibilities
Determine exhibition requirements
Discuss group work and assessment Discuss roles responsibilities
Discuss fundraising options
Sponsorship what, why, how – research sponsorship options – prepare mailing list

Name for exhibtion

discuss options for catalogue (website,blog, traditional printed)

Homework – Each student must have 2 sponsorship contacts to bring to class on the 25th of July


Fundraising and design teams Finalised. Group work; brain storm, roles, responsibilities, plan resources and establish guidelines for participation

Design Made Trade or Furnitex – This visit will be part of your exhibition analysis, so take note of the questions you are required to address for this assignment.

*Please note, you are expected to attend the trade shows in a time that suits you as we cannot go in scheduled class time

Design Made Trade:
Trade and Industry:
Thursday 19-Friday 20 July
Public: Sat 21 & Sun 22 July 10-5pm
Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens

Furnitex: Dates & Open Hours
Thursday 21 July 9am - 5pm
Friday 22 July 9am - 5pm
Saturday 23 July 10am - 5pm
Sunday 24 July 10am - 4pm
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street, Southbank,
Melbourne, Australia

week 4
 Sponsorship Letters
Analyse writing styles - group work on letter development.
Compiling sponsor lists - mail out

Sponsorship letter
task in class

Contacting sponsors, emailing, letter, cold calling
 Sponsorship letter due at the end of class and must be provided in electronic format

week 5

 Writing Artist statements, grant applications, professional photography, CV’s. Guest Speaker TBC

Consider opening night guest speaker

Life In style 2-5 of August

week 6
 Prepare for Open Day Exhibition and
fundraiser s
Resource requirements are determined and sourced
Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition. Relevant promotional material is prepared
 Sunday 12th August OPEN DAY
 week 7Applications for exhibitions –
Guest speaker TBC
Appropriate people are consulted to ensure plans are viable and that requirements can be met, and any planning issues are discussed and resolved
Applications are finalised ensuring that all obligations and considerations are addressed
week 8
How to write a press release.
PR and Marketing, Guest Speaker Scott Knight
Relevant promotional material is prepared
week 9
 Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 1 – 4
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report


week 10


 Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 5 – 8
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report
week 11
Completing artist statement finalizing submission for promotional package.

Allocated time for group work. Discuss September workshops, other fundraising options– resources, materials needed



week 12
 Visit to Revolt TBC 
 September Break - Holiday workshops 
week 13
Exhibition and marketing content is planned

Relevant promotional material is prepared
week 14

 How to prepare - Exhibition submission proposals, hanging requirements and cataloguing

Counihan Gallery visit TBC

Analyse previous exhibitions and various display techniques and determine exhibition requirements

week 15
Practice set up for opening Promotional package submitted

week 16
Finalise, exhibition submission proposals and prepare for opening nights, exhibition schedule confirmed 
 7 November
MARKING WEEK - SELECTION PANEL -TBCTextile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
Tuesday 20th November                         

All work to be set up during the day

Opening Night at Revolt

Wednesday 21st  NovemberBump out Revolt 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include group tasks, site visits, presentations and preparation of work for exhibition.

Assessment Tasks

Group Assessment

Fundraising and Sponsorship 30%

Students are expected to work in teams to resource requirements and sponsorship for the event .Group and individual participation will be expected.
Assessment criteria will be determined by all students at the start of semester and final feedback will be presented in marking week.

Exhibition Analysis - group task 30%

Provide a PPT presentation and a printed summary of your findings. 
Each group must  visit 3 different venues where work is exhibited

  • a shop, that displays and sells textile products,
  • a gallery - this may include major galleries such as the NGV or smaller artist run spaces.
  • a trade show.

Please ensure  that you answer all the following questions

What is the difference between each venue ?
What is the purpose of each ?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the overall style ?
How may the above factors affect the choice of display methods ?

Include name of each venue and location
What is the process for application to the venue/ event ?

For each venue provide a brief description of the following information:
venue layout and how it is suited to the works on display
Use of lighting and props/stands etc.

Sumit  your report and include any catalogues, invitations or visual references you may have sourced.

You will present your findings in class.

Promotional package 40%

Package to include the following:

  • Artist’s statement
  • High quality photographs of work for catalogue (This will be undetaken in Enhance and Manipulate images) 300 dpi on CD or flash drive - Clearly labeled with your name, media, title of work.
  • Media Release

You must demonstrate and ability to meet deadlines.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

 This exhibition is intended to launch the graduates into the  design and arts Industry and the wider community.

Rules and regulations:

The exhibition will be open to all graduating students - full time or part time

  • All work to be exhibited must be work that has been submitted for assessment.
  • All major areas of course work can be exhibited, ie. screen printing, textiles, paper or other mediums, weaving, machine knitting, tapestry, textile technology, drawing, design etc.
  • Work exhibited must be of the highest standard in design and technique.
  • Work to be exhibited must be submitted to a selection panel, consisting of a staff member from each subject area, as well as where possible, a representative of the industry.
  • Articles for exhibition must be in original condition.
  • Students exhibiting must participate in the following;
    fundraising and sponsorship
    providing mailing lists
    photograph works for catalogues
    concept design for invitations and event
    attending and promoting the exhibition at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition

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