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Selected for the 2023 AQC Challenge

For You, You, and You

Happy to share that my quilt – For you, you, and you – was as selected for the 2023 AQC Challenge, themed In Full Bloom. 
My statement reads: For you, you, and you – to remember the time we were in full bloom, when bouquets and flowers were tossed at us. 
The selected quilts will be on show at the Australasian Quilt Convention, 13-16 April 2023, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne


25 March 2022


Selected for Changing Threads 2022

Exposed was selected for Changing Threads 2022 – the Contemporary NZ Textile Fibre Art Award. The exhibition is on at Refinery Artspace in Nelson, from 25 March until -23 April 2022
My thoughts on Exposed: 
Will home ever be the same again? Since the office moved in, home has become more than a private shelter. Home is now a makeshift workspace, a school, a playground, social hub, media centre, and everything in between. Even the bedroom has become a zoom-ready space to shine online. The blurring lines between work and personal life put our most intimate spaces and safety blankets on display. Will this new concept of home rewire our understanding of privacy and exposure?

21 April 2021

Presenting a studio tour at the 2021 virtual Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Conference.

6 December 2019 – 6 January 2020

DLE Artpost Exhibits Dec 2019

September 2019

Happy to have my piece To Klee – With Wool juried into the Art Quilt Australia 2019 exhibition showing at the National Wool Museum Geelong, Victoria, from 6 September – 15 December 2019. This is an exhibition presented by OzQuilt Network.   @ozquiltnetwork


November 2018

Best in Show – Auckland Festival of Quilts 2018

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With thanks to Auckland Quilt Guild and Bernina NZ – for sponsoring Best in Show.


WALL by Norma Slabbert, 2018 – Inspired by a graffiti scrawl on a wall of a Belgrade barrack that was used by refugees and migrants.  Credit:  Quote originally seen on an Alamy photo of a scrawl on a Belgrade barrack wall – believed to be a quote from the poem, Home,  by Warsan Shire.

September 2018 – Selected for Australia Wide Six

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Detail: Tumbleweed by Norma Slabbert, 2018.  ” Once I pulled my roots free I became a slave to the wind….” (Joan Baez).  Selected for Australia Wide Six an Ozquilt touring members’ exhibition,  September 2018

Australia Wide


February 2018 –  Selected for Art Quilt Australia @ Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Saturday 10 February 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018


Detail: Borders by Norma Slabbert, 2016.  While we stitch people flee their homes – tudging over deserts, highways, byways, fields and farmlands – to find closed borders. 

November 2017

Selected for the Japanese Challenge – Natural Sites & Wonders of the World

Shown in Yokohama, Tokyo, France, and New Zealand, 2018.


Scenes from the Seto Inland Sea by Norma Slabbert.  Naoshima  is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, outdoor sculptures, and architecture. It offers viewing experiences that is greatly influenced by the natural environment and beauty of the Seto Inland Sea.  The quilt is inspired by my travel photographs and the special memories we have of our visits to the island.

3-5 November 2017

First Prize, Modern Quilts, Auckland Quilt Guild Inc, Festival of Quilts

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Modern Conundrum (detail) , Norma Slabbert, 2017.  If modern means current, why is the modern quilt all about fabric?  When we dress tradition in white, bright, and bold fabric, what makes it modern?  And what makes grids and graphics modern?  Or is it possible that we are dazzled and duped by a movement driven by commerce and a brilliant fabric marketing campaign?  Could the modern quilt be more than primary, pretty, and perfect?  And could it really be current and carry the worry of our time and reflect the things that excite and provoke us?  Here I’m making a so-called modern quilt, while reports of explosions and trucks mowing people down infiltrate my quilt space.

 9 September – 22 October 2017

Selected for Art Quilt Australia 2017


By Ozquilt network:    Showing at : Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, TASMANIA  ‎

April 2017

Year 60 Quilt by Norma Slabbert – on display at the Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne


Year 60 Quilt by Norma Slabbert on display at the Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne,  20 – 23 April 2017.  For more information visit:


November 2016

Best of Show – Auckland Festival of Quilts 2016,  Auckland


No Entry by Norma Slabbert, Best of Show, Auckland Festival of Quilts 2016,  Auckland.                                      NO ENTRY – two words with the power to ban, exclude, forbid, reject, upset, hurt, injure, infuriate, threaten, annoy, provoke, anger, tempt, challenge, jeopardise, demoralise, despair, destroy, and kill.

Thank you Bernina – for sponsoring my Best of Show at Auckland Festival of Quilts 2016 with this beautiful Bernina B 350.

































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