International Year of Batik Newsletter – February 2024

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We are proud and pleased to announce the International Batik Competition 2024 -25.

The Competition Opening date is January 1st 2024 and the Closing date is September 30th 2024.

Please go to the Year of Batik website and complete steps 1 and 2 by filling out the application form, then proceeding to pay $10 USD entry fee.  This entry fee is to defray some of the Year of Batik operating costs.

An application form and entry fee is required for each entry.

We invite all Batik artists to submit one high resolution jpeg of their Batik art (above 1 MB please) plus one detail jpeg in the following categories:

  • Representational/FigurativeBatik
    Abstract Art Batik
  • Traditional Batik
  • Mixed Media Batik
  • Apparel and Home Decor Batik
  • Natural Dye Batik

In all categories except Mixed Media Batik, only batiks on fabric using dyes will be accepted.

Each piece of art should be titled with dimensions and the materials used.

The entries will be judged by an international team of Batik experts and the results will be published by the end of this year. 

All inquiries can be sent to


Batik Guild International Exhibition at Naples Botanical Garden in Florida May 4th – June 30th, 2024. Keep the date. 

The exhibition is celebrating the start of the International Year of Batik 2024-5. The Batik Guild has been invited to have an International Batik exhibition at Naples Botanical Garden in Florida from May 4th – June 30th 2024. 

The Title is ‘Patterns of Change’.

The Theme is:

‘Our planet is experiencing a rapid and intense change in climate which impacts all life on Earth. This juried exhibition features artworks created by members of The Batik Guild. The group of 

international artists created work that visualises environmental changes experienced or observed in their personal lives; inspiring change and rousing hope in our communities.’

31 batiks have been chosen for the exhibition. Batik artists from Australia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Chile, UK, Canada, and USA.

Another exhibition to look out for in the summer is The Batik Guild International exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, in Rugby, UK. from Tuesday 16th July – Saturday 10th August, 2024. The deadline for entries is May 1st, 2024. The title is ‘Celebrating the International Year of Batik 2024-5.’ Only Batik Guild members can submit work. (An opportunity to join the Batik Guild, if you aren’t a member already?)

Thanks to Ricky Tims interview with Jonathan and Beth Evans on his quilting podcast, the IYOB has been contacted by many of his followers who have interest in finding out more about batik. Artists have bought the 2024 Batik Guild Calendar and many of them have joined the Batik Guild.

To the Artists featured on the artist community page of our website,

We love that you are here exhibiting your art, sharing your individual stories and connecting with other artists and collectors in the Batik community and around the world.

The administrative costs associated to the website, to date, have been paid for by a small group of donors who are dedicated to the art of Batik, and for which we are truly thankful and appreciative.

As of July 1, 2024, to cover some of the administration costs associated with maintaining the website we humbly request the Artists in our community to pitch in. This would be in the form of a small annual subscription of $25.00 USD. The subscription will keep your story and your art featured on the website as well as maintaining your status as a participant in the International Year of Batik. In doing so you will also aid in our efforts to continue raise awareness, inspire others and renew interest in the artistry of wax and dye.

Your participation, contribution and commitment to the International Year of Batik is appreciated.

If you are a Batik artist interested in being included on our community page and exhibiting your work in our gallery, please email for more information.

We are still actively searching for sponsorship, donations and contributions for the Year of Batik project. We have continual operating costs and all offers of support are welcome and will be considered. Go to the Year of Batik website donations and contributions page if you can help .  Many thanks for your interest and support.

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