The Professional Weavers Network of New Zealand Inc. was formed in 1991 by a group of dedicated weavers who met to formalise aims, and plan how the network would promote excellence in the art of weaving and art textiles. PWN aims to ensure textiles are promoted and recognised as a vibrant, exciting and high quality contemporary art form. This is achieved through working co-operatively to share and develop the expertise of the members.
PWN members come from throughout New Zealand, with most working from home-based studios. They sell directly to the public, and through selected galleries. Many members exhibit work in their own exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas. Teaching is also an important activity for some of the members.
The group holds an annual seminar which provides a stimulating and exciting environment for members and an opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise and new developments within weaving and the fibre arts. Guest speakers are a regular feature.
Exhibitions are planned on a two- to three-year cycle. They are an opportunity for critics to evaluate contemporary functional weaving and fibre art works, and give the public the chance to enjoy and appreciate the work of the members.