AFAA Convention 2021

New Visons AFAA Convention

Registration for the AFAA 2021 Convention “New Visions” has closed.

Results of the competition will be available on this website on Wednesday 11 November 2021.

Recordings of the demonstrations and workshops will be available in January 2022.

Links for each session for those who have registered will be sent to your email address on Saturday 6 November 2021.

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Mittagong 2018

Ngaire Gamack demonstration - Broken Pots

You are invited to



to be held on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February 2018 at Mittagong R.S.L. Club

Old Hume Highway, Mittagong 2575.



4.00 pm – 8.00 pm     Staging of classes 1 – 12


7.45 am – 9.00 am        Staging for classes 1 – 12

9.00 am – 9.45 am       Judging and morning tea (at own expense)

9.45 am – 10.00 am   Opening and Welcome by NSWFAA President

10.00 am – 11.30 am   Demonstration – Back to Basics – Cecily Rogers

11.45 am – 12.45 pm   Demonstration – Parallel Arrangements – Mary Sweeney

12.45 pm – 1.15 pm     Judges comments/analysis of exhibits

1.15 pm – 2.15 pm      Lunch (at own expense)

2.15 pm – 3.15 pm     Demonstration – Bush Art – Peter Rainger

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm      Demonstration / Workshop – Floral Jewellery for women and men – Ann Crasti – design to be created for wearing at Friendship Dinner but all welcome to attend.  WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS:

  • Long nosed or needle nosed pliers and snippers;
  • A spool of decorative wire (may be available on trading table);
  • Cold glue (if you have your own tube);
  • A small selection of any of the following: beads, decorative buttons, small gumnuts, bark, dried flower and grass heads, leaves, anything small and interesting.
  • A few small flowers or succulents

4.30 pm  –                    Judges Meeting

6.30pm                        FRIENDSHIP DINNER (at own expense) –  ALL WELCOME

(Venue to be advised)  –  please wear your floral accessories (women and men) including fascinators, corsages, floral jewellery, crowns and mens buttonholes for judging by a popular vote.



8.30 am – 9.30am        NSW FAA General Meeting

9.30 am – 10.00 am     Morning tea (at own expense)

10.00 am – 10.15 am   Opening and Welcome by NSWFAA President

10.15 am – 11.15 am   Demonstration – Still Life – Modern & Traditional; Assemblage –  Madhu Shah

11.30 am – 12.30 pm   Demonstration  – Wall Hangings – Ngaire Gamack

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm     Competition hints / Class Interpretations / Q&A

Close and dismantling of exhibits

Cost:   NSWFAA Members  –  Friday – $20;    Saturday- $10

Non Members  –  Friday – $25;    Saturday- $15

Visitors viewing exhibits only  –  gold coin donation and/or $5 for each demonstration

All proceeds to the NSW Floral Art Association.

Competition – Open / Intermediate / Novice

Best in Show will be awarded by the judge/s from the 1st place winners of Classes 1-12.

OPEN TO ALL  –  Bench space as indicated

Class 1   It’s All Black and White  Bench Space – 60cm

Class 2   High Tea – horticultural material to predominate – e.g. floral cakes, incorporated with appropriate china / glassware.  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 3   Landscape From A Drone  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 4   Creative Line (Modern Design  –  Line is the dominant element.  A minimum amount of plant material is placed radially in a linear direction.  Man-made objects may be used to provide a line.  The silhouette is open and a modern type of container is used.  Plant material is chosen to provide a modern, dramatic effect and may be manipulated.  AFAA Manual definition page 49).  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 5   My Choice  –  Bench Space – 60cm  (This class may be withdrawn at 4.15pm Friday 2 February if only attending for one day otherwise design must remain on show bench until 12.30 Saturday as the exhibits will be on display to the public until 12 noon).

Class 6   Entwined – a petite design.  (A design of any style, over 10cm and less than 23cm overall (height, width and depth).  All components, container, plant material, base, etc, must be in scale with one another within the size limitation.  AFAA Manual definition Page 54)


INTERMEDIATE CLASSES:  refer to Show Rule 22.  Bench space as indicated.

Class 7   Still Life  –  Morning Tea (Modern Design  –  a design of plant material and related objects of everyday life with a similar purpose presented in a unified grouping.  Objects should be actual size and true to function and chosen for their contrasting harmony of colour, form, texture, size and contribution to interpreting the theme and design.  The design is interpreted more by the objects used than by the plant material.  Refer page 52 of AFAA Manual).  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 8   Diagonal Line (Traditional Design  –  Based on a straight line between two opposite angles of a rectangle.  The length of the diagonal line is approximately one and a half times the height of the container.  Tall, slim containers are suited.  The design is viewed frontally.  AFAA Manual definition page 41 and diagrams pages 85 & 86).  Bench Space – 60cm

Class 9   Wrap and Roll  –  Bench Space – 40cm  (This class may be withdrawn at 4.15pm Friday 2 February if only attending for one day otherwise design must remain on show bench until 12.30 Saturday as the exhibits will be on display to the public until 12 noon).


NOVICE CLASSES  –  refer to Show Rule 22.  Bench space as indicated

Class 10  Patio or Barbeque Table Arrangement  –  A design for outdoor living, generally informal (refer Informal Design page 132 (b)).  May be more creative and interesting.  Informal types of flowers, fruits, succulents, etc and baskets, wooden platters, ceramic and pottery containers are more suitable than delicate, finer types of flowers and containers.  Refer pages 74-75 of AFAA Manual).  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 11  Horizontal Design – Dominant placements are horizontal.  Bench Space – 70cm

Class 12  Take 3  –  Bench Space – 30cm  (This class may be withdrawn at 4.15pm Friday 2 February if only attending for one day otherwise design must remain on show bench until 12.30 Saturday as the exhibits will be on display to the public until 12 noon).


Registration and Class entries no later than Monday 29 January would be appreciated – please register by completing the form below. The Show Secretary will acknowledge all registrations by email.

Registration – NSWFAA Mittagong 2018

* indicates required


All classes have green material on the bench except class 6 – which will be on grey petite stands on a black marble bench.

  • Bench space  –  as indicated   
  • Bench depth 65cm                                    
  • Height unlimited
  • Horticultural material to predominate                                
  • All exhibits judged from the front and sides.
  • Designs may be brought in ready for staging.                   
  • All exhibits judged under the guidelines of the AFAA Manual.
  1. An exhibit is made of plant material, with or without accessories, within a space specified in the Show Schedule.
  2. The use of artificial plant material is forbidden.
  3. Fresh plant material must be in water or in water-retaining material unless such material remains turgid throughout the event.
  4. Painted and/or artificially coloured plant material may be used.
  5. Plant material must predominate over all other components of the exhibit.
  6. Judges decision is final and no correspondence with be entered into.
  7. Exhibits must be the individual competitor’s own work.
  8. Drapes, bases and accessories may be used.
  9. All class entries to be received by Monday 29 January to Show Secretary Ray Bradley
  10. All acceptances will be acknowledged by email with further details where applicable.
  11. Competitors are requested to ensure that no water damages the floor and that worksheets are used on the floor at all times during staging.
  12. Competitors must place own debris in plastic bags and remove the same to designated disposal areas.
  13. NO AEROSOL/SPRAY painting permitted in the venue or environs.
  14. A design must not be changed in any way after it is judged.
  15. NSWFAA does not accept liability for any loss or damage.
  16. Competitors may use own bases and backing in stated staging areas but no attachment to any part of the room.
  17. Exhibits will be marked “Not According to Schedule” if they are out of the Class allotted space.
  18. Judging will be in accordance with the AFAA Manual.
  19. The Show Committee reserves the right to accept entries past the date stated.
  20. No photographs may be transmitted to electronic media prior to judging.
  21. Competitors should make themselves aware of locally listed Noxious Weeds, Weeds of National Significance, National Environmental Alert List Weeds and Water Weeds. Details for Noxious Weeds in the Southern Highlands can be found at
  22. NOVICE: A novice is an exhibitor who has not won a first place at a NSWFAA meeting or Seminar.  After winning five first places a Novice will be promoted to the Intermediate Section.

INTERMEDIATE:  An exhibitor who wins three first places will be promoted to the Open Section.

Novice/Intermediate exhibitors may enter the Open section.  If an exhibitor wins a first place, they have to stay in Open grade and cannot compete as a Novice or Intermediate again.