PLEASE GIVE AN INCH IN 2017
In a journey that spans four decades the Australian Tapestry Workshop has been recognised both nationally and internationally for its unique, innovative and collaborative approach to the weaving of contemporary tapestries. Through the vision of many clients and supporters the ATW has woven over 500 tapestries, which hang in a diverse range of public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Thank you to everyone who believed in us and has supported the work of the ATW during our first 40 years.
The impact of recent fundraising has also been far reaching; in 2016 we achieved the significant milestone of 40 years of tapestry creation, we wove beautiful tapestries that have enriched public and private spaces and importantly we engaged three young weaver interns to help take us forward through our next 40 years. We launched our new publication Many Hands and engaged all levels of the community through our diverse range of public programs. We are deeply committed to collaborating with living artists, designers and architects and to bringing the excellence of Australian tapestry weaving to broader national and international audiences.
Whilst it is important to celebrate past achievements, the ATW is very focused on ensuring the future of contemporary tapestry weaving in Australia. Securing a bright future holds some significant financial challenges; every year we need to raise 85% of our operational income. The ATW would not be able to continue without the generosity of our marvellous donors.
Any donation you make to our 2017 GIVE AN INCH appeal will support the work of our highly skilled weavers in creating magnificent contemporary tapestries. With your help we can ensure this unique place, where many find pleasure and inspiration, is both protected and nurtured. We look forward to taking the opportunity to sharing stories of our progress with you, our invaluable supporter.
Thank you so much for supporting the Australian Tapestry Workshop and ensuring the future of contemporary tapestry weaving in Australia.
Antonia Syme, Director, Australian Tapestry Workshop
HELP US KEEP THE ART OF HAND-MADE CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRY ALIVE AND THRIVING. WE ARE COMMITED TO AN INNOVATIVE AND COLLOBORATIVE APPROACH TO TAPESTRY WEAVING. YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT:
The renaissance of a skilled art form - tapestries take many months for a team of weavers to create. Due to the intricate process required to create a hand-woven tapestry, the cost of production is around $25 per inch.
Our Weaver Intern Program - this ensures the long-term sustainability of the ATW through senior weavers passing on their skills to the next generation of weavers.
Our Tapestry Design Prize for Architects - with an international reach and heading into its third year the prize has reinvigorated the historical connection between architectural design and tapestry.
Our Artists in Residence program - which allows artists of diverse experiences and disciplines to immerse themselves in our unique studio environment. Cross-pollination and community engagement is encouraged through our annual AIR exhibition and a series of evening AIR talks.
Our Weaving into Wellbeing program - which has shown that patients practicing tapestry weaving can speed up recovery, improve dexterity and concentration and discover an outlet for relaxation and creativity.
HELP US CONTINUE OUR WORK AS AN INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE. WE ARE A WORLD LEADER IN THE WEAVING OF CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRIES, AS WELL AS A UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTION. YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT:
Us in our mission of maintaining the medium of handmade tapestry right here in Australia - in a world that is increasingly focused on the mechanised manufacture of mass produced goods we are unique.
Our work as a leading producer of public art - we are now seeking support for a large World War 1 commemorative tapestry to be displayed at the new Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Our Embassy Tapestry Collection - this significant and growing program established in the early 2000s creates and displays tapestries designed by Indigenous Australians to audiences worldwide.
Tapestry knowledge - our new publication Many Hands: The First 40 Years of the Australian Tapestry Workshop engages contemporary writers from around Australia to bring the stories of the ATW to life.
The work of our specialist dyer - who is responsible for the dyeing our environmentally sustainable Australian wool to create our palette
of 370+ colours.
Due to the labour intensive process required to create a hand-woven tapestry, the cost of production is approximately $25 per inch.
The Tapestry Foundation of Australia plays a vital role in assisting the ATW to achieve excellence in creativity and innovation.
By making a donation to The Tapestry Foundation of Australia you are helping the ATW continue to keep the specialist skills in the art of contemporary tapestry alive in Australia. All donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.