Our South Melbourne tapestry studio is at the heart of all of our activities. We are sure you will agree its colour, light and energy is inspiring to all who visit. We find inspiration in the generosity of many visionary donors and clients, who have enabled over 500 tapestries to be handwoven on our looms. In 2018 we are looking for philanthropic support to increase the number of tapestries on our looms; this will increase production, create jobs, provoke innovation, and share our tapestries to the rest of the world. We have some exciting new artistic, cultural and community enrichment projects to get up and running, but we need your help! Securing a bright future holds some significant financial challenges; every year we need to raise 85% of our operating income.

We invite you to join our community of valued supporters by making a tax-deductible donation to our annual GIVE AN INCH appeal. Your contribution will play a vital role in the development of the ATW. 


Supporters annually donating $1000 and above will join other passionate donors in playing a significant role in the growth and longevity of the ATW. Enjoy unique access to the Australian Tapestry Workshop, engage with leading contemporary artists, designers, architects as well as the ATW weavers, and gain a privileged view of the processes involved in realising our extraordinary tapestries.


Due to the intricate process required to create a hand-woven tapestry, the cost of production starts from $25 per square inch. Your GIVE AN INCH donation, no matter how many inches, will play a part in keeping the art of contemporary handmade tapestry alive and thriving in Australia. You’ll be amazed at what we can do with even the most modest amounts.


Spread your support out over the year by becoming a GIVE AN INCH MONTHLY donor. By donating monthly via direct debit, you will be providing the ATW with regular income that will help us plan more efficiently for the years to come.


The ATW is one of Australia’s biggest producers of public art. Every year hundreds of thousands of people view tapestries woven by the ATW. In 2018 we are working with partners to place tapestries in architect-designed public spaces, including hospitals, libraries and public galleries. The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects returns for the third time, offering an unparalleled opportunity for architects to consider the marvellous capacity that tapestries have to transform interior spaces.

By supporting the annual GIVE AN INCH appeal, you will contribute to the creation of contemporary tapestry works of art that everyone can enjoy.


The ATW is a social space for all to engage with tapestry, textiles and contemporary art. Your support will help us keep our doors open, as well as activate our beautiful heritage listed building with a range of public programs. 

The annual Artist in Residence program invites a diverse range of artists to immerse themselves in our unique studio environment. In recent years we have seen increased interest from national and international applicants. Your contribution will help us provide scholarships for artists travelling for the residency.

In 2017 we partnered with Arterie at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital, Sydney and the St George Foundation to deliver a ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ program. The program offers cancer patients a hands-on tapestry weaving activity that aims to improve their hospital environment; through the offering of colour, texture and a gentle humanising impact. Suitable for patients of all ages, ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ participants can benefit in improving dexterity and concentration, as well as enjoy an outlet for contemplation and creativity. Your donation could give us the capacity to extend the program to additional hospitals, disadvantaged schools, refugees and marginalised communities. 

The weaving of experimental samples is one of the first steps of each tapestry project. The process gives the weavers and the collaborating artist, architect or designer an opportunity to explore vision, scale, colour, texture and technique and ultimately sets the creative direction for each tapestry.

Your support will enable cross-disciplinary projects with leading artists, architects and designers that will push the boundaries of contemporary tapestry weaving.


In a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on the mechanised manufacture of mass-produced goods, the ATW champions vibrant tapestries crafted with the highest integrity. Every tapestry is made by hand and therefore takes many months for a team to weave. Our specialist dyer is responsible for dyeing the highest quality and ethically grown Australian wool to form our base palette of 370+ colours. 

Your contribution will ensure the long-term sustainability of the ATW; our senior weavers are passing their expert skills to the next generation through the weaver intern program. 


Since its early days, the ATW has collaborated with Aboriginal artists, initially working with remote communities in the Western Desert on tapestries for the foyers of the Arts Centre, Melbourne. More recently the ATW and TFA’s Embassy Tapestry Collection places tapestries designed by Indigenous artists in major Australian Embassies and High Commissions around the world.  

Philanthropic support will assist in a partnership with Short Black Opera’s soprano Deborah Cheetham AO, who will develop a series of musical works that respond to each Embassy Collection tapestry in collaboration with musicians local to each host country.