UPCOMING EXHIBITION:
2017 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries 

Exhibition of the finalists in the Kate Derum and Irene Davies Awards for Small Tapestries

Opening of exhibition and award announcement: Tuesday 8 August 6 - 8pm
Exhibition runs until 29 September 2017

Click here to see full list of finalists


 

Past Events

 

2017

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 2017
29.07.17

This year we will again be open for OHM17 - a chance to visit ATW on the weekend. 

OPENING HOURS
Saturday 29 July 2017 10am – 4pm

TOUR DETAILS
Guided tours will run four times a day (10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm) and focus on the architecture, history and modern use of the building. 20 people per tour for approximately 20 minutes.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING 
Free drop in kids weaving activity offered all day. This is a hands-on activity where children will get to try their hand at weaving and take home their work.

ATW Artists in Residence will be showcasing hand made artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

Artists participating: 

  • Cat Rabbit

  • Alicia Bryson Haynes

  • Superpleased

  • Vicki Mason

  • Claire McArdle

  • Emma Greenwood 


 

FRIENDS OF THE ATW LECTURE SERIES: Making Morning Star
20.07.17

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green discuss the Morning Star tapestry for the new Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux, France, opening in April 2018.

We have a new and significant tapestry on the loom, which will be a powerful and sensitive commemorative tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Western Front. The Morning Star tapestry, designed by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green will hang in the new Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Lyndell and Charles have been official war artists in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have had over 30 exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

This tapestry will evoke the experience of Australian soldiers arriving at war, with their memories of their departure from home, freedom and Australia's clear light. Within this tapestry design, the artists explore the complex notions of visual and cultural archival structures and the entwined connections between memory, place and displacement. Morning Star will be woven by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton. It will take over 4000 weaver hours, and use environmentally sustainable Australian wool that is custom dyed on site by our specialist dyer, Tony Stefanovski.

At the Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St South Melbourne, VIC 3205

  

 

EXHIBITION: ATWAIR16
17.5.17

An exhibition of ATW Artists in Residence from 2016. Exhibition ran from 17 May – 7 July 2017

Aliça Bryson-Haynes & Lizzy Sampson
Andrei Davidoff
Anna Dunnill
Cat Poljski
Claire McArdle
Clementine Barnes
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga
HANDMADE LIFE
Jennifer Goodman
John Brooks
Kirsty Macafee
Louise Meuwissen
Martha Poggioli
Penelope Hunt
Sera Waters

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Carly Snoswell, Christopher O’Brien & Emma Greenwood
27.06.17

Time: 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm

Carly Snoswell
Christopher O’Brien
Emma Greenwood


Join our Artists in ResidenceCarly SnoswellChristopher O’Brien & Emma Greenwood for artist talks and panel discussion. Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6:30pm (please join us for refreshments from 6pm). Free event. 


 

EXHIBITION: ELEMENTS
17.05.17 - 09.06.17

ELEMENTS: Earth, fire, air, water

10 artists from each of three countries, the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom, have brought together their small format hand woven tapestries in this international touring exhibition. The artists were selected by a co-ordinator in each country to demonstrate a range of experience and approaches. In Australia, the artists were selected from the ACT and NSW only. Each tapestry measures no more than 25 cm x 25 cm.

The exhibition aims to inspire and educate the onlooker in relation to the variety of approaches to both woven tapestry and a theme. 

Curated by Valerie Kirk.

USA

Janet Austin

Mary Cost

Tricia Goldberg

Letitia Roller

LaDonna Mayer

Alex Friedman

Kathe Todd-Hooker

Tommy McClure Scanlin

Mary Lane

Sarah Warren

 

United Kingdom

Jane Freear-Wyld

Mike Wallace

Joyce Coulton

Jackie Bennett

Victoria Green

Janet Clark

Beryl Hammill

Christine Sawyer

Christine Paine

Lindsey Marshall

 

Australia

Whitley Rosenberg

Lisa Molvig

Diana Wood-Conroy

Dimity Kidston

Brenda Goggs

Anton Veenstra

Dan Edwards

Sally Blake

Shunyam Smith

Valerie Kirk

EMERALD HILL CULTURAL PRECINCT: Sound & Colour Series #4
26.05.17

Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound & Colour Series #4. Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries. 

WHEN: Friday 26 May 2017, 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm)

COST: Free

WHERE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 -266 Park St South Melbourne, VIC 

 

Featuring a collaborative piece curated by Peter Knight and performed by:

Laura Barton, Violin, ANAM

Alexander MacDonald, Viola, ANAM

Eliza Shephard, Flute, ANAM

Peter Knight, Trumpet, MAV

Brandon Lee, Koto, MAV

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Jennifer McCamely, Superpleased & Zilverster
11.05.17

Jennifer McCamley

Superpleased (Sue Buchanan & Eli Giannini)

Zilverster (Sharon Goodwin & Irene Hanenbergh)

 

Join our Artists in Residence Superpleased, Zilverster & Jennifer McCamley for artist talks and panel discussion.

Date: Thursday 11 May 2017, 6:30pm (please join us for refreshments from 6pm)

Cost: Free

Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne 

 

 

EXHIBITION: Body and Cloth: Performing textiles
17.02.2017

17 February – 13 April 2017 

In association with the Asia TOPA festival, the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s exhibition Body and Cloth: Performing Textiles brings together work by artists from Australia and the Asia-Pacific who examine the relationship between cloth and the body.

Troy-Anthony Baylis (Jawoyn/AUS)
Eric Bridgeman (Papua New Guinea/AUS)
John Brooks (AUS)
Elisa Jane Carmichael (Quandamooka/AUS)
Sarah crowEST (AUS)
Kate Just (AUS)
Ema Shin (Japan/AUS)
Slow Art Collective (Japan/AUS)
Reiko Sudo (Japan)
Hiromi Tango (Japan/AUS)
Kawita Vantanajyankur (Thailand/AUS) 

FRIENDS OF THE ATW FORUM: Body + Cloth
06.04.17

KATE JUST, SLOW ART COLLECTIVE + SARAH crowEST with moderator DR REBECCA COATES

Thursday 6 April 2017, 7pm

In association with the ASIA TOPA festival and the Body and Cloth: Performing Textiles exhibition, join artists Kate Just, Chaco Kato from Slow Art Collective and Sarah CrowEST for a panel discussion.

Artists will discuss work in the exhibition and through discussion and audience questions unravel ideas around textiles and their use in contemporary art, as well as in conjunction with the body and performance. 

EXHIBITION: 2016 Tapestry Design Prize in Brisbane
14.03.17 - 01.04.17

Artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
14 March to 1 April 2017. Offical opening on 31 March.  

The 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) invited designs for a hypothetical tapestry to hang in the National Gallery of Australia. There is a long-standing historical connection between architectural space and tapestries. The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is a platform to strengthen this connection between architects and the tapestry weaving practice. On display at Artisan are the designs by the 13 finalists from 2016, including the winning design by Justin Hill from Singapore. Also on display will be the monumental tapestry woven from the design of the 2015 TDPA joint winner John Wardle Architects and commissioned by Judith Nielsen AM for her new Phoenix Gallery in Sydney.

EMERALD HILL CULTURAL PRECINCT: Sound & Colour Series #3
16.03.17

Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound & Colour Series #3. Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries.

 

Collaborative piece by:  

Erkki Veltheim (MAV)

Mindy Meng Wang (MAV)

Alexander MacDonald (NZ) Viola, ANAM

Zela Papageorgiou (VIC) Percussion, ANAM

Eliza Shephard (NSW) Flute, ANAM 

 

Solo piece by: 

Rosie Westbrook (Music commissioned by ATW) 

 

WHEN: Thursday 16 March 2017 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm)

COST: Free

WHERE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 -266 Park St South Melbourne, VIC 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Freya Black, Elena Redaelli & Gina Ropiha
28.02.17

Join Artists in Residence Freya Black, Elena Redaelli  & Gina Ropiha to hear about their artistic practices, as well their experiences as Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017, 7pm (please join us for refreshments from 6:30pm)
Cost: Free
Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne

You can watch recordings of these talks here on our YouTube channel.

40 YEARS OF CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRY EXHIBITION
26.10.16 - 10.02.17

As part of the ATW's fortieth anniversary celebrations, we are featuring 40 years of contemporary Australian tapestry creation  through a vibrant exhibition of samples from some of our most interesting projects. These wonderful experimental samples represent the journey of the ATW, from 1976 to the present day.

 40 Years of Contemporary Tapestry traces the history of the ATW, from the first tapestry to be warped up in 1976, to our most recently completed project. Our skilled weavers work with artists, designers and architects from Australia and overseas to produce tapestries that are known for their vibrancy, technical accomplishment and inventive interpretation. The weaving of samples is one of the first steps of each tapestry project. The process gives the weavers and collaborating artist an opportunity to explore vision, size, colour, texture and techniques, and this ultimately sets the creative direction for each tapestry. 

These samples are archived by the ATW as a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration. They are an important record of how creative options for interpretation of the design for each tapestry are explored. They also provide an excellent educational resource for weavers and lovers of textiles. This exhibition surveys the accomplishments of the ATW from humble beginnings to a world-renowned institution, through investigating the possibilities of tapestry weaving. 



2016

LADY & THE UNICORN LECTURE: Dr Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye
24.11.16

As part of the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s fortieth anniversary celebrations, the world-renowned art historian and director of the National Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris (Musée national du Moyen Âge, formerly Musée de Cluny), Dr Élisabeth Taburet-Delahaye presented a public lecture in November about the recent restoration of the magnificent The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries.

The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries are a series of six wool and silk tapestries created in the 16th century and are considered to be the most important tapestry series woven in Middle Ages Europe.   

Featured as part of the National Museum of the Middle Ages collection since 1882, The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries recently underwent an important major restoration and conservation program in 2012 and were installed in a custom designed space opened in the museum in December 2013.   

In this lecture, Dr Élisabeth Taburet-Delahaye discussed the significance tapestries and outline the restoration process by expert textile conservators to restore the tapestries to their former glory. 

Date Thursday, 24 November 2016 
Time 6.30pm (refreshments on arrival)
Location Australian Tapestry Workshop 
Address 262–266 Park Street, South Melbourne
Tickets $20 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, Martha Poggioli & Anna Dunnill
17.11.2016

Join Artists in Residence Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, Martha Poggioli & Anna Dunnill to hear about their artistic practices, as well their experiences as Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016, 7pm (please join us for refreshments from 6:30pm)
Cost: Free
Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne

TAPESTRY DESIGN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTS 2016: EXHIBITION
30.08.16 - 21.10.16

Exhibition: Tuesday 30 August – Friday 21 October 2016. Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm

To view images of the winning designs and full list of finalists please visit the 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects website. 

TAPESTRY WALKING TOUR: 12th October 2016
12.10.2016

Join Australian Tapestry Workshop guides Kay Bailey and Jan Wallage and explore the magnificent tapestries on display throughout some of Melbourne’s greatest arts and cultural institutions. Discover more about the tapestry works on display and the history of the ATW. Wednesday 12 October 2016, Registration 10am Inside the National Gallery of Victoria at the Waterwall
 
Location
National Gallery of Victoria International
180 ST KILDA ROAD
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

EMERALD HILL CULTURAL PRECINCT: Sound and Colour Series

13.10.2016

Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound and Colour Series. Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries. On this occasion musicians from these two organisations will be performing a collaborative work, curated by composer Anita Hustas.

Date: 13 October 2016 

Time: 7pm (please join us for refreshments from 6:30pm)
Cost: Free
Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne

PERFORMERS:

Amadou Suso  - Kora
Robert Nicholls - Double Base 
Caleb Wong - Cello 
Alex MacDonald - Viola 
Anita Hustas - Curator

Sound and Colour Series
 is presented by the Emerald Hill Cultural Precinct and supported by the City of Port Phillip.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Debris Facility, Cat Poljski, Louise Meuwissen
29.09.16

Debris Facility

Cat Poljski

Louise Meuwissen

Artists in Residence Debris Facility, Cat Poljski, Louise Meuwissen disucssed their practices, as well their experience as Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: Jason Smith

HOMESPUN MATERIAL MEMORIES: Textiles, recall and transformation in some recent contemporary art 

Over the past twenty years Jason Smith has worked closely with a number of Australian and international contemporary artists for whom textiles are a primary medium. In this illustrated lecture he reflected on artists as diverse Louise Bourgeois, Paul Yore, Louise Saxton, David McDiarmid, Fiona Hall and Dana Harris, and discussed the highly personal and idiosyncratic ways in which they liberate and honour the memories and histories woven through textiles, or their renewal of textiles as a contemporary medium.

Jason Smith is the Director of Geelong Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and most important regional galleries. He was previously Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art. Between 2008 and 2014 Jason was Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions, where he led the acclaimed reinvigoration of the Museum’s artistic program. Previously he was Director of Monash Gallery of Art, which holds an outstanding collection of Australian photography. Between 1997 and 2007 Jason was Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, where he worked closely with many leading Australian and international artists. He has curated over 40 solo, group and thematic exhibitions including major retrospectives of the works of Howard Arkley, Peter Booth, Louise Bourgeois, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Stephen Benwell and Kathy Temin. He has written on the works of more than 150 artists for a range of publications.

 

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 2016
31.07.16

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July, 10am to 4pm both days. 

The ATW participated in Open House Melbourne again this year, a great opportunity to visit the ATW on a weekend.

We had free tours, kids weaving and workshops with artists Cat Rabbit & HANDMADELIFE (Ramona Barry & Beck Jobson).

Tour times:

10:30am, 11:30am, 2pm both days
Cost: Free, places limited to 20

Cat Rabbit Embroidery Workshop: 1pm tp 3pm, Saturday 30 July 

Cost: Free

In this drop-in workshop, participants were able to join in a little stitching circle and create their own sampler of interesting stitches, or stay for the long haul and start their own illustrated embroidery piece!

Materials and instructions provided, maximum 15 participants at time. Saturday the 30th of July 1pm-3pm. 

HANDMADELIFE Himelli Workshop: 1pm tp 3pm, Sunday 31 July 

Cost: Free 

In this workshop, Melbourne-based makers and authors of The Craft Companion, Ramona Barry and Beck Jobson taught participants how to make Himelli mobiles! Using traditional Scandinavian Himelli techniques and using paper and plastic straws, patricipants learnt how to fashion colourful, geometric forms in 3D, which could be further embellished to create beautiful mobile artworks.

Materials and instructions provided, maximum 15 participants at time. Sunday the 31st of July 1pm-3pm. 

Kids Weaving & Community Loom - 10am to 4pm both days.

Cost: Free  

ATW visitors were able to try their hands at tapestry weaving on our Community Loom and kids were able to learn the art of hand weaving on their own mini loom and make a colourful tapestry to take home!

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: John Brooks, Kirsty Macafee & Sera Waters
26.07.16

John Brooks

Kirsty Macafee 

Sera Waters 

Artists in Residence John Brooks, Kirsty Macafee and Sera Waters discussed their practices, as well their experience as Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Refreshments from 5:30pm, the talks began at 6pm. 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: John Wardle
21.07.16

ATW attendees were invited to join renowned architect John Wardle, joint winner of the 2015 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects, for a talk on the relationship between textiles, artisanal practices and architecture from around the world.  

John Wardle presented a range of interests, both personal and those shared with others in the practice, that have influenced the work of JWA. His talk took us around the world on various trips; to view buildings and places of interest, into the workshops of many artisans and the studios of artists, as well as the studio of the practice itself. John also elaborated on the particular processes employed on their wide range of new projects.

6pm start, Thursday 21st July 2016

John Wardle established his architectural practice in Melbourne in 1986. His practice includes working on small domestic dwellings to university buildings, museums and large commercial offices. The architecture of John Wardle Architects (JWA) is closely tailored to its place and highly experiential in nature.

In 2001 he completed a Master of Architecture at RMIT University, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.

Wardle has formed strong links with both artists and public art galleries and, as a practicing architect and board member of both the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, has contributed to important public art programs.

2016 WEAVING WORLDS Exhibition and Workshop
17.06.16

The Weaving Worlds project involved a free day of weaving workshops, demonstrations and talks by Master Tapestry Weavers and Pacific Women Weavers at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

Contributing weavers artists include Cresside Collette, Lisa Hilli, Rachel Hine, Kirsten Lyttle, Gina Ropiha and Joy Smith.

An exhibition of works by these artists will run at the Australian Tapestry Workshop from 3 May to 17 June 2016.

Watch documentation of the workshop day and exhbitione here on our YouTube channel.

This project is supported by the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund.

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at Mona
24.05.16

Making and re-making Mona: the evolving Museum of Old and New Art

6pm, Tuesday 24 May 2016

Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, is the largest private museum in Australia, with
a collection ranging from antiquities through Australian modernism to contemporary international art. Artists represented who have also worked with the Australian Tapestry Workshop include Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, David Noonan, Brook Andrew, Juan Davila and Nell.


Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at Mona, has taken a lead role in the display, collection development, publications and content management team. From the early days of this extraordinary museum, to current record-breaking crowds, she will present an overview of a ground-breaking and unconventional visual art experience.

 

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS: Thursday 12 May, 6pm
12.5.16

Penelope Hunt

Andrei Davidoff

HANDMADELIFE (Ramona Barry and Beck Jobson)

 

Join us for talks by current Artists in Residence Penelope Hunt, Andrei Davidoff and collaboratve residency HANDMADELIFE (Ramona Barry and Beck Jobson). These artists will discuss their practice as well their experience as Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

 

Please join us for refreshments from 5:30pm, the talks will begin at 6pm. 

Please RSVP to contact@austapestry.com.au


Andrei Davidoff

Andrei Davidoff is a Melbourne based artist whose works deals with architectural spaces and objects that populate them. In the past his work has explored themes of memento mori, the vessel and containment as well as implied historic value. He works primarily with ceramics and pairs this craft based medium with unusual materials such as, lead sheeting wood and glass.


HANDMADELIFE

HANDMADELIFE is an ongoing creative collaboration between Ramona Barry and Beck Jobson. They are independent writers, makers and thinkers specialising in craft and design. They are bloggers, curators, broadcasters and the authors of The Craft Companion the new, definitive craft bible published globally by Thames and Hudson AU.

Penelope Hunt

Penelope Hunt has a Masters in Contemporary Art (1st Class Honors) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her imagery investigates and reflects upon the emotional weight that places, objects and personal artefacts can retain. Her work often presents a world of beauty and aestheticized decrepitude as she explores personal experiences that resonate in a wider shared experience.  


 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALK: Jennifer Goodman
26.04.16

Artist in Residence Jennifer Goodman gave a a free talk at the ATW about her practice on Thursday the 21st of April at 1pm. 

Jennifer Goodman is a Melbourne Based artist with a degree in painting from RMIT University. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, her latest solo exhibition titled Apopros was held in Gallerysmith, Melbourne.

Jennifer approach to art is that art is a sensory experience. Her work is an exploration of the senses. Her paintings seek to elicit a response from the viewer on many levels – to engage with both their emotional and visual intelligence; to be immersed in the beauty of the color, form and surface of the painting.

During her artist in residency program at the ATW, she plans on furthering this line of investigation through the medium of tapestry. She is intrigued by possible outcomes of interpreting the subtlety of color and illusions of transparency found in her own oil paintings into the much more textured medium on tapestry.

See more of Jennifer's work here.

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: THE MAKING OF THE GORDIAN KNOT
17.03.16

ATW senior weavers Sue Batten and Chris Cochius gave a fascinating talk on the making of the magnificent tapestry Gordian Knot designed by British artist, and Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson. 


They spoke of the artistic journey of creating this intriguing circular tapestry; including how the artist and weaver team collaborated to conceptualise the design, create the palette of colour, the use of specialist weaving techniques, and finally the completion of this challenging project. 



ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - CLAIRE MCARDLE
01.03.16

Claire Mcardle will gave a free talk about her practice and her residency here at the ATW. 

Claire's practice explores jewellery, objects and the different ways people can experience them by creating contexts for conceptual works to influence their perception. Her work is realised through a broad range of materials including metal, textiles, stone and wood. You can see more of Claire's work here, on her website. 

You can view a recording of this talk here on our YouTube channel.

 

 

ATW AIR 2015
23.2.16

An exhibition of Artists in Residence from the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2015. 

 

Rebekah Archer

Yufang Chi

Nicholas Chilvers

Phil Ferguson AKA Chiliphilly

Lisa Hilli & Eddy Carroll

Nina Magee

Megan McPherson

Gabrielle Leah New 

Cat Rabbit

 

Exhibition opening night: 23 February 6-8pm. 

Exhibition runs: 23 February - 1 April

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm  

ARTIST TALK: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE - ALICA BRYSON HAYNES & LIZZY SAMPSON
02.02.16

Artist collaboration Aliça Bryson Haynes & Lizzy Sampson gave a free public talk about their practice and residency here at ATW.

Aliça Bryson-Haynes and Lizzy Sampson have worked collaboratively since 2011. For 2 years they co-directed Coalesce ARI and in 2013 established In The Meantime Collective. While both have distinctively different individual practices, their collaborative work has allowed rich and unexpected outcomes. Their previous work spans across a diverse range of mediums which includes papier-mâché, photography, performance, video art and installation.

For their latest collaborative effort as artists’ in residence at the ATW, they will explore and question the concept of being welcome or unwelcome, by creating a series of artworks similar to the form of typical WELCOME mats found at peoples’ front doors, the mats will contain a single word to evoke questions on the theme of welcome/ unwelcome. 

You can check out more of Aliça and Lizzy's work on their websites, or the website for their collaborative work In the Meantime

You can listen to a recording of this talk here on our Youtube channel


2015

2015 EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

2015 EMERALD HILL FESTIVAL

15.11.15

Emerald Hill came alive with culture and vibrancy on Sunday the 15th of November for the fourth annual Emerald Hill Festival.

This free, family event (centred around Bank Street and Perrins Street which will be closed for the day), was a collaboration by The Australian National Academy of Music, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Arts Access Victoria, and the Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre with support from the City of Port Phillip.

With over 70 events featuring live performance, music, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, heritage tours, family activities and food from around the world, there was something for everyone. Please visit our facebook album to view photographs of these events. 

For more information please visit Emerald Hill Festival's facebook page

 


 

2015 HANCOCK FELLOW: REIKO SUDO

6.10.15-6.11.15

LECTURE, WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION

Reiko Sudo is the Artistic Director of renowned Japanese textile producer, NUNO Corporation. She has pioneered 'techno-textiles' - a rich intersection between traditional artisan techniques and industrial design processes.

Since 1984, NUNO has collaborated with over 50 weaving and dyeing centres throughout Japan to create unique textiles. Throughout this period, NUNO's textiles have garnered acclaim worldwide and been selected for inclusion in many museum collections.

Reiko delivered a lecture exploring how NUNO’s approach to textiles has changed over the decades and promises to continue changing toward the future. The gallery displayed NUNO designers’ sketches and test samples, highlighting their interaction with local Japanese artisans and demonstrating the processes and work that goes into creating every textile. You can view a recording of this lecture here

In the gallery, the centrepiece of the exhibition was a walk-in space - encircled by two large tapestries created from 360 swatches selected from among NUNO's 2500 designs so far, a perfect “sampler” of the many materials, techniques and styles of NUNO textiles. Special limited edition items were also on sale throughout the exhibition. Two workshops were also held over the duration of the exhibition; Make a patchwork scarf with Nuno textiles and Itajime Shibori Dyeing Worksop. Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist dyeing technique using pleating, folding, clamping to create shapes. The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover.

 


 

PARALLELS - JOURNEYS INTO CONTEMPORARY MAKING

17.09.15 - 18.09.15

INTERNATIONAL CRAFT AND DESIGN CONFERENCE AND TALKS

Parallels - Journeys into Contemporary Making was a rare opportunity to hear over 25 leading international and local makers, designers and curators share their view on the changing worlds of craft and design.

Looking both globally and locally, this 2-day conference provides a range of informative, inspirational, and provocative talks revealing the shifting priorities and emerging opportunities for Australian craft and design.

This international craft and design conference was presented by the National Craft Initiative and the National Gallery of Victoria. 

 


 

EXHIBITION: TAPESTRY DESIGN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTS

05.08.15 - 21-08.15

The 2015 Australian Tapestry Workshop Design Prize for Architects invited architects to create a tapestry design envisaged for the Denton Corker Marshall designed Australian Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice.

As proud sponsors of the 2015 event, Stylecraft hosted the exhibition in the Sydney showroom - 223-224 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst. 

 


 

EXHIBITION: FROM THE LOOM - WORKS FROM THE ATW COLLECTION

09.06.15-30.07.15

Eight beautiful tapestries from the ATW collection were exhibited at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. These eight were exhibited alongside our large tapestries in the Sofitel collection designed by Marie Cook. 

Sofi's Lounge, Softiel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St. Melbourne. 

 


 

2015 OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE

25.07.15 - 26.07.15

The ATW opened its doors again for Open House Melbourne in 2015, we ran free kids weaving, guided tours & weaver talks all weekend. This is always a great oppourtunity to visit the ATW if you cant make it duing normal opening hours. 

 


2015 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - MEGAN MCPHERSON

26.11.15

Megan McPherson gave a free talk about her practice and her residency here at ATW.

Megan McPherson is a practicing artist and printmaker who works with paper investigating notions of identity, affect and agency in space and place. Her work is informed by feminist critical theory and pedagogic approaches to think about the ways we show materially affective ways of being, doing and making.

She has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally since 1989. Megan is also an educator and writer and is currently completing her PhD in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, writing a thesis on the role of the crit in the art school.

To find out more about Megan you can visit her website here, or find her on Twitter and Instagram - @MeganJMcPherson.

You can also view a recording of her talk here, on our YouTube channel

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - NINA MAGEE

22.10.15

Artist Nina Magee gave a free talk about her practice and and her residency here at ATW.

Nina Magee is a Tasmanian-born artist, living in Melbourne. Nina finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours, majoring in printmaking, at RMIT University in 2013. Following completion of her degree, Nina was awarded the Collie Print Trust Scholarship for Emerging Victorian Printmakers by the Australian Print Workshop. 

Grounded in the practice of printmaking, Nina's work examines how visual natural history records and specimens are composed and displayed, with an emphasis on the native flora and fauna of Australia. Her work combines printed elements on paper and textile, often with a three-dimensional outcome. The resultant works question the relationship humans have with the non-human world. You can check out more of Nina’s work here, on her website. 

You can also see a recording of Nina’s talk here, on our YouTube channel

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE - LISA HILLI & EDDY CARROLL

17.09.15

Artists in Residence Lisa Hilli & Eddy Carrol gave a talk about their individual practices and well as their collaboration at ATW in September 2015. 

Lisa Hilli is a current Masters of Fine Art by research candidate at RMIT University, with the enquiry of re-contextualising a historical body adornment from the Pacific region through various materials and craft techniques. You can check out more of Lisa's work here, on her website. 

Eddy Carroll makes soft sculptures. Her predominantly textile based art practice is one of meditation/contemplation through action of the hand sewn. She creates structure, form and solidity using and subverting textile techniques and ‘crafts’ of traditional feminine actions. You can check out more of Eddy's work here, on her website. 

A recording of the talk can be found here, on our YouTube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - CAT RABBIT

28.06.15

Cat Rabbit gave a free talk about her practice and her residency here at ATW in July 2015. 

Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist who creates anthropomorphised plush animals while imagining the worlds they might live in. Cat's practice is centred around the idea of making extraordinary objects out of humble materials. Working with soft sculpture and embroidery techniques, Cat creates one of a kind pieces for exhibitions, her online store and selected markets and retailers. Cat also works with collaborator Isobel Knowles under the name Soft Stories; creating children's books, exhibitions and holding craft workshops.

Check out more of her work here, on her website and here, on her flickr page. 

You can also view a recording of her artist talk here, on our YouTube channel. 

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - YU FANG CHI

02.06.15

Yu Fang Chi gave a talk about her practice and her residency here at ATW in July 2015. 

Yu Fang Chi completed her Bachelor and Master degree in Taiwan. She is a current PhD candidate within the School of Art at RMIT. Her research project investigates the concept of femininity in jewellery and objects and its cultural connotations. Based on the theories of gender study, Yu-Fang introspects the processes of creation and the position of female body. Her practice involves repetitive fibre-related techniques using synthetic fibre which can be connected to traditional domestic art processes. You can check out more of her work here, on her website. 

A recording of the talk can be found here, on our YouTube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - PHIL FERGUSON

07.04.15

Phil gave public talk about his practice and his residency at the ATW in April.

Originally from Perth where he studied Fine Arts at Curtin University, Phil Ferguson’s recent move to Melbourne has lead him to create crocheted, food themed hats, primarily inspired by Melbourne's food culture. 

Ferguson uploaded his creations onto the social media application Instagram in hope of forming connections within the new community he has entered. Since August 2014, his Instagram account @chiliphilly has taken off, having reached 10,000 followers and gaining features in publications such as Frankie Magazine, and articles on news sites such as Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and The Independent UK.

You can view a recording of Phil's talk here, on our YouTube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - GABRIELLE NEW

05.03.15

Gabrielle gave a public talk about her practice and her residency at the ATW in March2015. 

Gabrielle New is a director, performer, choreographer, butoh dancer, movement, live and contemporary artist with a profound interest in healing, transformation and the intra-psychic landscapes of the human mind. In 2009 she established The Space Between Performance Collective to showcase new, innovative, Australian dance theatre. She regularly performs and teaches in Australia and internationally most recently in New Zealand, Poland and Canada. In 2014 she completed a Master of fine Arts at RMIT Melbourne where she extended her practise to video performance and installation. Check out more of Gabrielle's work here, on her website. 

You can also view a recording of Gabrielle's talk here, on our YouTube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - REBEKAH ARCHER

12.02.15

Rebekah gave a public talk about her practice and her residency at the ATW. 

Rebekah Archer has recently completed a BA in Textile Design at RMIT, majoring in weave. Her work focuses on sustainable fashion, with a core philosophy based around the principles of slow design. She considers adaptability, durability and purpose as an imperative part of the creation process. Rebekah is primarily interested in the act of making; her work is on ongoing study of what it means to holistically and transparently construct textiles by hand.

Rebekah currently runs a sustainable jewellery label ‘Lorica’, where she creates contemporary, one off pieces using discarded materials such as bone, recycled yarns and metals - check out more of her design's here. She has exhibited textile and jewellery work locally and nationally.  

You can also view a recording of Rebekah's talk here, on our YouTube channel.

2015 ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: TEA AND TEXTILES - CRESSIDE COLLETTE ON SRI LANKAN TEXTILES

27.10.2015

Cresside Collette shared her knowledge of the country of her birth and her recent explorations of its textile history. Sri Lanka is home to a diverse range of textile crafts including embroidery, lacemaking, batik and hand loom weaving. These customs have evolved from Sri Lanka’s ancient past and more recently European colonisation into vibrant contemporary practice.

Through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the Friends of the ATW was established in 1996 to promote and support the Australian Tapestry Workshop.  The Friends of the ATW run 5 - 6 lectures each year with special guest speakers from Australia and abroad.   Funds raised from ticket sales support the Friends Committee to help promote the ATW and the art of contemporary tapestry as well as community engagement programs and events. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: ANGUS TRUMBLE

17.07.15

The Soul of the Nation?

The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is the youngest of our national cultural institutions, the new gallery building being the most significant construction in the Parliamentary Triangle for the last 20 years. What does a National Portrait Gallery do that other art museums don’t do, and what distinguishes ours from its much older, sibling institutions abroad?

Angus Trumble has been director of the National Portrait Gallery since February 2014. He was previously senior curator of paintings and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: IMANTS TILLERS IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS COCHIUS - ATW WEAVER

03.03.15

 The Australian Tapestry Workshop created a tapestry designed by Imants Tillers for the Australian War Memorial. The tapestry, titled Avenue of Remembrance, was unveiled at the AWM during the centenary commemorations of World War 1. Imants Tillers gave a talk about his artistic practice and how it has informed the design for this project. Chris Cochius, senior ATW weaver will also discussed how this design is being interpreted into tapestry. The tapestry was commissioned by the AWM and made possible through a generous donation from the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation.

A recording of the talk can be found here, on our YouTube channel. 

 

2014

2014 EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

2014 EMERALD HILL FESTIVAL

9.11.14

Arts organisations over the Emerald Hill Precinct, (centred around Bank and Perrins Street) pulled together together to create a FREE cultural community event that highlights the unique art and culture in the area.

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW), Arts Access Victoria (AAV), Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre and the South Melbourne Police created a day with over 70 events featuring live music, exhibitions, tours, family activities and food from around the world.

To view the photographs from this even please visit our Facebook album

For more information on the Emerald Hill Festival please visit their Facebook page

 


 

2014 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL: HAYDN UNPICKED 

25.10.14

Acclaimed violinist Sarah Curro leads a quartet of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra players to take you behind the stage curtain, offering a rare glimpse into the rehearsal process – a fly-on-the-wall view of the artistry behind turning a never-before-seen piece of sheet music into a full recital.

One of the breakout successes of last year’s Melbourne Fesitval program, Haydn Unpicked is part public rehearsal and part armchair masterclass – a fascinating opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring craft of professional musicianship up close and personal.

 


 

2014 HANDCOCK FELLOW: BEVERLY GORDON 

21.10.14

THE FIBRE OF OUR LIVES: WHY TEXTILES MATTER - VIDEO PRESENTATION BY BEVERLY GORDON. INTRODUCED BY PROFESSOR KAY LAWRENCE AM

2014 Hancock Fellow Beverly Gordon provided a fresh look at the importance of the materials that are often overlooked in our everyday lives.

Textiles have been used throughout history to communicate status, culture and identity. Using historical and contemporary examples Beverly Gordon (USA) explored the powerful significance that textiles have in our lives through examining the relationship between culture and cloth. 

Gordon is an internationally renowned author and leading academic on the importance and history of textiles, having also been a Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 30 years. 

Her research has combined the arenas of textiles, dress history and material culture and is also concerned with the meaning of objects in people’s lives. Gordon is the 2014 Hancock Fellow, supported by a fellowship established in 1998 by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, enabling leading artists and experts to come to Australia to share their expertise on textiles.

Due to illness Beverley Gordon was unable to travel to Australia. In her place Prof Kay Lawrence AM introduced the lecture, which was followed by a video presentation of the lecture created by Beverly Gordon, concluding with a Q&A.  

Prof Kay Lawrence AM is one of Australia’s most distinguished textile practitioners. She has an international profile as a tapestry weaver and has completed a number of major commissions for public spaces in Australia and overseas. Her work is held in many public collections and she has made a substantial contribution to the development of craft theory in Australia through her teaching, writing and practice. In 2002 Telos Press (UK) published a monograph on her work.  Her writing on contemporary textile practice has been published in catalogues, scholarly journals and edited books. Kay is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. She is also on the Board of the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

For more information on Beverly Gordon please see her website

 


 

EXHIBITION: CURRENT EXCHANGES - DOVECOT AND THE AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP

05.06.14 - 27.09.14

An exhibition of tapestries from Dovecot and the ATW ran from 5 July 2014 - to 27 September 2014 at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. 

Celebrating the continuing connections between the Australian Tapestry Workshop (Melbourne) and Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh) this exhibition brings together recent work from both institutions. Although geographically separate, both share a similar philosophy of working closely with contemporary artists to produce tapestries at the cutting edge of artistic practice.

The links between the studios date back to the founding of the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 1976. Dovecot’s Master Weaver, Archie Brennan, advised on the structure and feasibility of the new antipodean enterprise. Since then the exchanges of weavers and ideas have continued. This year marks the beginning of another cycle of such interchanges between Melbourne and Edinburgh, through an exchange between weavers from the two studios funded by Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme.

 


 

2014 CRAFT CUBED

07.08.14-08.08.14

In 2014 the ATW participated in Craft Cubed, Craft’s 'table top' program at The Atrium in Federation Square.

Craft curated a six-day program of ‘table top’ activations at Federation Square between the 3rd and the 8th of August and invited members of the craft community to join in celebrating the art of the handmade.

The ATW held a Community Loom Project in the Federation Square Atrium and invited the public to come and try their hand at weaving. 

 


 

CUTTING OFF CEREMONY: EVERYTHING HAS TWO WITNESSES, ONE ON EARTH AND ONE IN THE SKY. DESIGNED BY SANGEETA SANDRASEGAR

15.07.2014

ATW Chairman, Peter Williams and Director, Antonia Syme, invited guests to witness the cutting off a tapestry designed by Sangeeta Sandrasegar and woven by Sue Batten. The ATW welcomed special guest Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director of Curatorial and Collection Management at the National Gallery of Victoria to do the honours. 

The tapestry Everything Has Two Witnesses, One on Earth and One in the Sky has been generously funded by the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s Give an Inch funds. This tapestry traveled to Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland for the exhibition Current Exchanges which rad from July – September 2014, celebrating the Dovecot / Australian Tapestry Workshop exchange.

 


 

2014 OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE

26.6.14-27.6.14

In 2014 the ATW opened its doors again for Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city's most significant buildings. Most buildings are open access across the event weekend, which means all you need to do is turn up! 

The ATW hosted tours of the Workshop, held weaving demomstrations, free kids weaving workshop and weaver talks.  

 


 

EXHIBITION: FLEECE TO FIBRE - THE MAKING OF THE LARGE TREE GROUP TAPESTRY

01.04.14-06.06.14

A DOVECOT STUDIOS TOURING EXHIBITION CURATED BY BEN DIVALL

Victoria Crowe’s celebrated painting, Large Tree Group (1975), was chosen by Dovecot Studios, Scotland in 2012 to be transposed into a large tapestry as part of its centenary celebrations. Finally complete after hundreds of hours of careful work by Dovecot's master weavers using only un-dyed wool, the tapestry is presented at the heart of this exhibition.

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry explores the process behind the project, tracing the journey from sheep through to yarn and into the completed tapestry. Some 70 producers across Great Britain, from small-scale crofters to large estates, provided wool from a wide range of sheep breeds and the yarn has been spun by a range of specialists – again from individual spinners and small groups to commercial operations on a semi-industrial scale. The un-dyed wool produced by this remarkable range of breeds has created the entire natural colour palette which has been used in the creation of this unique collaborative tapestry.

Accompanying this story are a series of commissioned photographic portraits which celebrate the diversity of those people who have contributed behind the scenes to this complex project. Fleece to Fibre celebrates the diversity, skill and ingenuity of artists, designers and makers who choose to work with yarn and textiles.

Dovecot Studios is a one hundred year old tapestry studio, now homed in a beautifully renovated Victorian swimming pool in the heart of Edinburgh. Founded in 1912 by the Marquess of Bute, the studio evolved from the renowned William Morris Craft Studio at Merton Abbey in Wimbledon. Dovecot is unique for its highly creative collaboration between artist, weaver and commissioner.

 


 

EXHIBITION: FERTILE GROUND

12.03.14

An exhibition of work by artists in residence at the ATW from 2012 and 2013.

Featuring work by Julie Bradley, Nicole Breedon, Fleur Brett, Christina Cie (NZ), Lily Fish, Lucas Grogan, Jodie Heffernan, Kyoko Imazu, Kate Just, Sue Pedley, Kristin Sæterdal (NOR), Ema Shin, Helen Smith & Lauren Cruickshank and Paul Yore. 

This exhibition was supported by The Tapestry Foundation of AustraliaArts VictoriaShadowfax Wines,Shelmerdine

Image: Map - Paul Yore. 2012. 

 

2014 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALKS

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - EMILY FERRETTI

13.11.14

Emily gave a free public talk about her practice and her residency at ATW in November 2014. 

Ferretti's painting practice draws from both autobiographical and imaginary sources and focuses on themes from the everyday world, predominantly ideas surrounding Home, Sport and Nature. These concepts are translated through still life, and constructed scene paintings. 

Check out more of Emily's work here, on here website. You can also view a recording of this talk here, on our Youtube channel. 

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - GILLIAN LAVERY

30.10.14

Gillian gave a free public talk about her practice and her residency at ATW in October 2014.

Gillian Lavery’s art practice is a process-based drawing practice informed by her background in textile art.  She uses repetitive drawing processes through a variety of materials including thread, ink and lead on papers and cloths to record the exploration of particular questions.  She is interested in the translation of repetitive processes between textile and drawing mediums.

Lavery’s work prompts questions such as “What happens when you approach drawing as if you were stitching, stitching as if you were drawing?”  Repetition and iteration are indicative of a learning process and create a space for her to ponder the questions posed by the particular project.  Gillian Lavery’s practice explores repetition and line or mark-making in conjunction with language, the use of mark-making as both sign and index.

Check out more of her design's here. She has exhibited textile and jewelry work locally and nationally.  

You can also view a recording of Rebekah's talk here, on our Youtube channel. 

 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - DELL STEWART

 

16.09.14

Dell gave a free public talk about her practice and plans for her residency at ATW. 

Dell Stewart's work combines various processes often regarded as belonging to the world of craft (ceramics, textiles, animation) with a deeply embedded personal history. These practices and references often assemble in immersive environments, blurring the boundary between the artwork, the space it occupies, and the audience within it. Her work utilises a broad range of mediums and ideas with a particular interest in fostering new material connections and collaboration.

Check out more of her work here, on her website. You can also view a recording of Dell's talk here, on our Youtube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - TROY EMERY

21.08.14

Troy gave a free talk to about his practice and his plans for the residency at the ATW.

Troy Emery is an artist based in Melbourne who has a sculptural practice. He grew up in Toowoomba Queensland but relocated to Tasmania to attend art school. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Hobart School of Art in 2005. Troy then went on to complete Masters of Fine Art at the University of Sydney in 2010.

Troy creates suites of artworks in which dislocated animal forms are brought together as a collection through uniform approaches in their construction and materials, becoming pastiches of each other. Troy’s work forms around the history of our relationship with animals and how it is underpinned by our ability to give meaning to them through allegory and metaphors.

Check out more of Troy’s work here, on his website.

You can also view a recording of his talk here, on our Youtube channel. 

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - NATASHA DUSENIKO

24.06.14

Natasha Dusenjko gave a talk about her practice at the ATW. 

Natasha Dusenjko is currently based in Melbourne. In 2010, she was the recipient of an Australia Council grant and her work was part of Love of Diagrams at Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, curated by Leigh Robb. Solo exhibitions include Babel at Craft Victoria (2009), and New Forms at Counihan Gallery (2014).

Dusenjko has a strong interest in using diagrams to represent systems of language and geography. These systems however, map coordinates known only to the artist. They collapse an ordered, archaeological method of classification with seemingly random and invented linguistic notations and calligraphy. Most recent projects engage photography and extend on concepts developed in her drawing and sculpture practice, mimicking hieroglyphic and architectural form.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - VICKI MASON

05.06.14

Vicki Mason gave a free talk about her residency here at the ATW.

Vicki Mason was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1999. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University (Classical Studies), and a Diploma in Craft Design from Otago Polytechnic School of Art (Jewellery), both in Dunedin, New Zealand. After studying, she worked for two years at Fluxus workshop and gallery with renowned New Zealand jewellers Kobi Bosshard and Georg Beer.

Mason teaches in the adult education sector and in 2012 completed a Master of Philosophy degree in the Gold and Silversmithing at ANU in Canberra. She runs a production practice and makes work for exhibition. Mason has been awarded various grants and her work is held in both public and private collections. Her most recent work was shown in the summer exhibition Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Check out more of Vicki’s work here, on her website.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - STORM GOLD

20.05.14

Storm Gold’s work explores the contrast between experience and memory. Using a range of personal and ethnographic iconography Storm is interested in the potentials of abstraction through distortion and invention. He has a love for materiality and considers all of his work to be about painting as an expansion of the associated parameters.

Born in South Africa and Melbourne based, Storm holds a Master of Fine Art from Monash University and has exhibited locally and internationally. He was a recipient of a New Work grant (emerging) in 2007 and a Skills and Arts development grant in 2012 from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Check out more of Storm's work here, on his website. 

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - CAROLINE PHILLIPS

08.05.14

Caroline Phillips gave a free talk about her residency here at the ATW.

Caroline Phillips is a Melbourne based artist, writer and curator whose work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally.

Working primarily in sculpture, Phillips employs recycled and industrial materials to create handmade objects and installations. Though based on non-objective principles, Phillips’ transforms her chosen materials, exploring the materiality of the body and psychological metaphor to materialise subjectivity.

Check out more of her work here, on her website.

You can also view a recording of Caroline’s talk here, on our Youtube channel. 

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - MICHELLE HAMER

15.04.14

Artist in Residence Michelle Hamer gave a artist talk at the ATW in April 2014. 

Michelle Hamer uses hand-stitched pixilation to map the small in-between moments of apparent ‘nothingness’ that characterise everyday life. Her work focuses on text and signage within urban landscapes. It highlights contemporary social beliefs, ideals and ironies as witnessed in both impermanent and interstitial spaces. Hamer’s work is based on both ‘found’ text and her own photographs -translated predominantly by eye into her stitched works. 

Represented by Fehily Contemporary, Michelle Hamer also contributed work to Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria; has received Australia Council, Arts Victoria and City of Melbourne grants; had eleven solo exhibitions; partaken in numerous group shows and has work held in public and private collections nationally and internationally including at the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank.

You can view a recording of Michelle's artist talk here, on our Youtube channel.

 


 

ARTIST TALK: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - LYNDALL WATSON

27.2.14

Lyndall Waston gave a talk about here residency here at the ATW. 

Lyndall considers herself a grommet of the textile world or “weavling”, only just scratching the surface of woven knowledge. Despite this, Lyndall holds a core philosophy of complexity as a result of the mastery of simplicity. Her practice involves weave being reduced to a basic one-to-one ratio of yarn over yarn - the simplest constructed textile concept. This modest beginning considers the material as an inherent part of process. Lyndall hopes to capture this in her work, giving her thought processes a tangible existence.

For more information on Lyndall, please visit her website

2014 ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: BROOK ANDREW

25.08.14

Catching Breath by Brook Andrew was an addition to our Embassy Tapestry Collection and is currently on display at the Australian High Commission in Singapore. 

Melbourne-based Indigenous artist Brook Andrew gave a talk about his artistic practice and how it has informed the design for this project. Chris Cochius, senior ATW weaver also discussed how this design has been interpreted into tapestry. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: SANGEETA SANDRASEGAR IN CONVERSATION WITH SUE BATTEN - ATW WEAVER

17.06.14

ATW weaver Sue Batten was working on a tapestry designed by Sangeeta Sandrasegar to be exhibited at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland later in 2014.  

Sandrasegar works within a research-based practice, building narratives in which every new work connects to previous projects. Her practice consolidates postcolonial and hybridity theory, exploring her context within Australia and its relationship to migrant communities and homelands. Recent projects have been shaped around concerns with oceanscapes - which are in fact not barriers but freeways of contact. The collaboration with ATW; titled Everything Has Two Witnesses, One on Earth and One in the Sky explores the sustainability of our seas amidst growing levels of man-made pollutants and their wide effects.

In this talk the artist and weaver will discuss the collaborative process behind this project, as well as the concept behind the design and how it has been translated into tapestry. 

A recording of this talk can be found here, on our Youtube channel

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: TOURING TAPESTRY IN THE UK & FRANCE - CRESSIDE COLLETTE

15.05.14

Since 2011 Cresside Collette has taken participants on a yearly European tour entitled Mastering the Fine Art of Tapestry to sample the best the medium of tapestry has to offer both the textile practitioner and the interested art lover. Designed to incorporate the historical context of a rich, tactile art form as well as to explore contemporary woven work, the journey takes you to the established collections of the Victoria and Albert MuseumHampton Court Palace and the Musee du Moyen Age in Paris amongst others, juxtaposed against the private studios of exciting individual tapestry artists in London, Edinburgh, Exeter and Aubusson.

In this illustrated talk Cresside will share the wealth of visual encounters and knowledge that these travels have imparted, interpreted through her own experience of being an established tapestry weaver for nearly forty years.

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: OPEN WEAVE - THE DOVECOT STUDIOS & AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP WEAVER EXCHANGE

19.03.15

2014 marked the beginning of the three year weaver exchange program between the Australian Tapestry Workshop and Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. This year Freya Sewell will visit the ATW and Sue Batten will travel to Dovecot Studios. This creative exchange is designed to raise the profile of contemporary tapestry weaving by fostering talent, building relationships and sharing knowledge.

ATW Director Antonia Syme will present a talk about Dovecot Studios and the history of cultural exchange between Dovecot and the ATW. This talk was a great oppertunity to learn more about the work of Dovecot Studios and meet Dovecot Junior Weaver Freya Sewell. 

2013

2013 EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

2013 EMERALD HILL FESTIVAL

27.10.13

A collaborative event between the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)Arts Access Victoria, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Emerald Hill Library & Heritage CentreMulticultural Arts Victoria and the South Melbourne Police, the Emerald Hill Festival is a smorgasbord of free activities - concerts, children’s activities, tours, master-classes, exhibitions, pop-up food trucks and more. 

A celebration of the vibrant diversity of the Emerald Hill precinct in South Melbourne, the Emerald Hill festival provides an insight into the cultural and civic institutions that make up this creative hub with events that will engage the whole family.

 

Please visit out Facebook album to view photographs from this event. For more information on Emerald Hill Festival please see their Facebook page

 


 

2013 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL: HAYDN UNPICKED

26.10.13

The Australian Tapestry Workshop presented Haydn Unpicked in partnership with the Melbourne Festival. 

In a special treat for lovers of classical music, the acclaimed Australian String Quartet gave viewers a peek behind the curtain, showing the process of taking a piece from the page to the stage.

How does a professional string quartet actually take a piece of sheet music and transform it into virtuosic perfection? This unique ‘discovery’ session saw the world-renowned Australian String Quartet choose a Haydn composition they have never previously played, and take it from first glance to performance before your very eyes.

 


 

2013 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: YARN - A PERFORMANCE BY LILY FISH

25.09.13

Yarn was a unique site specific performance by 2012 ATW Artist in Residence Lily Fish. Yarn was performed at the ATW as a part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. 

A preview of this work can be seen viewed on Youtube. You can also read more about this work here, in The Age (14 September). 

 


 

2013 OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE

27.07.13 - 28.07.13

The ATW is proud to have taken part in Open House Melbourne 2013, a weekend-long celebration featuring open days at 111 buildings across the city. 

Visitors had the opportunity to explore the Workshop, a National Trust and Heritage listed building, including the galleries, studio floor and mezzanine with a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory.

Hourly guided tours focused on the architecture, history and modern use of the building. 

 


 

WORKSHOP: AEV TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM

 

15.08.13

Art Education Victoria (AEV) presented a two day Professional Learning Program at the ATW.

Presenters included ATW Director - Antonia Syme, an ATW Artist/Weaver, ATW Dyer - Tony Stefanovski and AEV Executive Officer – Marian Strong. The first workshop was titled Whose art is it? Collaboration or appropriation? And the second, The art of tapestry: the role of materials and technology.

For more information on Art Education Victoria please visit their website

 


 

SO MO SO MAV!: WEAVING STORIES FOR KIDS

31.05.13

As part of ATW's ongoing collaboration with Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), we hosted a morning of weaving, stories and music for children, as part of MAV’s SoMo… so MAV! two day festival.

For more information on MAV and their associated programs please see their website. This event was created by Multicultural Arts Victoria with the support of the City of Port Phillip.

 

MAV City of Port Phillip

 

 

 


 

INTERTWINED - STORIES ON THE WALL

04.04.13

This collaboration between Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and the ATW brought together two groups of women artists from refugee communities: artists from the Karen people of Burma who work primarily in paper collage and textile artists from Afghanistan. For more information please visit our News page. 

 


 

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: WEAVING STORIES TOGETHER

08.03.13

While the Workshop is focused on the art of contemporary tapestry, weaving itself is an ancient technique and appears as a means of expression across many different cultures.  

In celebration of the role of women as preservers of cultural history through weaving, the ATW hosted a special event Weaving Stories Together, to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Female weavers from four different weaving traditions demonstrated and talked about their work. The artist groups participating in Intertwined, a weaving training program for refugee artists, also took part in the event. The public was invited to participate in this free event, which was organized by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and supported by the City of Port Phillip as part of the Conversations at Emerald Hill series

Additional information can be found here

2013 ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: WOVEN TAPESTRY AND CLOTH - PROF. KAY LAWRENCE AM

28.08.13

Practicing artist and ATW Board member Professor Kay Lawrence AM gave a special talk at the ATW.

This talk will discussed the relationship between woven tapestry and cloth through looking at the work of contemporary artists who investigate the materiality and associations of cloth through their practice in woven tapestry.

Image: Kay Lawrence, Teatowel: Green Stripe, 2009, tapestry

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: PANEL DISCUSSION - THE SLV TAPESTRY

15.07.13

Artist Juan Davila, ATW weaver Pam Joyce and Shane Carmody (formerly of the SLV) speaking about the new tapestry commission for the State Library of Victoria (SLV). This discussion was a wonderful chance to learn about the working process and see a tapestry on the loom. 

Image: artwork by Juan Davila, photograph by John Brash

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: WEAVING STORIES, BRANDING EMPIRES - SUSAN SCOLLAY ON THE TAPESTRIES OF THE PERSIANATE WORLD

15.04.13

Susan is an art historian and curator with extensive international experience. She specialises in Islamic culture and was recently co-curator of the exhibition Love and Devotion at the State Library of Victoria.

Image courtesy of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: THE MAGIC OF THE UNICORN

18.03.13

From ancient Coptic clothing to the Great Hall in Canberra, Robyn Cass gave a talk about how the art of tapestry has enlivened and enriched people's lives throughout history.

Robyn Cass is a long-time voluntary guide at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and National Gallery of Victoria.

2012

2012 EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

PRINT WEAVE MAKE: WEAVE OPEN DAY

17.11.12

PRINT open day was held in November 2012 as part of Print Weave Make Saturdays. This event was presented in conjunction with the Australian Print Workshop and Craft - three open days across the three most prominent cultural organisations in Victoria that are connected directly to individual makers.

For more details and to watch a short video on the event, visit the Print Weave Make website

This event was supported by Arts Victoria's Marketing Innovation Fund. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS TOUR: ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT – CAPTURING FLORA EXHIBITION

22.10.12

The Friends of the ATW arranged a bus tour to the Art Gallery of Ballarat to see the exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian Botanical Art. This exhibition celebrates Australia's diverse flora and the way our plants have been recorded, interpreted and popularised by botanical artists from the early explorers to the present day.

For more information of this exhibition please see the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s website

2012 ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: GRAND HOUSES TO GREAT HALLS – HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRIES IN THE NGV

17.09.12

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Roger Leong, Curator of International Fashion and Textiles and Laura Jocic, Assistant Curator of Australian Fashion and Textiles, will present a talk entitled about the historic and contemporary tapestries in the National Gallery of Victoria

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: MICHAEL BLAKE: MERINO HUSBANDRY

20.08.12

ATW’s specialist wool supplier, Michael Blake spoke about Merino husbandry, positive advancements in the wool textile industry, the fibre’s journey from farm to fabric and use in fashion, industry and art - and how on-farm influences affect all of these aspects. 

Michael Blake is an award-winning woolgrower committed to safe and sustainable agriculture. He has won national awards including Australian Wool Grower of the Year (2010), Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (2010) and Hamilton Wool Monarch (2009) for his significant contribution to the many facets of the wool industry. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: DR JENNY UNDERWOOD ON SUSTAINABILITY IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

23.07.12

Dr Jenny Underwood, Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at RMIT, discussed how sustainability practices are being applied to textile design and the broader textile industry. RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) program is recognised as a leader in this field, being awarded the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Award and a Green Gowns Australasia Award in 2011.   

Dr Underwood is a lecturer at RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles. She was introduced by Guy Abrahams, ATW Board member and Co-founder of CLIMARTE.

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: PROF KAY LAWRENCE AM

18.06.12

Professor Kay Lawrence AM gave a talk about her work that explores ideas of loss and connection through a practice centred on hand-making and grounded in the materiality and meanings of textiles. Her practice ranges across works created with the highly skilled technique of woven tapestry to installation and performance works using humble domestic materials like buttons and string to explore the material and immaterial resonances of our lives.

Prof Kay Lawrence AM is the Head of the South Australian School of Art. Her particular interest and expertise is in the area of textiles practice and theory, especially in relation to tapestry weaving.

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: BRENT HARRIS IN CONVERSATION WITH SUE BATTEN – ATW WEAVER

23.04.12

Brent Harris, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, and senior ATW weaver Sue Batten will discuss their collaborative process in translating one of Harris’s paintings into tapestry. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: CAROL CAINS ON IKAT WEAVING

26.03.12

Carol Cains spoke about Asian resist dyed textiles and the art of ikat weaving, part of Asia’s rich textile heritage.

Carol Cains is curator of South East Asian art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and curated an exhibition on ikat textiles at the NGV in 2006. 

 


 

ATW FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: REBECCA COATES ON DAVID NOONAN'S ART PRACTICE

13.02.12

At the first of the friends lecture for 2012, Rebecca Coates spoke on the art practice of Australian-born, London-based artist David Noonan.

ATW had recently completed a new tapestry designed by Noonan, Untitled (2011), and his 2009 tapestry is displayed in the gallery for a limited time, having returned from touring with the British Art Show Number 7 in the UK.

Rebecca Coates is a member of the ATW Board. She is an independent curator and writer with professional experience as a curator in art museums and galleries in Australia and internationally, and is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Melbourne.

David Noonan’s work is an amalgamation of fiction, myth and fact. His works incorporate figures and imagery from the history of theatre and costume design.  His works have a haunting aura emphasised by the subdued visual effect of his printing technique.