2014 EMERALD HILL FESTIVAL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Australia, Arts Victoria, Shadowfax Wines,Shelmerdine.
Image: Map - Paul Yore. 2012.