TRANSFORMING TAPESTRY

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We are the only studio of our kind in Australia, and one of a handful in the world, dedicated to the creation of hand-woven tapestries. Due to the intricate processes required to create a hand-woven tapestry, it is only with the support of our generous philanthropic community that we can continue to transform this exciting contemporary medium.

Our tapestries are internationally renowned for their artistic vitality, innovative interpretations and technical excellence. Due to the intricate processes required to create a hand-woven tapestry, it is only with the support of our generous philanthropic community that we can continue to break new ground. We strive to engage in new collaborations, inspire creativity and push the boundaries of contemporary tapestry weaving.

The design development phase of weaving experimental tapestry samples is vital to our process. It gives our weavers an opportunity to explore vision, scale, texture and technique as well as work with our in-house specialist dyer to create new colours. We are committed to providing our weavers with opportunities to advance as well as pass their skills onto the next generation of weavers. Weaver exchanges with international tapestry studios are a significant cultural and skill sharing initiative is a highlight of the ATW’s artistic program. 

Securing a bright future holds significant financial challenges for the ATW; each year we need to raise around 85% of our operating income. The steadfast generosity of those who believe in us is crucial to our success and survival.

Every donation counts.

Our Annual Giving program offers you the opportunity to support our work as an international tapestry centre of creativity and excellence through a fully tax-deductible donation. With your help, we can ensure the ATW, is protected, nurtured and continues to flourish. 

Donations to the Australian Tapestry Workshop of $2 and over are tax deductible.

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For donations of $7000 and over please contact Josephine Briginshaw, Development Coordinator on jbriginshaw@austapestry.com.au or 03 9699 7885 to organise a direct bank transfer. 


SUPPORT: ARTISTIC & COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT 

Your support helps us make art accessible to all, funds artistic and community enrichment programs and keeps our unique creative space open for everyone to discover and enjoy.

Our heritage-listed South Melbourne home is a colourful and dynamic public space for all to engage with tapestry, textiles and contemporary art. We are committed to providing support, education, resources and opportunities to weavers, artists, craftspeople, designers, students and the broader community.

Artists in Residence Program

Our annual ‘Artists in Residence’ program invites artists to immerse themselves in our vibrant studio – resulting in transformative creative exchange. Open to artists working in any medium, and at any stage of their career, the residency provides dedicated time and space for creative work. Your donation will increase our capacity to provide for the growing number of proposals received from regional, national and international artists. Outcomes include providing scholarships to assist artists travelling for the residency as well as extending their engagement with local communities through engaging public programs.

Community Enrichment

As an organisation of national significance we are a leading contributor to local creative and cultural life. Each year, the ATW delivers an active public program including talks, events, guided tours, open days, prizes and awards and tapestry classes. Our galleries feature curated exhibitions of tapestries, textiles and contemporary art from around Australia and the world. Your contribution will assist the ATW to curate a new annual exhibition and accompanying public program providing opportunities to artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse, local, national and international, established and emerging. 

Weaving into Wellbeing

Since 2013 ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ has recycled the ATW’s left over tapestry yarn to create colourful and therapeutic hands-on activities for patients. Suitable for all ages, ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ participants can benefit in recovery, improving dexterity and concentration as well as enjoying an outlet for contemplation and creativity. Your support will help us to extend this art as therapy program to more hospitals and care providers.

Donations to the Australian Tapestry Workshop of $2 and over are tax deductible.
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