OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 2017: Visit us this Saturday!

Saturday 29 July 2017 10am – 4pm

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.

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 include:Cat Rabbit, Aliia Bryson Haynes (RARA Studio),Superpleased(Sue Buchanan & Eli Giannini),Vicki Mason,Claire McArdle&Emma Greenwood.

For more information about Open House Melbourne visit theirwebsite.


The winners of the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award for Small Tapestries will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of finalists onTuesday 8 August from 6 - 8pm.

59 artists from 14 countries arefinalists inthe Kate Derum Award and 22 artists from 7 countries are finalists inthe Irene Davies Award. The finalists will be exhibited at the Australian Tapestry Workshop until 29 September 2017.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend: phone (03) 9699 7885.

ONTHE LOOMS:Morning Star

Our new tapestry commissionMorning Starfor the newSir John Monash Centre(SJMC) in Villers-Bretonneux, France isbeing woven by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton in collaboration with designingartistsDrLyndell Brown and Professor Charles Green.

Visit the ATWduring gallery hoursor this coming Saturday forOpen House Melbourneto see weaversworking onMorning Star.

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green wrote about the design:

'This tapestry seeks to evoke the experience of arrival at a war, and in particular of Australians at the Western Front. With them on their arrival were their memories of Australia and their departure from home. This tapestry aims to evoke the soldiers’ pathway from home to the Front, and emphasizes the incongruity between the Australia that they imagined as they journeyed further and further towards the Front.

Just as the Centre provides both Australian and non-Australian visitors with an understanding of the impact of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front through an engagement with the places in which the Australians fought and the experiences of those who were there, so this tapestry aims to communicate to non-Australians and to Australian pilgrims an understanding of the places for which the Australians fought and the imaginary spaces that they carried with them.'

This tapestry has been made possible through the generosity of the Tapestry Foundation of Australia and a number of wonderful donors including; theAustralian Hotels Association,The Calvert-Jones Family,Anne and Mark Robertson OAM, The Marjorie Kingston Trust,Baillieu Myer AC and Sarah Myer andSamantha Baillieu AM and Charles Baillieu. The ATW is also delighted that theANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fundwill be assisting with this project.


Your support will help us to maintain the ATW as an international centre of excellence for the creation of innovative contemporary tapestries as well as to produce engaging and informative public programs for you to enjoy.The Friends of the Australian Tapestry Workshop organise events throughout the year to gain an inside view of the Workshop's collaborative activities with leading Australian and international artists, to learn more about the art of tapestry and meet other like-minded enthusiasts.

MakingMorning Star

Missed the MakingMorning Startalk by Lyndell Brown & Charles Green last week?Watch it onlinevia our You Tube channel!


TAPESTRY MASTERCLASS WITH MARIE COOK-Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice
7 & 8August 2017(the Kate Derum Award exhibitionopenson 8 August 2017).

BOOK HERE(2 places left)

Join masterweaverMarie Cook andexplore collage, painting, drawing and photocopyto further develop your innate design style. Discuss, warp, weave and interpret ideas selected from your explorations.

Marie Cook has over 30 years experience as a weaver and was one of the foundation weavers at the ATW. She taught the Diploma of Tapestry course at South West Tafe from 1981 to 2014 and her work has been exhibited internationally.Marie Cook is most well know for her two large tapestry designs hanging in the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne,WattleandPink Heath, which were woven at the ATW in the early 1980's.

Beginners & Intermediate Level Classes:
Learn to Weave:
September (Joy Smith)-BOOK HERE
October (Joy Smith) -BOOK HERE
November (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE

Intermediate Weaving:
October (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE


+ 2016 Artist in Residence Sera Waters has an exhibitionDomestic Artsuntil the 26th August atACE Openin Adelaide.

+ Photographs of the Australian Tapestry Workshop will be featured in an exhibition by photographer Michael Kluge at theThe St Kilda Town Hall GalleryinBehind the Faade,an exhibition showcasingwhat lies behind the faade of some of the City of Port Phillip’s unique buildings from 16 August to 13 September.

+ 2016 Artists in ResidenceLizzy Sampson and Alia Bryson-Haynes have an exhibitionRocky Mountain (Circling)opening atIncinerator Galleryopening Friday 4 August from 6 - 8pm and continuing until 24 September 2017.

+ 2015 Artist in ResidenceVicki Masonis having a solo exhibitionatStudio Ingot, which is part of theRadiant PavillonFestival.The trees have nameswill runfrom 25 August to 9 September 2017 with an opening event on 1 September. Read an article by Vicki 'Jewellery for free' recently published inGarland Magazine -Love & Money.

+Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial will run again this year from 26 August - 3 September 2017.Radiant Pavilionwas co-conceived by 2016 ATW Artist in Residence Claire McArdle and will feature a number of exhibitions across Melbourne.

+ 2015 Artist in Residence Troy Emery has a exhibition atMARS Galleryof his soft sculptures titledWithdrawn until 29 July.He also has work in the current exhibitionAnimal Kingdomat theJohnstonCollectionuntil 19 September 2017.

+ Craft's festival of the handmadeCraft Cubedruns from 1 - 31 August 2017 with events. workshops, exhibitions and talks across Melbourne.

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