ONTHE LOOMS:Morning Star

Our wonderfulweavers have nowcompleted25% of theMorning Startapestry and we are on track to have it installed at the newSir John Monash Centre(SJMC) in France by ANZAC Day 2018. This excitingnew commission is being woven by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton and is designed by artistsLyndell Brown and Charles Green.

Tapestry Weaver, Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM wrote about theMorning Stardesign:

“I am very moved by the imagery, and how Brown and Green responded to the design brief’s emphasis on connection and disconnection to place (The Western Front). The juxtaposition of anonymous crowds of soldiers milling about the dock and the single hand gesturing in the centre of the image, where the dense tangle of trees and undergrowth opens up to the light. The sombre tonality of their design is very much in keeping with the gravity of the events that the work commemorates.

The design will give the weavers scope to showcase their extraordinary skill in imbuing the lights and dark tones of the image with intense but subtle colouration as previously done with such skill in the David Noonan tapestries. That’s the beauty of the tapestry process, its capacity to modulate and intensify the colour. Another challenge for the weavers!”

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.

Visit the ATWduring gallery hoursto see weaversworking onMorning Star.

Making Morning Star

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green discuss their design and the collaboration behindtheMorning Startapestry.

Date: Thursday, 20July 2017

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

General Tickets: $15
Friends of the ATW: $10


As a member of our eNews community, we know you enjoy watching our handwoven contemporary tapestries grow. But did you know due to the skilled process required to create a tapestry, the cost of production starts from$25 per INCH?

To the left is just ONE INCH of thePerspectives on a Flat Surfacetapestry, designed by John Wardle Architects and hand-woven at the ATW.

Securing a bright future holds some significant financial challenges; every year we need to raise 85% of our operational income.

If every enews recipientGAVE AN INCHtoday, we would reach our fundraising target for 2017.

Every INCH you give makes a difference. PleaseGIVE AN INCHtoday!

Now is the perfect time to make a donation before the end of the financial year.

All donations to theGIVE AN INCHAppeal via the Tapestry Foundation of Australia of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Alternatively, you may make your donation over the phone on 03 9699 7885
or in person at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne.


The ATW is looking for an energetic and highly motivated self-starter, with a passion for developing and implementing a variety of programs that engage and expand the ATW’s audiences through events, talks, tours, exhibitions, weaving classes and tapestry loans. Applications close on Monday 10 July 2017.


Join ourArtists in Residence:Carly Snoswell,Christopher O’Brien&Emma Greenwoodfor artist talks and panel discussion.

Date: Tuesday27June2017
Time: 6:30pm,refreshments from 6pm
Free event

Finalists Announced

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is delighted to announce the finalists for the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award for Small Tapestries. These are the most prestigious small tapestry prizes in Australia.


An exhibition of ATW Artists in Residence from 2016. Exhibition runs until 7 July 2017

Alia 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

59 artists from 14 countries have been selected as finalists for the Kate Derum Award and 22 artists from 7 countries have been selected for the Irene Davies Award.

The winners will be announced at the opening of the finalists exhibition onTuesday 8 August from 6 – 8pmat the Australian Tapestry Workshop and will rununtil 29 September 2017.


TAPESTRY MASTERCLASS WITH MARIE COOK-Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice
7 & 8August 2017(The Kate Derum Award is opening on 8 August 2017).

Join masterweaverMarie Cook to explore 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.


Learn to Weave:
June (Joy Smith) -WAITLIST
July (Tim Gresham)-WAITLIST
September (Joy Smith)-BOOK HERE
November (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE

Intermediate Weaving:
October (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE


+ Janet Laurence, who worked with us this year on the tapestryListen, to the sound of plantsis exhibiting her immersive installationLost Habitatsat the Oldenburger Schloss in Germany until 27 August 2017. Laurence is currently a Visiting Fellow at theHanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst. Also, her video workDeep Breathingis included in the group exhibitionWarning ShotatTopographie de l'art, Paris until 27 July 2017.

+The ATW'sTheremin Tapestryby Chicks on Speed will be exhibited in Dublin at theScience Galleryas part of exhibitionSound Checkfrom 9 June to 24 September 2017.Theremin Tapestryis a musical instrument designed by the artist collective Chicks On Speed and woven at ATW in 2009. The instrument is a tapestry with some fragments woven with copper wire. These filaments are behaveastheremin antennas of four sensors that can detect the presence of the human body from over a meter away.

+ TheAmerican Tapestry Alliancecurrently has an online exhibition about the work of Belinda Ramson, who was instrumental in setting up the Australian Tapestry Workshop and had a successful independent weaving practice and has exhibitedregularly in group exhibitions in Australia and her work has been collected by several museums.Visit the online exhibitionto see Belinda's work and essay by Meredith Hinchliffe.

+ Congratulations to all of the finalists ofCraft's Victorian Craft Award 2017, especially ATW Artists in Residence Alumni:Andrei Davidoff ceramics, Claire McArdle,Ema Shin, Emma Greenwood,Kate Just,Kirsty Macafee,Louise Meuwissen,Vicki Masonand Yu Fang Chi. The Victorian Craft Awards exhibition, open until July 8, will take place across three venues –Craft Victoria(31 Flinders Lane),Collins Place Gallery andSofitel Melbourne On Collins.

+ If you are in Edinburgh,Dovecot Studiohas a wonderful new exhibitionThe Weavers Apprenticerunning until1 July. This exhibition tells the story of the Dovecot apprenticeship, featuring objects from the organisation’s archive, as well as historic and current works.

+ 2015 Artist in ResidenceVicki Masonis having a solo exhibition atStudio Ingot-The trees have names,from 25 August to 9 September 2017 with an opening event on 1 September. This exhibitionseeks to remind us of the interconnectedness of all things by looking more carefully at the trees that inhabit our urban streets, parks, gardens and open spaces.

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