ON THE LOOMS:Morning Star

ATW weavers have now begun our exciting new commissionMorning Star, designed
byLyndell Brown and Charles Greenfor the newSir John Monash Centre(SJMC) in France.

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.

Artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green said:

“Just as the SJMC 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.

It therefore seems to us that it is absolutely essential, first, to evoke a mental place of Australian freedom and clear light; and, second, to evoke the sea-borne passage towards the soldiers’ arrival at the Front. The tapestry emphasises the disjunction between the terrible experiences that the museum describes rather than repeats them. It seems to us very important to present images such as soldiers might have carried in their hearts and imaginations as they arrived at the Western Front. If the Centre had been located in Australia, we would have chosen the reverse, to evoke the Front."

Visit the ATWduring gallery hoursto see weaversPamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton working onMorning Star.

Entries closeSUNDAY JUNE 4

Entires for the 2017 Kate Derum ($5,000) & Irene Davies ($1,000) Awards for Small Tapestrieswill close on 4 June 2017. TheKate Derum & Irene Davies Awardswere established to honour the memory of Kate and and her significant contribution to tapestry and the memory of Irene and her love of the medium. Theseawards aregenerously supported by Susan Morgan in memory of Kate Derum, and Alayne and Alan Davies in memory of their mother Irene Davies through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.

Emeritus Prof Kay Lawrence AM:Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia,Australian Tapestry Workshop board member, tapestry weaver.

Dr Kevin Murray:Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Editor of Garland Magazine, Former Director of Craft Victoria, World Craft Council Committee.

Dr Rebecca Coates:Director SAM (Shepparton Art Museum), Honorary Fellow, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne, curator and writer.


Carly Snoswell
Christopher O’Brien
Emma Greenwood

Join ourArtists in Residence:Carly Snoswell,Christopher O’Brien&Emma Greenwoodfor artist talks and panel discussion. Thursday 27June2017, 6:30pm (please join us for refreshments from 6pm). Free event.

OUR WEAVER INTERNS: learning and growing as a team

Since October 2016 our weaver internsLeith Maguire, Karlie Hawking, and Sophie Morrishave been studying the intricate art of tapestry production under the expert tuition ofsenior weavers including Sue Batten, Joy Smith, and Cresside Collette. Training these weavers is crucial for the long-term sustainability of the ATW.

It is vital that our senior weavers have the opportunity to pass on their expert skills to others. Your donation to theGive an Inch appealwill help support the education and development of the next generation of Australian tapestry weavers.

TheTapestry Foundation of Australiaplays a vital role in supportingthe ATW to achieve excellence in creativity and innovation.Through aGive an Inch donation to the Tapestry Foundation of Australiayou will help us continue our work as a world leader in the creation of hand woven contemporary tapestries.All donationsof $2 and over are tax deductible.


Exhibition runs 17 May - 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

ELEMENTS:earth, fire, air, water

Exhibitionruns17 May–9 June 2017

30 artists from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom show their small format woven tapestries in an international touring exhibition.


Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice:
2017 Tapestry Masterclass with Marie Cook - 7th & 8th August 2017 -BOOK HERE

Explore collage/paint/draw/photocopy to further develop your innate design style.
Discuss, warp, weave and interpret ideas selected from your explorations.(To coincide with the opening of the Kate Derum & Irene Davies Awards for Small Tapestries)

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

Intermediate Weaving:
June (Cresside Collette) -WAITLIST
October (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE


+ 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 the particularity that some fragments are woven with copper wire. These filaments are behaving as theremin antennas of four sensors that can detect the presence of the human body over a meter away.

+ 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 winners will be announced on Saturday 3 June from 4 - 6pm at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

+ 2012 Artist in Residence Julie Bradley has a exhibition opening atBrunswick St Gallery,Stone upon Stone,on Friday 9 June. The exhibition runs until 22 June 2017.

+ The exhibitionFreshwateratShepparton Art Museumruns until 4 June, this exhibition features a ATW tapestry designed by JohnWolseley:Concerning the wading birds of the Warrnambool wetlands.This magnificent tapestry is usually at its permanenthome in Warrnambool, so it is a great opportunity to see it closer to Melbourne.

+ Whilst theConcerning the wading birds of the Warrnambool wetlandstapestry is on loan to SAM, we have loaned our tapestryGrevilleadesignedby Lesley Dumbrell to the Warrnambool Base Hospital where it is on public display.

+ 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.

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