The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is delighted to announce a major tapestry designed by prominent Australian artistsLyndell Brown and Charles Greenfor the newSir John Monash Centre(SJMC) in France.

The Tapestry Foundation of Australia in partnership with a number of extremely generous private donors, is commissioning this important tapestry, and is thrilled that theANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fundis assisting with this project.

Senator Paterson, Patron Senator for Melbourne Ports said “as the Patron Senator for Melbourne Ports, I am pleased to announce this ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture fund grant for $89,860. The Sir John Monash Centre, which currently under construction in Villers-Bretonneux, is set to become an important memorial for Australia and the 2.5m x 5.04m tapestryMorning Starwill be prominently displayed in the foyer of the SJMC".

The tapestry will provide a lasting legacy in perpetuity commemorating the 46,000 Australian lives lost
 in the battles of the Western Front in World War 1 and commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.

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.


Jennifer McCamley
Superpleased (Sue Buchanan & Eli Giannini)
Zilverster (Sharon Goodwin & Irene Hanenbergh)

Join ourArtists in Residence:Superpleased,Zilverster&Jennifer McCamleyfor artist talks and panel discussion. Thursday 11 May 2017, 6:30pm (please join us for refreshments from 6pm). Free event.


OPENING CELEBRATIONS:Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6 – 8pm

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

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

Supported by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia

Entries open this Monday 1 May

Entires for the 2017 Kate Derum ($5000) & Irene Davies ($1000) Awards for Small Tapestrieswill be openfrom 1 May 2017 to 4 June 2017. TheKate Derum & Irene Davies Awardswere established to honour the memory of Kate and Irene and theirsignificant contribution to tapestry.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, World Craft Council Committee

Dr Rebecca Coates:Director, Shepparton Art Museum, Lecturer of Art History, University of Melbourne, curator and writer


Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound & Colour Series #4. Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries.

Friday 26 March at 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm). Free event at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

From ANAM: Laura Barton, violin, Alexander MacDonald, viola & Eliza Shephard, flute
From MAV: Brandon Lee & Peter Knight.


Take a tour ofATW tapestries this month in Sydney.Perspectives on a flat surfacedesigned byJohn Wardle Architectsis on display atTin Shed Galleryat the University of Sydney.Light Playing with Evolutionis part of theJohn Olsenthe you beaut countryexhibition at AGNSW andHomage to Carl Emmanuel Bachdesigned by Jrn Utzon is in theUtzon Roomat the Sydney Opera House. Also at the SOH is a tapestry designed byLe Corbusier and woven inAubusson, France.


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:
May(Cresside Collette) -WAITLIST
June (Joy Smith) -BOOK HERE*New class announced!
July (Tim Gresham)-WAITLIST
September (Joy Smith)-BOOK HERE
November (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE

Intermediate Weaving:
June (Cresside Collette) -BOOK HERE- 1 place left
October (Tim Gresham)-BOOK HERE


+ Previous ATW Artists in ResidenceCat RabbitandPhil Ferguson (Chili Philly)are included in a group exhibitionSlice of Lifeopening atCrafton Saturday 29 April.Slice of Lifeexamines a contemporary approach to everyday objects and still lifes through craft-based practices. Runs until 27 May.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceLouise Meuwissenhas an exhibition,Biotic, atCourthouse Youth Artsin Geelong until 19 May.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidencePenelopeHuntis in the current exhibitionFlowatCounihan Galleryin Brunswick until 21 May.

+ 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.

+Garlandmagazine recently launched their 6th issue. Packed with great articles - our pick isPauline Tran's investigation into the way Karen refugees in Australian have been able to use their weaving skillsthrough collaboration with Sara Lindsay and the Australian Tapestry Workshop.Read the article here.

+ 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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