Winners Announced

The Australian Tapestry Workshopis delighted to announce the winners for the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award for Small Tapestries.

Ema Shin’s (Australia) tapestrySoft Alchemy(Lily)was awarded the Kate Derum Award and the Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award was awarded to weaverHannah Waldron(United Kingdom) for her tapestryTo Houshi Onsen.Cresside Collette was awarded a High Commendation for her tapestryGardenin the Kate Derum Award. Two High Commendations were awarded for the Irene Davies Award, Munaw Poe (Australia) for her tapestryFreedomand Ingrida Ivane (Latvia) for her tapestryImpatience.

The winners were selected by judges Emeritus Prof Kay Lawrence AM, Dr Rebecca Coates and Dr Kevin Murray. This award is generously supported by Susan Morgan in memory of Kate Derum, and Alayne and Alan Davies in memory of their mother Irene Davies.

You can view the winning tapestries alongside the finalists at the Australian Tapestry Workshop until 29 September 2017.Click here to view the full list of finalists.

ONTHE LOOMS:Morning Star

ATW weavers arehalfway through the tapestry commissionMorning Starfor the new Sir John Monash Centre(SJMC) in Villers-Bretonneux, France to be unveiled on 24th April 2018. The tapestry is designed byartistsDrLyndell Brown and Professor Charles Greenand is being woven byPamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton.

The imagery of the tapestry shows dawn light during winter illuminating a pathway through eucalpyt trees and bush towards sunlight. The design is punctuated by inset images that show departures to war by ships from Australia, as well as snaps of the young men who are about to enlist.The result is an evocative and impressive tapestry design that highlights the personal stories behind the battlefield.

Visit the ATWduring gallery hoursto see weaversworking onMorning Star.

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 Fundis supporting this project.


ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris are currently on a three-week exchange program atDovecot Studios, Edinburghas part of the ATW & Dovecot Studios Weaver Exchange program.

This exchange is designed to raise the profile of contemporary tapestry weaving by fostering talent, building relationships and sharing knowledge. By spending an extended period in the host tapestry workshop, weavers will engage with both familiar and new working practices, and immerse themselves in the local arts and cultural community.

In October 2017Dovecot master weaverDavid Cochranewill travel to Melbourne to work at the ATW.


For the fourth consecutive year, the ATW opened its doors to the public on the weekend forOpen House Melbourneon Saturday 29 July 2017. This open day provided an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the art of tapestry weaving and the history of the ATW heritage building.

In addition to free guided tours, special programs on the day included free drop-in kids weaving activities as well as a Maker's Market that showcased handmade artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics by previous ATW Artist in Residence artistsCat Rabbit, Aliia Bryson Haynes (RARA Studio),Superpleased(Sue Buchanan & Eli Giannini),Vicki Mason,Claire McArdle&Emma Greenwood.

We look forward to Open Hourse Melbourne next year. In the meantime formore information about Open House Melbourne visit theirwebsite.


ATW welcomesSophia Caias the new Public Programs Coordinator. Sophia joined the ATW team in August 2017, and brings prior experience in contemporary curating, arts writing, and project management to the position, as well as a keen love of textile arts.

We bid farewell to Adriane Hayward, who has worked with the organisation for the past fouryears.

All the best on your future endeavours and safe travels Adriane!


There's only a few more spots left in our remaining classes for 2017! Book now to secure your spot.

Learn to Weave Classes
Join master weavers in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale using theweft faced French Gobelin technique.

September (Joy Smith)- WAITLIST
October (Joy Smith) - WAITLIST
November (Tim Gresham)- BOOK HERE

Intermediate Classes
Join master weavers for an intensive two days learning intermediate level tapestry weaving skills.This class is for people with that have completed our Learn to Weave class or medium level weavers who want to refine and improve their skills.

October (Tim Gresham)- BOOK HERE

The schedule for 2018 classes will be announced shortly. Keep an eye out on our website and e-news.


+ 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 until13 September.

+ Gareth Sampson's tapestryFamily Trust, 1990,woven by ATW weavers Andrea May, Hannah Rother and Jennifer Sharpe will be shown as part of the artist's major retrospective at theNational Gallery of Victoria.Gareth Sampson:Transformerwill open to the public on 15 September 2017 and run until 28 January 2018.

+ 2016 Artists in ResidenceLizzy Sampson and Alia Bryson-Haynes have an exhibitionRocky Mountain (Circling)showingatIncinerator Galleryuntil 24 September 2017.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceJohn Brooksis showing atWest Spacein the group exhibitionEvery Second Feels Like a Centuryuntil 7 October 2017.Curated by Debbie Pryor and Hannah Presley, this exhibition is an exploration of the Apocalypse in our modern world.

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

+ 2015 Artist in ResidenceYufang Chihas curated a group exhibition atBLINDSIDE Galleryas part of RadiantPavilion.Tacit Recollectionbrings together international jewellery and object artists to reflect on the relationship of body and external world. The exhibition runs until9 September 2017.

+ Melbourne-based artistAngela Brennanis having a solo exhibitionat theIan Potter Museumfrom 5 September 2017 - 25 February 2018.Forms of Lifewill see Angela respond to the University of Melbourne's collection of Greek and Cypriot artefacts.Angela has previously designed two tapestries for the ATW.

+ Tapestry artists are invited to enter their work for consideration for the online exhibitionWorld Tapestry Now,organised by the American Tapestry Alliance.Entries must be one-of-a-kind and completed after January 2014. The deadline for submission is 15 October 2017. Read more about the exhibition and requirementshere.

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