Debra Porch (QLD) and Drew Pettifer (VIC)

Join ourArtists in ResidenceDebra PorchandDrew Pettiferfor our final artist in residence talks for 2017. Drew and Debra will provide an overview of their respective practices, and discuss their time working in the unique studio environment of the ATW.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6pm
Free event. No bookings required.

Interested in being an Artist in Residence at ATW in 2018?

Applications are now open. Click here for all the details.

TAPESTRY WALKING TOUR 2017: Melbourne Arts Precinct

Friday 3 November, 2017 | 10-11:30 am
Meeting place: inside the National Gallery of Victoria at the Waterwall. Bookings required.

Join Australian Tapestry Workshop guides, Kay Bailey and Jan Wallage, as they explore the magnificent tapestries on display at some of Melbourne’s great arts and cultural institutions. Discover more about the tapestries as well as the history of the ATW.

Tour highlights include:
NGV Great Hall: Roger Kemp Tapestry Suite
Melbourne Arts Centre: The Winparrku Serpents and the Pavilion Suite
Melbourne Recital Centre: Dulka Warngiid (Land of All)

French Exchange Program

In Novembera weaver fromlesManufactures des Gobelinsin Paris, France will travel to Melbourne for two weeks to work onMorning Staralongside ATW weavers. This opportunity has been generously supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is an exciting exchange between the world's oldest and youngest tapestry centres.

Morning Staris a major tapestry commissionfor the newSir 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.

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.

The Life and Legacy of Sir John Monash

In recognition of Sir John Monash – military commander, engineer and lawyer – the Friends of the Australian Tapestry Workshop invite you to a presentation on his life and legacy.Michael Headberry, Victorian Director of the Saluting Monash Council, will address the many facets of Sir John Monash with a particular focus on his role as a wartime leader and his extensive efforts in ensuring the quick and safe return of Australian soldiers following the end of World War I.

Following Headberry’s lecture, ATW weaver Pamela Joyce will provideher insights on the tapestry process and her involvement in the creation of this significant work.

Thursday 16 November 2017| 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm.
Tickets: Friends of the ATW: $10 | General: $15


Our ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris are currently on a three-weekexchange program atDovecot Studios, Edinburghas part of the ATW & Dovecot Studios Weaver Exchange program. This exchange program was designed to help weavers expand upon their knowledge of international weaving techniques.

We look forward to welcoming Dovecot master weaverDavid Cochranein October 2017 as he travels to Melbourne to work at the ATW.

The ATW + Dovecot Studios Weaver exchange program is generously supported by The Myer Scholarship through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia. The ATW Weaver Intern program isproudly supported by The Pratt Foundation and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia (through theGIVE AN INCH APPEAL).


The Hancock Fellow, established by the Tapestry Foundation in 1998 in honour of former Chairman Arnold Hancock OBE, allows opportunities to bring internationally recognised artists in tapestry, textile and design to visit the ATW and share their expertise.

The ATW is delighted to announce artist Pae White as the 2017 Hancock Fellow. Based in Los Angeles, Pae is a multi-media artist best known for her large-scale machine-loomed tapestries and immersive site-specific installations in a variety of media. Her practice merges art, design, craft and architecture to create works that transcend the traditional boundaries between these fields. Pae is one of the participating artists in the inaugural NGV Triennial 2017.

Pae White will be giving a public lecture at ATW, more details to be announced shortly


+ Gareth Sansom's tapestryFamily Trust, 1990,woven by ATW weavers Andrea May, Hannah Rother and Jennifer Sharpe is on display as part of the artist's major retrospective at theNational Gallery of Victoria.Gareth Sansom:Transformeropenedto the public on 15 September 2017 and run until 28 January 2018.

+ 2017 Artist in ResidenceDrDebra Porchwill be showing atGallery Smith Projectin North Melbourne later in the year. Debra's solo exhibitionAn archive of ordinary spacewill be run from 2 - 11 November, 2017, with an exhibition opening on Saturday 4th November, 2-4pm.

+ 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 ResidenceMegan McPhersonis showing in the2017 Geelong acquisitive print awardwith a work inspired by her time at ATW. The exhibition continues atGeelong Galleryuntil 8 October.

+ A major new installation by artistSally Smartwill be exhibited atMargaret Lawrence Galleryas part ofART150.Staging the Studiowill open on Thursday 5 October, 5:30 pm and the exhibition will continue until 4 November 2017. Sally has previously worked with ATW on the tapestryEye Desire,2011.

+ 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.

+ Entries are invited for the inaugural open international exhibitionResponse to Placeas part of theCraft Biennale Scotland 2018in Edinburgh. Artists are invited to submit work that respond to the theme by 1 December 2017. Read more about the application processhere.

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