The Life and Legacy of Sir John Monash

As our ATW weavers work towards completing theMorning Startapestry for theSir John Monash Centrein Villers-Bretonneux, France, the Friends of the Australian Tapestry Workshop invite you to a special presentation on the man behind the name.

Special guest speaker Michael Headberry, Victorian Director of theSaluting Monash Council, will discuss the many facets of Sir John Monash with a particular focus onhis 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


Applications are now open for the 2018 Artist in Residence (AIR) program at ATW. This popular residencyprogram offers practicing artists a chance to immerse themselves in the unique studio environment of the ATW, which is the only workshop of its kind in Australia.

The program is open to artistsworking in any medium- not just the visual arts or textile based practice - and at any stage of their career. Selected artists will be given a working space at the ATW, reasonable use of ATW yarn and equipment, be paid to deliver a public talk, and invited toexhibit at ATW the following year as part of the annual AIR exhibition.

Since its inception, the AIR program has hosted artists from around Australia and the world. Previous artists include Kate Just, Paul Yore, Troy Emery, Ema Shin, Andrei Davidoff, and more!

For further details and to complete the application form please head to ourwebsite. Applications close onFriday 17th November 2017.

TAPESTRY WALKING TOUR 2017: Limited spots left!

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

There are limited spots remaining for the Tapestry Walking tour. Led by guidesKay Bailey and Jan Wallage this tour will explore themagnificent tapestries on display at some of Melbourne’s great arts and cultural institutions. Book now to ensure your spot!

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)


Earlier in October we had the pleasure of welcomingDovecot master weaverDavid Cochraneto the ATW. David's trip followed theexchange of our ATW Weaver InternsKarlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris toDovecot Studios, Edinburghin September 2017. The ATW & Dovecot Studios Weaver Exchange program was designedto expandweavers' knowledge of weaving in other workshops and foster creative exchange in a specialist environment.

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).

Later in Novemberweaver PierreBureau 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.


Ken Corke, Director of the Office of Australian War Graves recently visited the ATW to view the progress of theMorning Startapestry for the new Sir John Monash Centre in France opening in April 2018.

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 M. Kingston Charitable Trust, Baillieu Myer AC and Sarah Myer, the Chasam Foundation and the Yulgilbar Foundation.The ATW is also honouredthat theANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fundis supporting this project.

The ATW is open for public viewing Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm. Drop in soon to seeMorning Staron the loom! We willcomplete the tapestry in early December.


The ATW is delighted to announce artist Pae White as the 2017 Hancock Fellow. 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.

Pae is an internationally recognised artistbest 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 will be giving a free public lecture at ATW onTuesday 12 December 2017. She is alsoone of the participating artists in the inaugural NGV Triennial 2017, where shewill deliver a lecturein partnership with ATW.

Registrations for Pae's lecture will open soon.Follow our website and social media for updates.


Our annual Christmas Party returns onThursday 14th December.

Join ATW weavers, staff, volunteers and supporters for a night of festivities as we celebrate another wonderful year of contemporary tapestryat the ATW. Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM will also be delivering a short talk at the party.

Thursday 14 December 2017| 6:00 - 8:00 pm, refreshments provided.
Free to attend. RSVPS's essential.Click here to book your place.


We've just released our dates for next year's Beginner's and Intermediate Weaving Classes. These tend to fill up very quickly so secure your spot now!

Learn to Weave withTim Gresham
Thursday 8 & Friday 9 February 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Learn to Weave with Cresside Collette
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham
Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 November 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

Intermediate Weaving with Tim Gresham
Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 May 2018 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

3-day Intermediate Weaving with Cresside Collette - Weaving the Landscape
Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 & Friday 12 October 2017 10am to 4pm BOOK NOW!

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email


ATW welcomesBeck Jobsonto the position of Manager (Finance & IT Administration). Beck has over 20 years experience within the Australian arts sector, working across a diverse range of areas including product development, publishing and education. Most recently she was the Grants Manager at Craft Victoria. Beck is also a trained textile designer specialising in woven cloth, she maintains a studio based textiles practice that includes exhibition work and small batch production.

Welcome to the ATW team, Beck!


+ ATW Weaver Intern and artistLeith Maguirehas a solo exhibition openingatNicholas Thompson Galleryon 11 November, 2017 from 4-6 pm.Ruminantwill be on display until 3 December.

+ 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:Transformeris openuntil 28 January 2018.

+ 2017 Artist in ResidenceDrDebra Porch's exhibition will open shortly atGallery Smith Projectin North Melbourne.Debra's solo exhibitionAn archive of ordinary spacewill be run from 2 - 11 November, 2017, with theexhibition opening on Saturday 4th November, 2-4pm.

+ A major retrospective of the German artistGerhard Richteropened atQAGOMA, Brisbaneon October 14. This is the first major exhibition in Australia of Richter's work, and includes four jacquard tapestries designed by the artist. The exhibition is exclusive to Brisbane and continues until 14 February 2018.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceJohn Brooksand2012 Artist in Residence and winner of the 2017 Kate Derum AwardEma Shinare currently showing at Tamworth Regional Gallery as part of the the3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial.Curated by Glenn Barkley ofthe Curator's Department, the exhibition will tour around Australia from July 2018.

+ A major new installation by artistSally Smartis currently being exhibited atMargaret Lawrence Galleryas part ofART150and closes on 4 November 2017.Sally has previously worked with ATW on the tapestryEye Desire,2011.

+ Melbourne-based artistAngela Brennan's solo exhibitionat theIan Potter Museumcontinues until 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.

+ 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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