The ATW is delighted to announce American artistPae Whiteas the 2017 Hancock Fellow. The Hancock Fellow, established by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia in 1998 in honour of formerChairman of the Board Arnold Hancock OBE, allows opportunities to bring internationally recognised experts in tapestry, textile and design to visit the ATW and share their expertise.

Pae White (b. 1964, lives and works in Los Angeles) is an internationally recognised 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. At the heart of Pae’s practice is an interest in capturing fleeting beauty, and challenging the viewer’s understanding of the everyday.

For her free public lecture at ATW, Pae will provide an insight into her fascinatingcareer, and focus on some recent projects and exhibitions. This includes her upcoming participation in the inauguralNGV Triennial 2017. Pae’s visit to Melbourne has been made possible by a partnership between ATW and the NGV

Tuesday 12 December 2017| 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm.

Free to attend. RSVPS's essential.Click here to book your place.

ATW CHRISTMAS PARTY: Everyone welcome!

Join ATW staff, volunteers, supporters and friends for a night of festivities as we celebrate another wonderful year of contemporary tapestry at the ATW.

Immerse yourself in the unique studio environment of ATW and view theMorning Startapestry designed byLyndell Brown and Charles Green. This will be your last chance to see the magnificent tapestry in Melbourne before it heads off to its permanent home at the Sir John Monash Centre in France. Other tapestries on display will includeTreasure HuntbyGuan Weion the looms, as well as some of our beloved collection tapestries and samples.

As part of the celebrations,Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AMwill be delivering a short talk on the night titledKay Lawrence and the ATW: Parallel Lives. This talk will focus on Kay’s ongoing relationship with the ATW and her esteemed career as a tapestry weaver, educator and academic in the field of contemporary textile practice.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday 14 December 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Free to attend. RSVP's essential.Click here to book your place.


After completing a number of design samples, ATW weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris have recently begun work on their first full size tapestry under the supervision of Master Weaver Sue Batten.

22 Temenggong Road, Twilight,designed by Australian-born architect Justin Hill, was the winner of the 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects.The design concept of22 Temenggong Road, Twilightis based on Justin Hill'sfirst-hand experience living in Asia. Hill says of the design:

"The subject is my house where I lived through my 30s and 40s... The scene is early one evening, taken from an adjusted photograph looking from the garden... when the luminous blue of the short tropical twilight briefly equalises with the light of the house. Only then is the interior of the house revealedthrough layers of fraying blinds, window mesh..."


We've had a busy few weeks at ATW with visits from two international master weavers!

Last month we hostedDovecot master weaverDavid Cochraneto the ATW. After completing a sample ofMorning Star, David spent two weeks working on the tapestry alongside weavers Pamela Joyce, Cheryl Thornton and Chris Cochius. During his time here, David also gave a short presentation to ATW Weavers and Weaver Interns about his experience and recent projects atDovecot Studios.The ATW + Dovecot Studios Weaver exchange program is generously supported by The Myer Scholarship through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.

Following David's visit ATW welcomedmaster weaver Pierre Bureau, Director of theManufacture deBeauvais in France. During his two weeks at ATW Pierre contributed to theMorning Startapestry,and also gave a free public talk about the history of the French National Tapestry Workshop. Pierre's visit was generously supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the TFA and Sofitel, and is an exciting exchange between the world's oldest and youngest tapestry centres.


Looking for some unique and creative gift ideas this Christmas season? Why not gift a copy ofMany Hands: The First 40 Years of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, published by Harper Collins, to your family and friends. This exquisite glossy hardcover publication of more than 130 pages showcases major tapestries, outreach projects and key artists with whom ATW have collaborated in the past 40 years.

Other great gift ideas you can find at the ATW shop include our extensive range ofcards and postcardsfeaturing recent ATW tapestries, a 1000-piece jigsaw of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, or our ATW yarn, sold in 25g cones. We are currently also selling special Christmas card packs for $15. You canshop online via our website, or visit us in person Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm.


We are delightedto reveal our new annual magazine WOVEN. Bigger and better than ever, WOVEN is a beautiful 44 page keepsake that illustrates the recent achievements of the ATW. We would like to thank theEnvelope Group,Southern ColourandBall & Doggettfor their generous support of WOVEN.

Join the friendstoday to receive your copy of WOVEN.Your friendship will help us to maintain the ATW as an international centre of excellence forthe creation of innovative contemporary tapestries as well as to produce engaging and informative public programsfor you to enjoy.

For the first time ever, the Friends of the ATW have joined forces with Members and Friends Groups of theAustralian Craft and Design Centre Networkto offerreciprocal 10% retail discounts and free exhibition entry. Please enquire what reciprocal benefits are available when you next visit.

For a full list of benefits, list of reciprocal members, and more information about theFriends of the ATW please visit our website or call us9699 7887. Gift memberships are also available.


Looking for fun activities for your kids to do during the upcoming summer holidays? Sign your kids up to our summer holiday workshops and they can learn how to make their own colourful tapestries in this hands-on workshop!

After watching the ATW weavers work on big looms, kids will get a chance to weave on their very ownmini cardboard loom using our beautiful hand-dyed yarns. At the end of the workshop kids can take their looms home to keep weaving!

These fun workshops will be led by our ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Sophie Morris and Leith Maguire. Suitable for ages 5-11.

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Please select one session:
11am to 12:30pm - BOOK NOW
OR 2pm to 3:30 pm -BOOK NOW
$25 per child. All materials will be provided.


Our popular beginner's and intermediate weaving classes have been announced for 2018.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 LIMITED SPOTS LEFT!

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

COMING IN 2018: Guan Wei Lecture

We are delighted to announce that artistGuan Weiwill be delivering a free public lecture on 7February 2018 as part of the Friends of the ATW Lecture series. Guan Wei will discuss his career and tapestry designTreasure Hunt,which is currently on the loom.

More details to be announced shortly.


+ ATW Weaver Intern and artistLeith Maguire's solo exhibitionRuminantcloses soon atNicholas Thompsonon3 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.

+ A major retrospective of the German artistGerhard Richteris currently on display atQAGOMA, Brisbane. 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.

+ 2017 Artists in ResidenceZilvester (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)are showing at theIan Potter Museumas part of the exhibitionAll the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed.This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists alongside key-historical fairy tale books to explore the function of fairy tales in contemporary society. The exhibition continues until 4 March 2018.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceJennifer Goodmanhas a solo exhibition atGallerysmithin North Melbourne.The Long Wait for the Angelcontinues until 9 December, 2017.

+ 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.

+ 2014 Artist in ResidenceVicki Masonis showing in Craft's Christmas exhibitionRegale.The exhibition will be on view from 27th November - 27th January 2018 atCraft Victoria's new gallery in Watson Place. The opening will be on Thursday 30th November 6-8pm.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceLizzy Sampsonwill be showing in the upcoming group exhibitionLIGHTatArtery Cooperative, Northcote. The exhibitions will run from Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December 2017.

+ 2014 Artist in ResidenceDell Stewartis part ofc3Contemporary Art Space's Annual Fundraiser. The exhibition opens on Thursday 30 November 6-9pm, and the exhibition continues until 10 December 2017.

+ 2013 Artist in ResidenceKyoko Imazuhas a solo exhibitionThe Wild Thingscurrently on displayatOdd One Out, Hong Kong.The exhibition continues until 17 December 2o187.

+ 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.

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