THANK YOU to all of our wonderful and generous supporters, friends, volunteers, artists, Board, Foundation and staff, who have made our 40th year truly amazing!

In 2017we were proud to weave four beautifultapestriesthat willenrichpublic and private spaces. Wecontinued training our threeweaver interns to help take us forward through our next 40 years. Welaunched our excitingnew annual magazineWOVEN. Weengaged all levels of the community through our diverse range of exhibitions and public programs. Weavers fromDovecot StudiosandThe Manufacture des Gobelinscollaborated with our weaving team on a creative exchange.We continue our commitmentto collaborating with living artists, designers and architects and to bringing the excellence of Australian tapestry weaving to new national and international audiences.

We are very grateful for the generosity of others, through philanthropic support, government funding, commissions and new partnerships.

We have until December 31st, 2017 to meet our annual GIVE AN INCH appeal target.
We are so close now!
Please consider donating in these final days of the appeal to help us reach our target. Every single inch given will count towards a bright future for the ATW.

Please click through to make a tax-deductible gift today!

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has contributed so generously during 2017.
We look forward to staying in touch and sharing the impact of your support.

We look forward to seeing you all at the ATW in 2018!

Please note: The ATW will be closed to the public from December 23 2017 to January 22, 2018.ATW administration staff will return to office on January 2, 2018.


We’d like 3minutes of your time to find out more about why you visit the ATW and what would make your next visit even better?

By completing the following short survey, you will help us ensure that our program is relevant to your needs. You will also be assisting the ATW in gathering valuable information that we can use for future grant applications and reporting to funding bodies.

To say thank you, we are giving one lucky respondent an excellent ATW gift pack which includes; an ATW tote bag, a copy ofMany Hands: The first 40 years of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, anda selection of greeting cards.Please make sure you complete the survey by 5pm Friday, January 31 2018 to go into the draw.

Friends of the ATW Lecture Series: Guan Wei

Thursday 8 February 2018 | 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm
Tickets: Friends of the ATW $10 | General admission $15.

For this lecture at ATW, Guan Wei will discuss the design process forTreasure Huntand his artistic practice and career more broadly. Over the last three decades, Guan Wei has developed a significant international reputation as a contemporary artist whose work crosses cultural and political boundaries. As a Chinese artist who migrated to Australia in 1989, his practice draws on the experience of both cultures as well as an informed socio-political awareness.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hearone Australia’s most significant artists at ATW!


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$25 per child. All materials will be provided.
Please select one session:


Our weaver traineesKarlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris have just warped up their first collaborative tapestry project under the guidance of Master Weaver Sue Batten. The tapestry22 Temenggong Road, Twilightwas designed by architect Justin Hill and was the 2016 winner of the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA)

The TDPA will return in 2018 for its third iteration. More details to be announced soon.

Training the next generation of tapestry weavers is so important for the long-term sustainability of the ATW.Please help us meet our annual fundraising target and Give an Inch today in support of training our weaver interns.

Our current 2-year weaver intern program has been made possible through the generosity of the Pratt Foundation and the TFA through ourGive an inch appeal.


We are delighted to announce the 12 artists and designers who will beATW Artists in Residencefor 2018!

Congratulations to Alterfact (Ben Landau and Lucile Sciallano), Chloe Bensahel (USA), Carolyn Cardinet, Rute Chaves, Martina Copley, Sai-Wai Foo, Anne Graham (NSW), Bronwyn Hack, Melanie Irwin, Simone Kennedy (SA), Britt Salt and Siying Zhou.

This year we received 92 applications from artists and designers all around the world, making the selection process highly competitive.

The 2018 applications were assessed by Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM, former Head of School, School of Art, Architecture andDesign at the University of South Australia, Director of theBoard of theAustralian Tapestry Workshopand tapestry weaver; Dr David Sequeira, Director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery,Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and Antonia Syme, Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.


An exhibition by ATW Artists in Residence from 2017. Featuring works by:

  • Frea Black

  • Emma Greenwood

  • Jennifer McCamley

  • ChrisO'Brien

  • Drew Pettifer

  • Debra Porch

  • Elena Redaelli

  • Gina Ropiha

  • Carly Snoswell

  • Superpleased (Sue Buchanan and Eli Giannini)

  • Zilvester (Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh)

OPENING: Thursday 15th February 2018, 6-8pm. All welcome. RSVP essential.
Exhibition continues until Friday 27 April 2018.


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 JOIN THE WAITLIST

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March 2018 10am to 4pmLIMITED SPACES!

Learn to Weave with Cresside Collette
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018 10am to 4pmBOOK 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


Our master weavers Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton have recently completed the outstandingMorning Startapestry. Designed by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, this tapestry is destined for the new Sir John Monash Centre due to open in France on 24th April 2018.

Melbourne audiences will get a chance to view this magnificent tapestry for a limited time. From January 16th, 2018,Morning Starwill hang in theShrine of Remembrancefor a month. Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to see this significant tapestry before it heads off to France.

This tapestry is generously supported by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, Australian Hotels Association, ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, Marjorie M. Kingston Charitable Trust, Calvert-Jones Family, Anne and Mark Robertson OAM, Baillieu Myer AC and Sarah Myer, Yulgilbar Foundation, Chasam Foundation and the Myer Foundation.


+ 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.

+ Beck Jobson will be speaking at the inauguralSoul Craft Festival, to be held in North Melbourne Meat Market from9 - 10 June 2019. For further details about the festival and tickets clickhere.

+ 2017 Artists in ResidenceZilversterare currently showing atIan Potter Museumin the group exhibitionAll the Better to See You With.Thisexhibition presents contemporary art work alongside a selection of key historical fairy tale books that provide re-interpretations of the classic fairy tales for a 21st-century context. The exhibition continues until 4 March 2018.

+ 2012 Artist in ResidenceKate Justis currently exhibiting atACCAas part of the exhibitionUnfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism.This exhibition surveys the diverse scope of feminist art practices including painting, performance, photography and film to community engagement and cultural activism. The exhibition continues until 25 March 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.

+ 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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