We are delighted to be hosting internationally renowned artistGuan Weifor a public lecture at ATW. Visiting from Beijing,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! Tickets are booking fast!

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



Please join us at for an exhibition of Australian and international artists who took part in the Artist in Residence program at ATW in 2017. Features work by:

  • Frea Black

  • Emma Greenwood

  • ChrisO'Brien

  • Drew Pettifer

  • Debra Porch

  • Elena Redaelli

  • Gina Ropiha

  • Carly Snoswell

  • Superpleased (Sue Buchanan and Eli Giannini)

  • Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)

OPENING: Thursday 15February 2018 | 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition continues until 27 April, 2018



Thursday 18th January - Sunday 25th February 2018

TheShrineof Remembrancewill provide the last chance for friends of the ATWto view this extraordinary tapestry prior to its permanent installation inthe newSir John Monash Centreat Villers-Bretonneux in France, which officially opens on 24thApril 2018.

The magnificentMorning Startapestryis designed by Australian Official War artistsLyndell Brown and Charles Green, and hand-woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton. It will provide a lasting legacy to the 46,000 Australian lives lost in battles of the Western Front in the First World War, and commemorates the centenary of ANZAC.

Morning Staris 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.



Thursday 1st March2018, 6 - 8pm

John Ridley AM, Chairman and Antonia Syme, Director invite you toannouncementtheATW's exciting 2018public programand thelaunchof our annualGIVE AN INCHappeal.

Please join us at the ATW to view the progress of22 Temenggong Road, Twilight,designed by Justin Hill,Treasure Hunt,designed by Guan Wei, our ATW AIR 2017 exhibition featuringworks from our recentArtists in Residenceand toraise atoast to the ATW'sbright future.



Saturday 3rd- Saturday 10th March|Town Hall Reserve (in front of the South Melbourne Town Hall), Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

In the past 7 years,Slow Art Collectivehascreated various large scale participatory artworks that play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on-site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay.

In their latest projectEmerald Threads, Slow Art Collective will build an evolving structure that will house a series of resting places for the public. Inviting public participation and intervention from interested members of the South Melbourne community and residents, these resting places will offer people a chance to take a break and enjoy a space of relative peace and calm.It will be a site for experimentation, play and gathering.

Emerald Threadsis a collaborative project between the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Slow Art Collective and supported by the City of Port Phillip.



Please join2018 Artists in ResidenceBritt Salt, Anne Marsh and Carolyn Cardinet for a series of freetalks as they discuss their artistic practices and experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Tuesday 6th March 2018 | 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm
Free admission. RSVP essential.



ATW is excitedto announce the thirdTapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) in 2018. The TDPAinvites architects, designers and architecture students to design an ambitious tapestry for a hypothetical site. We are delighted that Architecture Media is our media partner in this exciting prize.

Two winning tapestry designshave been produced at ATW as an outcome of the TDPA. One of the 2015 joint award winners John Wardle Architects's designPerspectives on a Flat Surfacewas commissioned by Judith Neilson AM in 2016.TDPA 2016 winner Justin Hill's design22 Temenggong Road, Twilightis currently on the loom and being woven by ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris.

The full details of the award and the hypothetical site for the 2018 TDPA will be announced at the launch event onTuesday 20th March, 2018, 6-8 pm. Free admission. RSVP essential.



ATW willbe participating inMelbourne Design Week 2018with a series of free and exciting events to coincide with the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects.

Join esteemed architects Peter Williams, John Wardleand collaborative duo Superpleased (Eli Giannini and Sue Buchanan) for a special panel discussion titledTapestry x Architecture: Responding to Place. This panel will focus on contemporary tapestry design and its ongoing relationship to architecture and space, as well as the effect of design on people and perceptions of the built environment. Places for this panel are limited, so make sure you book in quick!

In addition to the panel discussion the ATW will also host an exhibition of experimental tapestry samples.

Thursday 22March2018 | 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm
Free admission. RSVP essential.


ATW is thrilled to be participating in theMelbourne Art Book Fair(16-18 March 2018), held in conjunction with Melbourne Design Week. Make sure you visit our stall at the NGV Great Hall during the Fair!



Planning a visit to the ATW soon?Our weaver traineesKarlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris are currently making excellent progress on their first collaborative tapestry projectunder 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.

Our Master Weavers are working on the tapestryTreasure Huntdesigned by Guan Wei. This tapestry reflects upon Indigenous and colonial history, as well as themes ofnavigation,migration and the influence of globalisation.

Watch this space as an exciting new tapestry commission will also be announced shortly!

The ATW is open for public viewing from Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm.Guided tours are also available.



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.



Looking to learn some new skills in 2018? At the ATW we hold regular tapestry weaving classes led by master weavers. Some classes are already booked out, so get in quick!

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 4pmJOIN THE WAITLIST

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



+ The world-famousLady and the Unicorn tapestries will make their first appearance in Australia at theArt Gallery of New South Wales for an exclusive exhibition. On loan from the collection of theMuse de Cluny – Muse national du Moyen ge in Paris, the six tapestries will be on view from the 10th February to 24 June, 2018 in Sydney.

+ 2018 Artist in ResidenceBronwyn Hackis one of the finalists for the Darebin Art Prize for excellence in contemporary Australian art. Make sure to visitBundoora Homestead Art Centrebefore 4 March to see the exhibition.

+ 2017 Artists in ResidenceZilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)are 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.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceAnna Dunnillis one of the artists selected for this year'sFRESH! exhibition at Craft. FRESH! profiles the work of the best graduating students in the state that explore contemporary craft and design practice. ATW'sJosephine Meadis also exhibiting, as well as artist Ana Petidis who was afinalist in theIrene Davies Award at ATWin 2017.

+ 2012 Artist in ResidenceKate Justand 2017 Artist in ResidenceJennifer McCamleyarecurrently 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.

+ 2013 Artist in ResidencePaul Yoreis exhibiting atShepparton Art Museumas part of the exhibitionSoft Corecurated by Michael Do in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. This exhibition features work from11 Australian and two International artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft. The exhibition continues until 18 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 4 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.

+ Janet Laurence is showing atMcClelland Galleryas part of the group exhibitionFraming Nature. The exhibition presents works from McClelland's historical collection alongside recent works to explorediverse visual and conceptual approaches to landscape and nature. The exhibition continues until 18 March 2018. Laurence recently designed a tapestry for the ATW.

+ 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.

+ Entries are now open for thePetite Miniature Textilesexhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery. Artists are invited to submit contemporary textile works no larger than 30x30x30cm for the exhibition, which will run at the gallery from 2 June - 29 July 2018.

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