Thursday 1March2018 | 6 - 8pm
RSVP essential

John Ridley AM, Chairman and Antonia Syme, Director invite you to an exclusive sneak peek of ATW’s exciting 2018 public program and the launch of our annual GIVE AN INCH appeal.

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 Artists in Residence 2017 exhibition featuring works from our last year’s participating artists and to raise a toast to the ATW’s bright future.

By making a donation to GIVE AN INCH via the Tapestry Foundation of Australia you are helping the ATW continue to keep the specialist skills in the art of contemporary tapestry weaving alive in Australia. All donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.


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

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


Tuesday 20 March, 2018 | 6-8 pm
Free admission. RSVP essential.

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) returns in 2018 and will launch with the announcement of this year’s hypothetical site. An exhibition of tapestry samples that highlight the innovative collaboration between the ATW and living architects will be on display.

Established in 2015, the TDPA is a partnership between the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Architecture Media and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia. The TDPA invites architects to design a tapestry for a hypothetical site. This is the third time the TDPA has run. It is the only international competition for architects to design specifically for tapestry.

Two winning tapestry designshave been created 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, Twilightiscurrently on the loom and being woven by ATW Weaver Interns under the supervision of master weaver Sue Batten.

This event is a part ofMelbourne Design Week, an initiative of the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria.



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

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 now!

An exhibition of tapestry samples that highlight the innovative collaboration between the ATW and living architects will also be on display.

This event is a part ofMelbourne Design Week, an initiative of the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria.


Friday 16 - Sunday 18 March, 2018 | 10am - 5pm daily

ATW is thrilled to be participating in theMelbourne Art Book Fair 2018at the National Gallery of Victoria.TheMelbourne Art Book Fairbrings together international and local publishers and practitioners fora weekend of free talks, book launches, performances, and stalls featuring art, design, architecture and photography publications from around the world.

This event is a part ofMelbourne Design Week, an initiative of the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria.


Saturday 14 - Saturday 21 April, 2018 | 12- 5pm daily |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.


An exhibition of the work of Australian and international artists who took part in the Artist in Residence program at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2017.
The exhibition continues until 27 April, 2018

  • 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)


ATW Weaver InternsKarlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris are currently working ontheir 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.

Following a stimulating and exciting talk about his practice delivered by internationally renowned artist Guan Wei, ATW master weavers are continuing to work on the tapestryTreasure Hunt.This tapestry reflects upon Indigenous and colonial history, as well as themes ofnavigation,migration and the influence of globalisation.

The ATW is open for public viewing from Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm.
Guided tours are also availableon Wednesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 2pm. Bookings must be made in advance.


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 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 are currently on view until24 June, 2018 in Sydney.

+ 2018 Artist in ResidenceCarolyn Cardinetwill be participating in the RENEW RUNWAY PROJECT atMelbourne Fashion Festival2018 on March 8th, 2018.

+ 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)will be exhibiting atSarah Scout Presentsfrom 6 March - 14 April.

+ 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.

+ 2013 Artist in ResideceFleur Brettwill be participating inLandfall: Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018 from 17 March to 2 April 2018, an outdoor art exhibition along the foreshore of Lorne.

+ 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 worked with the ATW on the beautiful'Listen, to the Sound of Plants'tapestry for a private client.

+Enmeshed: woven artworks from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery collectionis currently showing atHorsham Regional Gallery. This exhibition draws on Ararat's Regional Gallery's richcollection of textile art and features many tapestries by former ATW weavers including Kate Derum andSara Lindsay. The exhibition continues until 4 March 2018.

+ Kirsten Lyttle is currently showing atCCPwith a solo exhibitionDigital Mana. The exhibition continues Lyttle's interests in the intersection of photography and weaving and is open until 11 March. Lyttle has previously worked with ATW on the projectWeaving Worldsin 2016.

+ 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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