TREASURE HUNT: It's finished!

Congratulations to ATW Masters Weavers Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton who have recently completed the impressive tapestryTreasure Hunt, designed by renowned artist Guan Wei. The completed tapestry measures 3.5 metres by 0.864 metres, and took our team of weavers 1230hours to complete.

The design for this tapestry is inspired by a large painted mural from Guan Wei's solo exhibitionOther Historiesat the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney in 2006.Treasure Huntreflects upon Indigenous and colonial culture, as well as cultural diversity. Through depictions of oceans, islands and desert interiors, Guan Wei references navigation, exploration, migration and the influence of and response to globalisation

Sydney audiences will also have an opportunity to view this tapestry at an exhibition atAustralian Design Centrein August 2018. Watch this space!


In 2018 we are looking for philanthropic support to raise the number of tapestries on our looms; this will increase production, create jobs, provoke innovation, and share our tapestries withthe rest of the world. Tapestries such asTreasure Huntdesigned by Guan Wei would not be possiblewithout the support of our generous donors.

Due to the intricate process of creatinga hand-woven tapestry, the cost of production starts from $25 per square inch. Your GIVE AN INCH donation, no matter how many inches, will play a part in keeping the art of contemporary handmade tapestry alive and thriving in Australia.

Please join our community of valued supporters by making a tax-deductible donation to our annual GIVE AN INCH appeal.


The2018 Tapestry Design Prize for Architectsinvites architects to design a tapestry for tienne-Louis Boulle’s mooted building that inspired thePharos Wing, MONA, Tasmania, Australia. MONA was designed byFender Katsalidis Architectsto house David Walsh’s extraordinary collection of old and new art.Read David Walsh's brief and find out more about theTDPA 2018 here.

Established in 2015, the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects challenges architects to explore the possibilities of tapestry and built spacethrough the invitation to create a tapestry design for a hypothetical site. The TDPA 2018 is a partnership between theAustralian Tapestry Workshop, theMuseum of Old and New Art (MONA)andArchitecture Media.


Runs until Saturday 28th July 2018
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Free to attend. No bookings required.

An exhibition of experimental tapestry sampleswhich interpretprevious Tapestry Design Prize for Architectsprizewinningdesigns by John Wardle Architects (TDPA 2015) and Justin Hill (TDPA 2016).Tapestry x Architectureoffers viewers a glimpse into the process of handmade tapestry productionand highlights the innovative collaboration between the ATW weavers and living architects.


Tuesday 8May2018 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Free admission. RSVP essential.

Please join2018 Artists in ResidenceBronwyn Hack, Rute Chaves and Siying Zhouto hear about their artistic practices, as well their experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.


Tuesday 29 May 2018 |11am - 12:30pm.
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Free to attend for Friends of the ATW. Bookings essential.

TheFriends Reading Circleat the Australian Tapestry Workshop is a free to attend book club forFriends of the ATW. We meetto discuss books that broadly relate to current exhibitions and featured tapestries at the ATW. Books will cover topics related to art, design, history, fiction and non-fiction. Whether you’ve had a chance to read the nominated book or not, you are welcome to join the discussion. Each session will include a tour of the workshop, focusing on featured tapestries and exhibitions at ATW. Light refreshments are provided.

The book for theinauguralsession is"Museum of Modern Love" by Heather Rose, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize.

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic'sThe Artist is Present.

This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.


ATW Weaver InternsKarlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris are currently working ontheir first collaborative tapestry project, under the guidance of Master Weavers Sue Batten and Cheryl Thornton.22 Temenggong Road, Twilightwas designed by architect Justin Hill and was the 2016 winner of the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects.

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 via (03) 9699 7885


Saturday 28 July | 10am - 4pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop
Free entry

ATW will once again open its doors to the public as part of Open House Melbourne on Saturday 28 July.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the ATW, including the galleries, studio floor and viewing balcony with a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory.

Other highlights of the day include:
* Guided tours of the building
* Drop-in kids weaving activities
* Community loom project
* AIR market where previous ATW Artists in Residence will be showcasing hand made artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.


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 Cresside Collette
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018 10am to 4pmJOIN THE WAITLIST!

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 LIMITED SPOTS!

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 03 9699 7885 or


+ TheSir John Monash Centreofficially opened to the public on 24April 2018. Set on the grounds of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in northern France, and adjacent to theAustralian National Memorial, the Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia's storyof the Western Front. It is also home to theMorning Startapestry designed by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green woven at ATW in 2017.

+ The world-famousLady and the Unicorntapestries are showing in Australia for the first time attheArt 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 Artists in ResidenceBen Landau and Lucile Sciallano of Alterfact Studioare currently showing at theNGV Australiauntil July 2018. Their exhibitionOrnament is Finefeatures wildly decorative objectsmade possible by the advent of computer-aided design, 3D printing and robotics.

+ 2018 Artist in Residence Sai Wai Foo will be showing atTown Hall Galleryin Melbourne from 7 July - 26 August 2018 in the group exhibitionUnknown, Untitled. This exhibition brings together four contemporary artists to create new works in response to the Town Hall Gallery Collection.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceLizzy Sampsonis currently showing at theDolls House Galleryin Melbourne.Stone Ageis an exhibition of objects made and assembled after reading about how to determine the age of rock andcontinues until 1 June 2018.

+ 2013 Artist in ResidencePaul Yoreis currently showing at Bendigo Art Gallery as part of the group exhibitionNew Histories. Working collaboratively with Devon Ackerman under the artist name FAMILY FIRST, Yore has reimagined historic works from the Bendigo collection through a contemporary lens. The exhibition continues until July 29.

+ Our friends atGarland Magazinehave recently released their 10th issue, which focuses on Western Australia and the Indian Ocean as a region of cultural dialogue. For more information, visit thewebsite.'

+ Entries are now open for the 2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry. The prize is open to established artists working in the field of contemporary tapestry, and encourages ambitious and non-conventional applications of technique. Submissions are open until 11 January 2019. For more information about how to enter please visitthe website.

+ RebeccaJobson will be speaking at the inauguralSoul Craft Festival, to be held in North Melbourne Meat Market from9 - 10 June 2018. For further details about the festival and tickets clickhere.

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