You have just two weeks left to submit your entries for the2018 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects. The prize is open to Australian and International architects, with a combined prize pool totalling $10,000.Entries must close on 15 June 2018 at 5pm AEST.

Now isthe time to get your designs together, and to respond to David Walsh's challenging brief to design a tapestryfor tienne-Louis Boulle’s mooted building that inspired thePharos Wing, MONA, Tasmania, Australia. Click here toread David Walsh's brief and find out more about theTDPA 2018 here.

And if you are looking for inspiration, why don't you read about the previous prize winnersJohn Wardle Architects (2015)andJustin Hill (2016)?Or have a look through our online catalogue offeatured tapestriesto see what can be done with the tapestry form.

The TDPA 2018 is a partnership between theAustralian Tapestry Workshop, theMuseum of Old and New Art (MONA)andArchitecture Media.


It is astonishing that the Australian Tapestry Workshop has thrived so far away from the long-established European centres of tapestries. Yet here we are, 41 years on, weaving monumental contemporary works, known worldwide for their technical accomplishment, vibrancy, collaborative approach and innovation. The steadfast generosity and enthusiastic support of those who believe in us – is crucial to our success and survival.

Your donation to the GIVE AN INCH APPEAL will directly support the work of the ATW helping us to:

  • Increase the number of tapestries on our looms; enabling us to create jobs within our unique organisation, pursue innovation and excellence and continue to collaborate with artists, architects and designers to create contemporary tapestries for public spaces worldwide.

  • Pass on the tradition and craftsmanship of tapestry weaving through our weaver-trainingprogram, enabling master weavers to pass their skills down to the next generation.

  • Remain an energised social space where people can engage with tapestry, textiles and contemporary art through our artistic, cultural and community programs.

We know you care about the work of the ATW and appreciate the time, skill and focus it takes to weave one of our timeless tapestries. Wehope you will consider donating to our GIVE AN INCH APPEAL. In doing so, you will actively play a part in keeping the art of contemporary handmade tapestry alive and thriving in Australia.

Donations to the Give an Inch appeal via the Tapestry Foundation of Australia of $2 and over are tax deductible.


It is with great sadness that we farewell our Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman Arnold Hancock OBE who passed away recently.

Arnold's visionary thinking, his passionate and unstinting commitment to the ATW over fourdecades and his gentle diplomacy and sagacity will be deeply missed by the staff and the Board of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Our deepest condolences to Pat and the Hancock family

The following text is adapted from Sue Walker's essay in the book Many Hands: The First 40 Years of the Australian Tapestry Workshop:

Arnold Hancock OBE has been a towering figure in the history of the ATW. His first formal contact with the workshop was in 1984 when, as the newly appointed chairman of the State Bank of Victoria, he became involved in commissioning a large tapestry for the bank.

Following on from that commission he encouraged the initiation of many further commissions and attracted generous support for the ATW through his enthusiastic advocacy.

He served as a board member from 1987 to 2001 and Chair from 1989 – 1993.Hancock’s great strength lay in his understanding of the workshop’s position as a business in the arts and the critical need to sensitively balance commercial reality with artistic excellence. He understood absolutely the threats to the workshop’s existence in a world where labour-intensive industries struggled to break even and survive.

Hancock’s visionary thinking resulted in some far-reaching initiatives. He recognised the need for a foundation that could act as a tax-deductible conduit for donations. He set about establishing the TFA. From June 1995 until June 2003 he chaired the foundation and he remained a trustee until 2007. He instituted the Hancock Fellowship with a donation he received when he retired from his official duties with the Myer family companies. Every two years this enables the workshop to enrich its activities by bringing an international artist or scholar to lecture or participate with the weavers.

Together with Gordon Darling, Hancock initiated a scheme to place ATW tapestries in Australian diplomatic posts overseas. Unable at that time to win support from Australian government sources, he raised money from private donors, including Darling and others, for the weaving of the first of nine tapestries from the work of Indigenous artists that are hanging in our posts overseas.

Through these initiatives and many more Hancock has added richly to the success and longevity of the ATW and helped to take it down unexpected paths. His personal interest in art, his extensive management experience, his visionary mind, his sensitive diplomacy and exceptional generosity of spirit and excitement have all contributed profoundly to Australian tapestry.


Sydney-siderswill soon to be able to see the magnificentTreasure Hunttapestryas part of a forthcoming exhibitionPainting with Threadat theAustralian Design Centrein August!

Painting with Threadis an exhibition of recent tapestries and samples from the collection of the Australian Tapestry Workshop. The exhibition will offer a glimpse into the processes of tapestry production by weavers at ATW from design, sampling, to weaving and completion. The selection of tapestries and samplesemphasise the experimental and innovative approaches to contemporary tapestry production, as well as a diversity of recent projects and collaborations at ATW.

Painting with Threadwillopenon Thursday 2August. A panel talkUnravelling Tapestry: Contemporary and Historical Perspectiveswillfollow on Saturday 2 August with ATW Director Antonia Syme, artist Janet Laurence, and additional speakers to be confirmed.


Gareth Sansom's tapestryFamily Trust(1990)is currently on display at ATW in our Park Street Gallery. This majortapestry was most recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the artist's major retrospective exhibitionTransformer.

In Sansom's signature style,Family Trustis a vivid tapestrybrimming with contorted, spewing faces with disembodied eyes, all writhing in a patchworked pattern. The image is claustrophobic, packed with energy and agitated movement, and layered motifs jostling for attention.

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 or


Saturday 28 July | 10am - 4pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop,262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
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 bothgallery spaces, studio floor and the mezzaninewith a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at ATW, and also to meet some of our weavers and Artists-in-Residence.

Other highlights of the day include:
* Free guided tours of the building at 10:30 am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
* All day drop-in kids weaving activities
* Community loom project


The popular AIR market, featuring previous and current ATW Artists in Residence also returns to Open House 2018with stalls showcasing handmade artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics by:
*Carolyn Cardinet(2018 AIR)
*Anna Dunnill(2016 AIR)
*Sai-Wai Foo(2018 AIR)
*Emma Greenwood(2017 AIR)
*KyokoImazu(2013 AIR)
*Vicki Mason(2014 AIR)
*Cat Rabbit(2015 AIR)

Current Artist-in-ResidenceRute Chaveswill also be demonstrating her TRICOTAUTOMAT project, which invites participants to get their photo taken and have it knitted live and in real time.


Tuesday 21 August2018 | 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 Residence Chloe Bensahel, Martina Copley and Sai-Wai Footo hear about their artistic practices, as well their experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

This event is part of Craft Cubed Festival 2018.


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.


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.


ATW is delighted to welcomeAmelia Dowling to the role of Front of House! Amelia joined the team in May, and will job sharing with Josephine Mead.

Amelia is a practicing textile artist andarts professional with experience working in arts education, family programming and visitor services. She has a Masters in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Australian National Universityanda Bachelor in Design (Fashion Design) at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Throughout her career, Amelia has worked in a number of arts institutions including ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne,National Portrait Gallery,National Gallery of Australia and theAustralian War Memorial.


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 bequick!

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

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 June 2018 10am to 4pmBOOK NOW

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018 10am to 4pm LIMITED SPOTS!

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!

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 email


+ TheSir John Monash Centrewasopenedon 24April 2018 by Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. 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 in the First World War. It is also home to theMorning Startapestry designed by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green woven at ATW in 2017 by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton.

+ TheGordian Knottapestry designed by British artistKeith Tysonand woven by ATW master weavers Chris Cochius, Sue Batten, Pamela Joyce andMilena Paplinska has been donatedto theState Library of Victoriaby Elizabeth Murdoch. This stunning circular tapestry is currently on view in the Redmond Barry Reading Room at the State Library.

+ 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.

+John Wardle Architectsis currently exhibiting at the2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Their installation titledSomewhere Otherinvites visitors to look through a series of portraits that will transport them from Italy to Australia and back again. This work evolved from John Wardle’s 2015 prize winning entry to theTapestry Design Prize for ArchitectstitledPerspectives on a Flat Surface. A proposition to physically realise the abstract space of this tapestry proved the initial inspiration for this installation.

+ 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.

+ 2018 Artist in ResidenceBritt Saltis exhibiting atBLINDSIDEas part of the group exhibitionBeyond the Veil. Curated by Jake Treacy,Beyond The Veilseeks to expand and transform the perceptions, traditions and experiences of the white cube as an exhibition model. The exhibition continues until 16 June 2018.

+ 2017 Artist in ResidenceCarly Snoswellis leading a weaving workshopatACE Openin Adelaide on Saturday 1 July. Using techniques that Carly learnt during her 2017 residency at ATW, this hands-on workshop will focus on the use of unconventional materials in textile practice.For further details and ticketsclick here.

+ 2016 Artist in ResidenceRamona Barry (of HANDMADELIFE)is currently leading theCraft Lab+atBundoora Homestead Art Centrefrom 19 May to 29 July. Craft Lab+ is free to attend and welcomes participants working inknitting,macram, quilting, embroidery, tapestry, patchwork, felting or any other textile based craft.All works created will be part of the exhibition to be shown in the galleries from 21 June to 29 July.

+ 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.

+ 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.

+ ATW's RebeccaJobson will be speaking at the inauguralSoul Craft Festival, to be held in North Melbourne Meat Market from9 - 10 June 2018. ATW's Sophia Cai will also be curating an exhibition at the Festival. For further details about the festival and tickets clickhere.

+ ATW's Amelia Dowling will be exhibiting atBrunswick Street Galleryfrom 13 - 26 June 2018 with a solo exhibition titledSoft Tissue. The exhibition features embroidery, collage and text to explore ideas of vulnerability, materiality, memory and personal narrative. The exhibition opens on Friday 15 June from 6-pm.

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