Securing a bright future holds some significant financial challenges for the ATW; every year we need to raise 85% of our operating income.

We arejust over half-way to our target.

Help us reach our goal in these last daysof June by making a tax-deductible donation today!

In doing so, you willwill directly support the growth and outreach of the ATW by 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-training program, 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 hope you will consider donating to our GIVE AN INCH APPEAL.

Thursday 16 August| 6 - 8pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop,262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Free to attend. RSVP essential.

John Ridley AM, Chairman and Antonia Syme, Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, invite you to join our guest of honour MONA Founder, David Walsh AO, who will announce the winners of the international Tapestry Design Prize for Architects 2018 and officially open the exhibition of the finalists.

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects2018 invitedarchitects to design a tapestry for tienne-Louis Boulle’s hypothetical mooted building, Cenotaph for Newtown, that inspired the Pharos Wing, MONA, Tasmania, Australia.

Established in 2015 the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) challenges architects to explore the possibilities of tapestry and architecture through 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. The TDPA is the only international competition for architects to design for tapestry.

Exhibition continues until 26 October 2018. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am- 5pm.


By becoming a Friend of the ATW you will connect with our creative community and gain an inside view of the ATW's collaborative activities with leading Australian and international artists, designers and architects. Friends of the ATW also enjoy a great range of benefits including discounts, a complimentary copy of our annual magazine 'WOVEN', and special invitations.

Our friendship of the ATW subscription year starts on July 1st- so right now is the perfect time to join the Friends of the ATW. Visit the ATW website to find out more and join today.

Designer &Weaver: Justin Hill and weaverKarlie Hawking

Thursday23 August2018 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Tickets: Friends of the ATW $10 | General Admission $15

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is holding a lecture with special guest Singapore-based architect Justin Hill as part of the 2018Tapestry Design Prize for Architectson Thursday 23 August.

Justin Hill is the winner of the second Tapestry Design Prize for Architects with hisdesign22 Temenggong Road, Twilight.His design impressed the judging panel with the beautiful and intricate nature of the design concept, which is based on the architect’s personal experience of living in Singapore and the‘luminous blue of the short tropical twilight’.

Based in Singapore since 1981, Justin Hill is a leading international architect and a Director of the Kerry Hill Architects practices. He is also renowned stage designer who has worked on more than 30 major productions and designed several theatre venues across Australia and Asia.

22 Temenggong Road, Twilightis the first full-sized tapestry project undertaken by ATW weaver interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris. Following Justin's lecture, weaver Karlie Hawking will also speak of her experience working on this major project, and the process involved in translating this design into tapestry form.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Justin and Karlie in conversation, and hear from both the designer and the weaver about their collaboration


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 into 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.


Opening Thursday 2 August 2018| 6pm | Exhibition runs from 2 August to 26 September at Australian Design Centre,101/113-115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Free entry

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.


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.


Tuesday 28 August |11am - 12:30 pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Free admission for Friends of the ATW. RSVPessential.

TheFriends Reading Circleat Australian Tapestry Workshop is a freebook club forFriends of the ATW. We meetto discuss books that broadlycover 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 ATW and current tapestries and exhibitions at ATW. Light refreshments are provided.

This session's book is'In Praise of Shadows' by Junichiro Tanizaki.This influential text on Japanese aesthetics has been widely praised since its publication in 1933 for its insight and relevance into issues of built space, architecture and modernity.


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 Joy Smith
Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018 10am to 4pm JOIN THE WAITLIST

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 LIMITED SPACES

For more information, contact the ATW on 03 9699 7885 or


+ TheSir John Monash Centrewasopenedon 24April 2018 by the 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 the wonderfulMorning 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 complexcircular tapestry ison view in the Redmond Barry Reading Room at the State Library.

+John Wardle Architectsis currently exhibiting at the2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Theinstallation titledSomewhere Otherinvites visitors to look through a series of portalsthat 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.

+ A number of ATW former Artists in Residenceare exhibiting in theWangaratta Art Gallery Petite Miniature Textiles Exhibition 2018. Artists include Fleur Brett (2013 AIR), Clementine Barnes (2016 AIR), Chris O'Brien (2017 AIR) and Melanie Irwin (2018 AIR). The exhibition continues until 19 August and is accompanied by a number of related public programs. For further detailsclick here.

+ 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 Residence Bronwyn Hack and 2017 Artist in Residence Chris O'Brien are currently exhibiting atArts Projectsas part of the group exhibitionAuto Body Works.Curated by Patrice Sharkey, Director ofWestspace, the exhibition explores bodies and skin.Auto Body Workscloses on 21 July.

+ 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 ResidenceAnna Dunnillwill be presenting a solo exhibition atFELTspacein Adelaide.A Kind of Collective Breathingopens on 4th July and continues until 21st July.

+ 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.

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