David Noonan returns


For a short time only, two tapestries by acclaimed artist David Noonan will be on view at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Untitled 2009, which has just returned home after touring the UK for 15 months as a part of the influential British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, can be viewed together with an exciting new work that is currently in progress on the loom.

Seen by over 425,000 people during its tour of Nottingham, London, Glasgow and Plymouth, Untitled 2009 was well received by critics and the public alike.

Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Antonia Syme says that having this work included in such an influential exhibition has promoted the extraordinary artistry of the Workshop’s weavers, and highlighted the breadth of possibilities in contemporary tapestry.

“The prominence of contemporary tapestries on an international stage is demonstrated by West Dean’s recent commission of four Tracey Emin tapestries and the recent ground-breaking exhibition at the Cini Foundation, Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images, during the 2011 Venice Biennale, which featured tapestries by Grayson Perry and Craigie Horsfield amongst others,” she says.

Due to the success of its first collaboration with Noonan, the Australian Tapestry Worksop is working with the celebrated artist on another tapestry, which will be exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair in August 2012.

The latest project, Untitled 2012, which measures 2m x 1.63m, will exist only as a tapestry and the original digital image. The image is composed of two layers: the face and a superimposed layer of Japanese Boro textiles fashioned from stitched-together rags of previously dyed and bleached fabric. It relates to a body of works in which Noonan utilises a personal archive of found images to create a hand-screened, collaged work on linen.

“David is a world-renowned artist and his works challenge audiences to consider tapestry beyond the accepted norms.

“Our second collaboration with him reinforces this growing trend of leading artists working in tapestries and reaffirms Australia as a centre for producing world-class works,” says Syme.

Untitled 2009 is on display at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne only until February 28, before it moves to a private collection. This is a rare opportunity to view the two David Noonan tapestries together.

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is located at 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne and is open from Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.

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