Winners announced! 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects


The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) announced the recipients for the 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects that includes a prize pool of $10,000

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2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects Finalists


Australian Tapestry Workshop announces the 13 finalists for the 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects that includes a prize pool of $10,000. The prize invites architects to design a tapestry for a hypothetical site, which for the 2016 Prize is the Col Madigan designed National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

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John Wardle Architects’ hypothetical tapestry finds real home


John Wardle Architects’ winning design for the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s inaugural Tapestry Design Prize for Architects will be produced for the proposed Phoenix Gallery in Sydney.

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Life Burst Half-Way Mark Celebration


A special celebration was held at the ATW to mark the half-way point of Life Burst designed by John Olsen AO OBE. Life Burst is a magnificent tapestry commissioned for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to be located at the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Melbourne’s hospital precinct in Parkville.

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Australian Tapestry Workshop announces new Board Chair


The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) has announced the appointment of John Ridley as Board Chair following the retirement of Peter Williams. Peter was appointed to the ATW Board in 2002 and served as Chair from 2009.

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Celebrating our Patron's Birthday


ATW Patron Baillieu Myer AC continued the celebrations of his special birthday early in 2016 with an afternoon tea hosted by the Board and team of the ATW on 12 April.

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Visit from the Governor of Victoria


The ATW was delighted to welcome a visit from Her Excellency The Honorable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria on 12 April.

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ATW Friendraising Dinner


ATW Chair, Peter Williams and Director, Antonia Syme hosted a special dinner event for 50 guests on 6 April who enjoyed a unique dining experience in the ATW’s heritage listed building.

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The Making of Gordian Knot - Friends Lecture Series


Gordian Knot, is a unique and visually striking circular tapestry based on Turner Prize winning artist, Keith Tyson's original work. The tapestry measures 2.4 x 2.4m and took seven months to weave by ATW weavers Chris Cochius, Sue Batten, Pamela Joyce & Milena Paplinska. Presented by the Friends of the ATW, The Making of Gordian Knot, held at the ATW on March 17, provided an insight into the technical and creative challenges the ATW's artist weavers undertook in interpreting Keith's design. Project leader Chris Cochius and Head Weaver Sue Batten also spoke of their enjoyment of the opportunity to engage in an international collaboration with both the artist and the client based in the UK.

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A tribute to our Bobbin maker: Michael Perry – by Cresside Collette. 


A tribute to our Bobbin maker: Michael Perry – by Cresside Collette.  Last month I was shocked and surprised to learn that Michael is ill with leukaemia, and though he is involved in a brave fight, the long–term prospects are not good. And I started to think about his wonderful contribution to the world of tapestry weaving, the beautiful brass tipped bobbins that he engineered and has supplied to all of us since the 1980s, and the fact that he has very rarely been acknowledged in print for his skill and dedication.

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