ATW AIR 2015 Exhibition Opening


On Tuesday 23 February the ATW celebrated the opening of ATW AIR 2015, a special exhibition features works from 10 diverse and exciting Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop during 2015. Guests received the first viewing of the exhibition and the opportunity to meet the featured artists: Rebekah Archer, Gabrielle New, Phil Ferguson aka Chiliphilly, Yufang Chi, Cat Rabbit, Nicholas Chilvers, Lisa Hilli & Eddy Carol, Nina Magee, and Megan McPherson. We thank our corporate sponsors Shadowfax Wines and Two Birds Brewing for the lovely wines and craft beer served on the night.

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Weaving into Wellbeing - Dialysis Unit at Warrnambool Base Hospital


Weaving into Wellbeing. The ATW is currently running a 10 week weaving program for patients in the Dialysis Unit at Warrnambool Base Hospital in South West Victoria. Patients have been occupied whilst having their dialysis treatment by learning basic weaving skills from master weaver Marie Cook. The program promotes the therapeutic and creative benefits of weaving with participants creating their own hand-woven christmas angels!

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2016 Artists in Residence Announced


2016 Artists in Residence Announced. The Artist in Residence program invites artists to immerse themselves in the unique studio environment of the ATW. Artists will be given a working space at the ATW, use of ATW yarn & equipment and will be paid to deliver a public talk at the ATW. This year we received a record number of 79 applications for the Artist in Residence program. The selection panel found the task of choosing 16 artists very challenging as the quality of applications was so high.

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ATW Christmas Party


The ATW celebrated another wonderful year in the art of contemporary tapestry at the ATW Christmas Party held on December 10. We were honoured to have Emeritus Trustee Arnold Hancock join us on the night, who along with Trustees of the Tapestry Foundation of Australia Trustees and ATW Board members welcomed more than 60 of all our valued donors and supporters who all enjoyed the festive spirit of the evening in our unique studio environment. The intriguing work Gordian Knot and Bush Foods designed by Sheena Wilfred were both On the Looms for guests to admire up close and there was plenty of festive fare and joyful conversations.

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2015 Emerald Hill Festival


The Emerald Hill Festival is an annual celebration of the diverse local community in the Emerald Hill Cultural Precinct in and around Bank and Perrins Streets, South Melbourne. Visitors enjoyed over free 50 events and activities including live performances, music, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, heritage tours, family activities and international food and dance.

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ATW Friends Lecture Series: Tea & Textiles - Cresside Collette on Sri Lankan Textiles


Cresside Collette will share her knowledge of the country of her birth and her recent explorations of its textile history.

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2015 Melbourne Festival - Haydn Unpicked


On Saturday 17 October the ATW welcomed France's acclaimed Modigliani Quartet as part the Melbourne Festival. More than 80 guests enjoyed the ATW's unique studio environment providing wonderful acoustics and a magnificent backdrop of tapestries on the looms for Modigliani's performance of Haydn Unpicked.

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ATW brings world renowned Japanese textile artist to Melbourne


The ATW was delighted to bring the 2015 Hancock Fellow, world-renowned textile artist Reiko Sudo to Melbourne this October.

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Reiko Sudo workshops: A lesson in Japanese textile & design


2015 Hancock Fellow, founder and artistic producer of NUNO Corporation Reiko Sudo, shared her vast creative and technical expertise at two special workshops held at the ATW.

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2015 Kate Derum Award winner announced


New Zealand artist, Marilyn Rea-Menzieshas been announced the winner of this year’s Kate Derum Award for small tapestries. The Kate Derum Award is open to Australian and international artists at any stage in their career, for hand-woven tapestries with a maximum size of 30x30cm. Marilyn’s intriguing tapestry, Doll was selected from a shortlist of 41 original works including Australian artists Chris Cochius and Cheryl Thornton, who both received high commendations from the judges.

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