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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The ATW hosts International Gallerist - Pearl Lam


The ATW was delighted to welcome Pearl Lam, gallerist and the founder and director of Pearl Lam Galleries, on her recent visit to Melbourne. With galleries in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Pearl Lam is recognized as a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene, exhibiting Asian and Western art and design.

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Vale Tina Kane - Textile Conservator


We mourn the loss of Tina Kane who recently passed away after suffering from a motor neurone disease. The ATW honours Tina's contribution to the world of tapestry conservation.

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Tapestry Design Prize for Architects - Sydney Exhibition Launch


The exhibition of finalists in the National Tapestry Design Prize for Architects toured to Sydney in August for a special exhibition at Stylecraft's Darlinghurst showroom. Proud sponsors of the exhibition, Stylecraft are a leading provider of original, contemporary designed furniture with six showrooms around Australia and Singapore.

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ATW a finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards


The ATW is thrilled to have the beautiful tapestry, Everything has two witnesses, one on earth and one in the sky, 2014, designed by Sangeeta Sandrasegar and woven by Sue Batten a finalist in the inaugural Victorian Craft Awards. The winners were announced at the launch of Craft Victoria's Craft Cubed on Saturday 1st August. You can vote for our tapestry in the People's Choice Award via

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Open House Melbourne Weekend


On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July the ATW opened its doors to welcome more than 650 visitors as part of the annual Open House Melbourne Weekend. Open House Weekend provides an opportunity to showcase buildings of significance, such as the ATW, in a free and accessible format. The Weekend invites people to explore outstanding houses, buildings and infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate Melbourne's rich history, and reflect how we live and work, while also offering insights into the future of the city.

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Modern-day tapestries allow rich collaboration - article by Ray Edgar in Fairfax media


"Nomadic murals" architect Le Corbusier called tapestries. Originally used in medieval baronial manors as room dividers to warm the giant cold stone spaces, tapestries were dragged around so often their bottom edges had to be constantly repaired. They served another purpose, of course. In case the baronial pile wasn't sufficiently showy, the tapestry attested to its owner's wealth. This labour-intensive artform has always been costly.

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