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Transforming Tapestry: Annual Appeal

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The events of 2020 highlighted the immense fragility of the arts sector and the power philanthropy has to protect, nurture and transform it. We are hopeful that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, but significant challenges remain.

Last year, the tremendous generosity shown by Transforming Tapestry Annual Appeal donors helped us overcome the obstacles of the COVID19 pandemic. We adapted our program and operations, retained our highly skilled weaving team and staff, and continued to support a broad scope of artists, musicians and craftspeople.

Securing a bright future for the ATW involves big financial challenges. Each year, we need to raise nearly 70% of our annual operating income. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many vital income streams – we need your help now more than ever!

We hope you will consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2021.


How to donate to the Transforming Tapestry Annual Appeal

Online:

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Phone:

Call the ATW on +61 3 9699 7885 during business hours and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

For donations of $10,000 and over:

If you can make a donation of $10,000 or more, thank you! We can receive it by cheque or direct deposit. Please contact us on +61 3 9699 7885 or email Josephine Briginshaw, Development Coordinator on jbriginshaw@austapestry.com.au to make arrangements.

Donations to the Australian Tapestry Workshop Fund of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Weaving Futures

The ambition to create tapestries of excellence is a constant pursuit. Each time we warp up the loom, your passion for this unique art form helps us to break new ground. Donor supported commissions engage our highly skilled weaving team in transformative creative partnerships.

In 2020, bold philanthropic support led us to establish ‘Weaving Futures’ – a COVID-19 response initiative that gave 15 artists from around Australia urgently needed financial support to create new work.

Through this rare opportunity, the artists discovered the medium of contemporary tapestry – wholeheartedly embracing it to explore ideas and expand their practices. By re-imagining our usual commissioning process, an inspiring portfolio of ‘loom ready’ tapestry designs emerged.

Further support enabled us to bring to our looms tapestry designs by ‘Weaving Futures’ artists Atong Atem, Troy Emery, Eugenia Lim and Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara). Weavers Pamela Joyce, Emma Sulzer, Tim Gresham and Amy Cornall are thriving, collaborating with these creatives at the forefront of Australian contemporary art. The result is a suite of new tapestries brimming with artistic vision, innovation and technical excellence.

Your support will help us keep pushing artistic boundaries. Together we can weave creative futures!

Learning and Engagement.

Through training programs, hands-on workshops and residencies, we share knowledge, pass on skills and provide insight into the fascinating processes involved in creating contemporary tapestries.

Weaver Training

We provide our weavers with opportunities to advance their skills and share them with the next generation. The ATW’s in-house training program provides creative career pathways for emerging tapestry talent taught by Australia’s leading weavers.

Artists in Residence

We offer artists and craftspeople working in any medium, and at any stage of their career, the chance to invigorate their practice in our world-renowned residency program. Each year, artists in residence immerse themselves in our vibrant studio – exchanging knowledge and skills with our tapestry weavers and engaging with local communities.

Community Enrichment

As a creative centre of national significance, we are a contributor to cultural life. Each year, we deliver an active public program of talks, events, guided tours, open days, prizes and awards and tapestry classes. We provide public access to our inspiring Australian wool yarn palette of 368 colours – all dyed in our Colour Laboratory. Our galleries feature curated exhibitions of tapestries, textiles and contemporary art from Australia and around the world.

Your support will help us keep the ATW – Australia’s most comprehensive tapestry studio – open for everyone to discover and enjoy!

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