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The ATW is delighted to again be partnering with the State Library of Victoria. A tapestry designed by Juan Davila has been commissioned in celebration of the centenary of the dome. The new work, will complement the 2011 tapestry designed by Ben McKeown and woven by ATW weavers Milly Formby, Pamela Joyce, Milena Paplinska and Emma Sulzer.

Juan Davila, who was born in Chile and has lived in Australia since 1974, has exhibited extensively both here and abroad, including at the Sydney Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennial and Documenta. Among the many public collections that hold his works are the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).

Davila doesn’t like to talk much about his work, but says the ‘sorry’ is meant as an optimistic statement, to think about moving forward together, and the bright colour palette reflects the uplifting sentiment. Never having worked in the tapestry medium, he created the artwork after discussions with ATW Director Antonia Syme and senior weaver Sue Batten about the process of translating a design into a work of tapestry. He is interested in the collaborative nature of the project, and is a frequent visitor to the ATW during the weaving process.

[Photographs by John Brash, John Gollings & Jeremy Weihrauch]