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Rufiji River from Mbuyuni Camp, Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania

The Austalian Tapestry Workshop has woven its way into history, becoming the first to translate an artwork by HRH The Prince of Wales into a unique tapestry.

The tapestry was commissioned by Mr Tony Beddison AO after a visit from HRH Prince of Wales to the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2012. His Royal Highness was enchanted by the skills of our weavers and the vibrant colours of our Australian wool. His Royal Highness expressed a desire to see what our weavers would be able to do with one of his original artworks and of course the Australian Tapestry Workshop was most honoured to complete this commission.

During his visit His Royal Highness was very interested in the fact that tapestry is an ancient and traditional art form being continued by the ATW in a very contemporary way. He was also intrigued by the fact that we have an expert dyer on the team so we’re keeping the art of dyeing alive as well.

As Patron of the Campaign for Wool His Royal Highness was very interested in the fact that our Australian wool product can be traced back to the farmer and we have a strong commitment to sustainable and humane animal practices.

HRH Prince Charles has combined his love of the environment with his passion for painting through the art of watercolour.

The Premier of Victoria The Hon Dr Denis Napthine and Mr Beddison AO cut off the completed tapestry during a ceremony at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in the 14th of May 2014.

Please click here to read the Premiers' Press Release

Images:
Rufiji River from Mbuyuni Camp, Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania' designed by HRH The Prince of Wales, woven by Pamela Joyce and Chris Cochius, 2014. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.
The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine and ATW Weavers Pamela Joyce and Chris Cochius. Photo by Herald Sun.
The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine speaks at the ATW. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.
From left to right, Mrs Robyn Baillieu, Mr Tony Beddison AO, Mrs Robyn Beddison OAM, The Hon Ted Baillieu MP, The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine. Photo by Herald Sun.
From left to right, Mrs Robyn Beddison OAM, The Hon Ted Baillieu MP, Premier Denis Napthine. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.
Mr Tony Beddison AO and The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine cut off the tapestry assisted by ATW Weavers Sue Batten and Chris Cochius. Photo by Herald Sun.
The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine talks to ATW weaver Sue Batten with Andrea Coote MP & Peter Williams Chair of ATW Board of Directors. Photo by Herald Sun.
Project commissioner Mr Tony Beddison AO, The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine and ATW Director Antonia Syme, in background, Andrew Abbott, Director of Arts Victoria & Peter Williams Chair of ATW Board of Directors. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.
From left to right: Mayor of Port Phillip Amanda Stevens, The Hon Ted Baillieu MP, The Hon Premier Dr Denis Napthine. Photo by Herald Sun.
From left to right: Mrs Robyn Baillieu, Mr Tony Beddison AO, Mrs Robyn Beddison OAM.Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.