Applications for the 2020 Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence Program will open on 2 August 2019. 

The Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence program invites artists to immerse themselves in a unique studio environment. Our mission is to ensure that this traditional art form and our specialist creative skills are kept alive and thriving in Australia through active collaboration with contemporary artists.  

The ATW Artist in Residence program provides artists with the opportunity to share studio space with our master weavers and create new work in our spacious, light-filled heritage building in South Melbourne. 

The ATW Artist in Residence program encourages the exchange of knowledge and skills between contemporary artists and ATW weavers and staff; provides artists with a platform for professional development and public engagement and fosters creative exchange and collaboration.



  • Artists can work at the ATW from 2 to a maximum of 8 weeks, full or part-time, from January – December 2020.
  • Artists working in any medium - not just the visual arts or textile-based practice - and at any stage of their career can undertake a residency.
  • Artists will be given a working space at the ATW, reasonable use and access to ATW yarn and equipment, and will be paid to deliver a public talk with other residents about their practice and residency experience. 
  • There is no expected artistic output for the residency; it can be used as an experimental/research period.
  • Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit at ATW the following year as part of the annual AIR exhibition.
  • Interstate and international artists are welcome to apply, and are encouraged to apply for the AIR Scholarship to support their residency.
  • The number of artists selected is usually 8–10, depending on the quality of applications and requested length of residencies.

AIR SCHOLARSHIP – Supported by the City of Port Phillip

The AIR Scholarship is open to international, interstate and regional* Victorian artists to support accommodation costs when undertaking a residency at ATW. This scholarship provides up to $3000 of accommodation within the City of Port Phillip (covers approximately 3-4 weeks of a residency).

*Regional Victoria regions include Hume, Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Grampians, Gippsland and Barwon South West.


We were well supported throughout and felt welcome at ATW. The highlight of the whole experience was meeting with and sharing space with the other AIRs, staff and weavers. There was such an amazing culture and energy, which spurred lots of new and exciting work.
Alterfact, 2018 (Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau)

In this residency program, I have gained an opportunity to engage with a new creative community, to be exposed to a contemporary practice of a historical image-making, to recontextualise my methods of art-making, and to experiment new works and new ideas. It was luxury to be given a free space and time to contemplate without a particular inquiry of outcomes. ATW is an inclusive and creative space to work in. 
Siying Zhou, 2018

The ATW residency was an important personal experience and a real highlight for my development as an artist. As I work alone from my home studio the residency afforded new contacts and opportunities with the possibility of dialogue with artists and the extended community. The culture and distinctiveness of the ATW undoubtedly influenced my practice, setting a new precedent in the way that I work and approach my art life, I am truly grateful for the opportunity.  
Simone Kennedy, 2018

It was so encouraging for me to be surrounded by people with similar interests and approaches to art, craft, and creativity as well as other issues, such as politics and current affairs. I felt very welcome during my residency and I felt confident to participate in group discussions as well as having meaningful and stimulating conversations with the other AIRs and the ATW staff. I feel confident that I will remain a member of the ATW community. 
Melanie Irwin, 2018

Please complete the online application form at the bottom of this page. 

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria by a selection panel including:

Antonia Syme, ATW Director 

Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM, School of Art, Architecture & Design,
University of South Australia, ATW Board of Directors and tapestry weaver

John Young, artist


  1. Artistic Merit: Strength of the artists practice and potential for artistic growth and professional development
  2. Proposal: Viability of the proposed project and the artist’s capacity to achieve these outcomes
  3. Engagement: The artist has the ability to introduce the ATW to new artistic ideas, audiences and education or public program outcomes

We suggest writing your application in a word document then pasting it when you are ready to submit.

You will be required to provide:

  • Contact information
  • Preferred residency timeframe and duration
  • Brief statement about your practice (200 words)
  • Brief statement on why you want to do a residency at ATW (200 words)
  • Brief description of what you propose to do during the residency (200 words)
  • If eligible for the AIR Scholarship, why this would be beneficial to you (200 words)
  • 1 page CV (PDF)
  • Up to 5 support images (JPEG) – these can be indicative of previous work, exhibitions, or proposed work for the residency

Applications will close on Monday 7 October at 5pm. Artists will be selected by a selection panel including. All successful applicants will be notified after Monday 17 December 2018. If you have any questions please get in touch at


  • Please note that we are not able to offer comprehensive training in tapestry weaving as part of the residency. If artists are interested in learning tapestry we suggest they enrol in one of our classes prior to the residency.
  • Artists will have access to allocated ATW yarn and equipment. If artists wish to use additional materials or purchase additional ATW yarn, costs will apply.
  • ATW is accessible Monday to Friday 9 am – 5pm. Artists undertaking their residency will only be able to access the workshop during these times.
  • Artists are advised read the ‘About Us’ section on the ATW website before writing their application.