Australian Tapestry Workshop Reviews
Visitors are able to watch weavers at work on current commissions. There is an elevated viewing area which gives an overall view of the workshops. An information sheet on the work being made is availa... more »
If you want to see how the great tapestries of the world have been created then this is a must visit. Incredible works of art that are commissioned and woven here. Coveted by individuals, corporations... more »
The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is regarded as an international centre of excellence for innovative, contemporary, hand-woven tapestries, created in collaboration with leading artists, architects & designers. Established in 1976, it is the only workshop of its kind in Australia and one of a few in the world dedicated to the production of hand-woven tapestries. Using the same techniques employed in Europe since the 15th century, the ATW's skilled weavers work with artists from Australia and overseas to produce tapestries that are known for their vibrancy, technical accomplishment and inventive interpretation. The Australian Tapestry Workshop is one of Australia’s leading producers of public art and has produced more than 500 contemporary hand-woven tapestries using the finest Australian wool sourced from suppliers who use best practice in agricultural sustainability. The yarn is dyed onsite by a specialist dyer who creates a palette of over 370 colours. 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. As resurgence in the art of contemporary tapestry continues to grow worldwide, the ATW remains deeply committed to its role as an international leader. This means pushing new boundaries creatively and engaging the public more broadly. The ATW embraces the philosophy of shared creative endeavour. The ATW was founded on the principle of collaboration and interaction between artist, weaver and dyer. This collaborative approach has been skilfully developed by the ATW to the highest professional level, and is maintained as a constantly evolving creative process, which gives the ATW a distinct vitality and strength. The ATW is a small institution that has survived difficult economic conditions in the sector of the Visual Arts and Craft. It has achieved both creative and commercial success, excelling in the highest cost end of the market, both in Australia and overseas and it has done so without compromising its artistic excellence and world-class reputation. ATW tapestries can be found across Australia at leading institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Library, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and many other cultural institutions, as well as at prominent government locations including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. ATW tapestries are also held in many corporate and private collections, and appear internationally, including in nine Australian embassies worldwide. Many notable Australian and international artists and architects have collaborated with ATW weavers including Arthur Boyd, Jorn Utzon, Patrick Heron, Sally Smart, Jon Cattapan, John Olsen, Frank Stella, David Noonan, Juan Davila, Chicks on Speed, John Wolseley, Imants Tillers, Angela Brennan, Judy Watson, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Roger Kemp, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Brent Harris, Brook Andrew, Bronwyn Bancroft, Gulammohammed Sheik, and John Young. The ATW produces an active schedule of exhibitions and public programs including public lectures, weaving classes, tours, and an Artist in Residence program. It has run programs for primary school children, women, refugees, and hospitals, all produced with limited resources. It has forged international collaborations, such as a weaver exchange and exhibition program with Dovecot Studios (UK). Projects and programs are accessible nationally and internationally on our website and social media. The ATW has toured exhibitions to the USSR, the USA, Turkey, Germany, France, Denmark, Japan, India, the UK, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. Its tapestries are now represented in many corporate collections throughout the world, as well as many public art and private collections in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the USA and UK.
Attended the Kate Derum/Irene Davies Small Tapestry exhibition here. Easy to find, although a lack of staff in the shop front. However they're just through the doorway at the rear of thr shopfront, and will see you. This is a working tapestry studio so you can catch a glimpse of the weavers at work in the back. You are also able to purchase the studios own tapestry wool for your next project, as well as books, calendars and postcards plus tapestry tools. Gallery is small but bright and airy, and is also visible through the front window.
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