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'The royal Harvest'
DESIGNED BY NAOMI HOBSON
ON THE LOOM
‘Wurundjeri Biik, yalinguth, yalingbu, yirramboi’
designed by Mandy Nicholson
ON THE LOOM
'Hear the Plant Song'
designed by Janet Laurence
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Transforiming Tapestry
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Our Story

Since 1976, the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) has built a worldwide reputation for the creation of contemporary tapestries in collaboration with living artists and architects. Over 44 years we have woven more than 500 tapestries – these now hang proudly in significant public and private collections nationally and internationally.

We are unique to Australia, and one of only a few workshops remaining in the world dedicated to hand-weaving contemporary tapestries. In creative partnerships, contemporary artists and architects working in a broad scope of art forms, challenge our tapestry weavers to experiment with interpretation, colour and technique as well as work with our specialist dyer to create new yarn tones. Tapestries known for their vibrancy and technical accomplishment are our hallmark and have established our position as a centre of excellence and innovation.

We welcome enquiries about tapestry commissions and sales.

The Australian Tapestry Workshop acknowledges Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, work and create. We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge that this website contains the names and artworks of deceased Indigenous people.

Visitor Information + COVID-19 Update

Following the latest public health directions from the Victorian Government, the ATW will reopen to the public from Tuesday 10 November 2020.

We offer 2 viewing sessions each capped at 4 attendees Tuesday to Friday:
Session 1: 11 am – 12.30 pm
Session 2: 1.30 pm – 3 pm

We ask that you plan ahead and book your visit in advance. You can secure a viewing session by emailing us at contact@austapestry.com.au or calling the ATW on (03) 9699 7885.

To ensure your visit is safe and stress-free we have implemented a range of hygiene and physical-distancing measures, including limiting the number of visitors during each viewing session and providing temperature checks upon entry. Please note that the wearing of a facial mask that covers both the mouth and nose is mandatory in the state of Victoria. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask please let ATW staff know when you make your booking.

SUMMER CLOSURE NOTICE:
Visitors: The ATW will close to visitors from 5pm Friday 18 December 2020, and reopens from 10am Tuesday 12 January 2021.
Yarn store: Online and phone orders must be placed 5pm Thursday 17 December 2020 to guarantee dispatch prior to Christmas. Online and phone order fulfillments will resume 9am Monday 4 January 2021.
Tapestry sales: Tapestry sales will remain available by appointment only until 5pm Wednesday 23 December 2020. To arrange an appointment please contact the ATW via contact@austapestry.com.au or phone (03) 9699 7885.

Commission a tapestry

Commissioning an ATW tapestry is an exciting and immersive experience. Throughout you and your guests are welcome to visit the ATW, meet the artist and weavers, and see your tapestry grow on the loom.
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Shop

Purchase from our range of 368 colours of pure wool tapestry yarn which is dyed onsite. We also have a great range a range of weaving supplies to suit a variety of skills and ages as well as publications and greetings cards.
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What's On

We host a vibrant range of public programs including talks, exhibitions, artists in residence as well as cultural and community activities in our beautiful heritage building.
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Support the ATW

Whether it is through a donation, a partnership, a bequest or by becoming a volunteer or friend of the ATW, your generous support is vital.
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