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Transforming Tapestry: Annual Appeal


Our 2020 Transforming Tapestry Annual Appeal launches in a time of unprecedented and critical need for the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to close our galleries and shop and reduced vital income streams, including from guided tours, tapestry weaving classes and yarn sales. Implementing necessary social distancing practices at our looms has drastically reduced our weaving capacity. With only 20% of our annual operating income received from the government – we need your help now more than ever!

We are unique to Australia, and one of only a few remaining workshops in the world dedicated to handweaving contemporary tapestries in collaboration with artists and architects. Through the creation of more than 500 tapestries, we have established a national and international reputation for innovation and excellence. It is only with your support that the ATW will emerge from this extraordinarily challenging time with stability and strength.

We hope you will consider donating to the ATW in 2020. Your support will enable us to adapt, stay afloat and when it is safe to do so, continue to:

• provide opportunities for ATW master weavers to collaborate with artists and architects to create extraordinary contemporary tapestries

• share knowledge, pass on skills and provide insights into the fascinating process of tapestry creation through talks, hands-on workshops and exhibitions

• offer a broad scope of independent tapestry weavers, artists, craftspeople and designers the chance to invigorate their practices by participating in our artistic enrichment programs and

• provide public access to our inspiring Australian wool yarn palette of 368 colours – all dyed at our in-house Colour Laboratory.

Right now, you can make a difference. With your help, we will survive and thrive!

Your tax-deductible donation to the Transforming Tapestry Annual Appeal will ensure our weavers can achieve the highest level of mastery and our artistic and community enrichment programs may continue.

How to donate to the Transforming Tapestry Annual Appeal




Call the ATW on +61 3 9699 7885 during business hours and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

For donations of $10,000 and over:

If you can make a donation of $10,000 or more, thank you! We can receive it by cheque or direct deposit. Please contact us on +61 3 9699 7885 or email Josephine Briginshaw, Development Coordinator on to make arrangements.

Donations to the Australian Tapestry Workshop Fund of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

On the loom, images left to right: ‘The Royal Harvest’, 2020, Naomi Hobson, woven by Pamela Joyce, Sue Batten, Tim Gresham and Jennifer Sharpe, wool, cotton, 2.05 x 2.8m; tapestry detail; artist Naomi Hobson. Photos: Marie-Luise Skibbe and ATW.