Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

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Factory Tour · Art Gallery
The Australian Print Workshop offers Australia's most comprehensive professional printmaking facilities.

Located in Melbourne, Australian Print Workshop is a unique centre providing both established and emerging artists with access to a wide range of printmaking equipment and expertise in the context of a world-class printmaking workshop.

The Australian Print Workshop fosters the development of printmaking as a vibrant and progressive art form. Through its annual program, the Workshop represents the very best in contemporary printmaking.

Established in 1981, over the years the Australian Print Workshop has rapidly expanded its activities, attracting many of Australia's leading artists based on its reputation for high quality work and professional support facilities.

The Australian Print Workshop is recognised as a key authority on contemporary Australian printmaking. It is a 'not-for-profit' organisation that receives support from a range of sources including state and federal government arts funding agencies, charitable foundations, corporate sponsors and numerous individuals. Works produced at the Australian Print Workshop are represented in all major Australian public art gallery and museum collections.

Australian Print Workshop undertakes a number of activities, including:

PRINTSTORE

Australian Print Workshop offers a comprehensive selection of limited edition prints for sale online through its Printstore. The range of prints includes works by contemporary Australian artists who have worked at APW.



PROJECTS

Australian Print Workshop undertakes innovative Projects to further develop the art form of printmaking including: continuing Partnerships with Indigneous Artists, Special Projects, International Projects, Commissions and Scholarships.



CUSTOM PRINTING WORKSHOP

Australian Print Workshop Custom Printing Workshop provides artists with an opportunity to produce limited edition prints in collaboration with APW printers using the Workshop's world-class facilities and equipment.



ACCESS STUDIO

Australian Print Workshop Access Studio offers artists access to a range of professional printmaking equipment and facilities at a modest rental.



EDUCATION PROGRAM

Australian Print Workshop conducts a comprehensive Education Program including: Printmaking Classes, Summer School and Guided Tours.



EXHIBITIONS

Australian Print Workshop Gallery mounts regular exhibitions of prints made at the APW, as well as curating and organising Exhibitions at Other Venues.
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  • A wonderful visit! Access by public transport is great with a 7 minute tram ride from the centre of Melbourne. The volunteer guide gave an excellent explanation of the history, the work undertaken...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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‚Äôs 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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