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Australian Tapestry Workshop

Architect: TJ Crouch, Peter Carmichael, Peter Williams

South | S01

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is the only tapestry studio of its kind in the country. It is also one of only a few worldwide dedicated to the production of hand-woven contemporary tapestries. Ranging from miniature to monumental, the tapestries are woven using the finest Australian wool, which is specially dyed on-site to a unique palette of 370 colours. Most of the ATW’s tapestries have been specially commissioned and hang in significant public buildings and collections. The ATW occupies a National Trust and heritage-listed building. Erected in 1885 as a drapery establishment, Harcourt and Parry Emporium, the building was later adapted for use as Patross Knitting Mills. In 1976, a renovation by Peter Carmichael transformed what had become a derelict, dingy factory space into a spacious, light-filled studio — a perfect home for the Workshop. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the ATW, including the galleries, studio floor and viewing balcony with a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory. Guided tours will focus on the architecture, history, and modern use of the building.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am - 4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: Galleries, studio floor, viewing balcony.

  • Special Note: Limited mobility access

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

  • Tour Details: Guided tours will run four times a day (10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm) and focus on the architecture, history and modern use of the building. 20 people per tour for approximitly 20 minutes

  • Special Programming: Free drop in kids weaving activity offered all day. This is a hands-on activity where children will get to try their hand at weaving and take home their work. ATW Artists in Residence will be showcasing hand made artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

  • Year Built: 1885

  • Website: www.williamsboag.com.au/

  • Tram Stops: Stop 24: Clarendon St on route 1 & Stop 129: Park St on route 12

Location

262-266 Park St, South Melbourne 3205, VIC

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