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Australian Tapestry Workshop

Architect: TJ Crouch (1885), Peter Carmichael (1976), Peter Williams (1999)

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. Visitors to the ATW experience a vibrant setting with multi-coloured yarns lining the walls and weavers seated at many looms creating new artworks. Ranging from miniature to monumental, the tapestries are woven using the finest Australian wool, which is specially dyed onsite 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 Australian Tapestry Workshop 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 and light-filled studio as a perfect home for the workshop. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the workshop, including the galleries, studio floor and balcony with a view to the ATW Colour Laboratory. Guided tours focus on the architecture, history and modern use of the building.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

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

  • Tour Type: Guided & General Admission

  • Tour Details: Guided tours will run three times a day (10:30am, 11:30am & 2:00pm) and focus on the architecture, history and modern use of the building.

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

  • Year Built: 1885

  • Website: http://www.williamsboag.com.au

  • Tram Stops: Stop 129: Park St/Clarendon St on route 12.

  • Photo Credit: Jeremy Weihrauch


262-266 Park Street South Melbourne Victoria 3205 Australia, VIC


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