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Australian Tapestry Workshop

Architect: T J Crouch, Peter Carmichael, Peter Williams

South | S01

"The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976, it is the only workshop of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful in the world for the production of hand-woven tapestries. Artists, designers, and architects worldwide are discovering how this historic technique can be explored as an exciting and experimental contemporary medium, and the ATW is at the forefront of this revival. Ranging from miniature to monumental, ATW 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 around the world. 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. The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976, it is the only workshop of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful in the world for the production of hand-woven tapestries. Artists, designers, and architects worldwide are discovering how this historic technique can be explored as an exciting and experimental contemporary medium, and the ATW is at the forefront of this revival. Ranging from miniature to monumental, ATW 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 around the world. 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. "

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Two gallery spaces, viewing balcony (mezzanine), shop and studio floor

  • Special Note: All areas are accessible except the mezzanine (stairs only)

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, running for 20minutes, in groups of20

  • 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. A community loom will also be available for all visitors to try Artists in Residence will be showcasing hand made artworks, crafts, textiles, jewellery and ceramics in the return of the popular Artist Market. Artist in Residence Rute Chaves will also be leading an interactive art installation."

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1885, 1976, 1999

  • Website: williamsboag.com.au

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

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

262-266 Park St, South Melbourne 3205, VIC

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