Unique tapestry on show
THE Wangaratta Art Gallery in conjunction with the Australian Tapestry Workshop is presenting an exhibition of major tapestries from the Tapestry Workshop’s collection until January 24.
It is a rare opportunity to see some of these accomplished works outside Melbourne and an amazing opportunity to see some of the finest tapestries in Australia.
The Australian Tapestry Workshop was established in 1976, is the only workshop of its kind in Australia, and one of only a handful in the world producing hand-woven tapestries.
Artists worldwide are discovering how this traditional medium can be used in completely new ways, and the workshop is in the vanguard of this revival.
Using the same techniques employed in Europe since the 15th century, the workshop’s skilled weavers work with artists from Australia and overseas to produce tapestries that are known for their vibrancy, technical accomplishment and inventive interpretation.
Its philosophy has been to employ weavers trained as artists enabling close collaboration with the artists whose work they are interpreting.
Many notable Australian and international artists have collaborated with the workshop’s weavers over the years, some of which included in the exhibition are Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, David Larwill, Mike Brown and Lesley Dumbell.
To date, the workshop has created more than 400 tapestries ranging from palm-size to monumental.
They are woven using the finest Australian wool, which is dyed onsite forming a unique palette of 370 colours.
These works hang in significant public and private collections around the world, and now for a period of time, they grace the walls of the Wangaratta Art Gallery.
CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES: Included in the exhibition is “The talk” (detail), 2002, designed by David Larwill and woven by Milena Paplinska and Irja West, Wool, cotton, 1.71 x 2.2m, ATW Collection.