Unique ta­pes­try on show

North East Tourist News - - WANGARATTA -

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.

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