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Weaving Together - Tapestries from the Artbank Collection

Weaving Together - Tapestries from the Artbank Collection

Artbank Melbourne 18-24 Down Street, Collingwood. 3 October – 17 November 2023
Melbourne Projects Space

'Presented in partnership with the Australian Tapestry Workshop'

Exhibition dates: 3 October – 17 November 2023

Opening Event: Thursday October 5, 2023

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Public Program: 6pm, in conversation with Sophie Travers, Director/CEO Australian Tapestry Workshop, Amy Cornall, Senior Weaver Australian Tapestry Workshop and Hannah Gartside, Artist and Artist in Residence 2020 at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

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Artbank has partnered with the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) to present 'Weaving Together – Tapestries from the Artbank Collection,' an exhibition which celebrates the significant holdings of tapestries in the Artbank Collection. Weaving Together celebrates the initiative of founding Directors Sue Walker (Victorian Tapestry Workshop) and Graeme Sturgeon (Artbank), which resulted in the acquisition of a number of tapestries by emerging and established Australian artists from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, now known as the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW).

Both organisations had a similar mission that spoke to supporting and promoting Australian art and artists, and from the outset, Artbank saw the importance of collecting a wide diversity of media suitable for a rapidly expanding leasing program. The tapestries in this exhibition, are not only of particular significance to the Artbank Collection, but represent the relationships between artists and weavers the ATW has fostered and continues to develop today– capturing the spirit of creative collaboration.

This is the first exhibition to reunite six of the ten tapestries Artbank acquired in the 1980’s by designing artists Rae Ganim, Stephen Griffin, Dale Hickey, Max Miller, and John R. Neeson alongside two tapestries by Merrill Dumbrell who was a key figure in the establishment of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

This exhibition contextualises the tapestries alongside weaving samples, archival photographs, preparatory studies, paintings, pastels, and watercolours, and includes a display of artworks by artists in the Artbank Collection who have participated in the ATW’s prestigious Artist in Residence program including Hannah Gartside, Jennifer Goodman, Anne Graham, Kait James, Sera Waters and Gosia Wlodarczak.

Weaving Together entwines the ATW’s rich history as a not-for-profit visual arts organisation, which empowers creative partnerships and Artbank’s continuous support and promotion of Australian artists as a federal government program.