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Thu 2 August 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm FREE!
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Painting with Thread is an exhibition of recent tapestries and samples from the collection of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne (ATW). Founded in 1976, the ATW is recognised as an international leader in the production of hand-woven tapestries and is the only workshop of its kind in Australia. All ATW tapestries are made with leading artists and designers. Painting with Thread will offer Sydney viewers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes process of tapestry creation by ATW weavers from design, sampling, to weaving and completion. The selection of tapestries and samples on display emphasise the experimental and innovative approaches to contemporary tapestry design, as well as the diversity of recent projects and collaborations at ATW. Highlights of the exhibition include the Treasure Hunt (2018) tapestry designed by leading Chinese-Australian artist Guan Wei and woven by Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton, as well as the tapestry Everything has two witnesses, one on earth and one in the sky (2014) designed by Sangeeta Sandrasegar and woven by Sue Batten. A display of smaller tapestry samples alongside these works will offer viewers an opportunity to understand the process involved in the translation of tapestry design to the tapestry form. Selected yarn, bobbins and warps from the ATW will also be on display and visitors will be invited to handle these materials.