Down South: Tapestry in Australia

The skills of tapestry weaving were initially brought to Australia by migrant weavers from Northern Europe and later by a range of international artists who came to Australia to run workshops. In addition, during the 1960’s and 1970’s, several Australian artists who are still working in the medium today went overseas to learn tapestry, many of whom subsequently taught in universities and art schools in Australia from the early 1980’s until recently. Read the accompanying essay Down South-Tapestry in Australia to learn more about the work included in the exhibition.

Curator’s Biography

Sara Lindsay is a British born artist, curator and educator who lives in Melbourne.  She worked as a weaver at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop (now the Australian Tapestry Workshop) from its foundation in 1976 until 1990, when she moved to Tasmania to teach at the Tasmanian School of Art. From 2007-2012 Lindsay held the position of Production Manager at the ATW. Lindsay received a MA (Fine Art) from RMIT University in 2003 and has won numerous awards for her tapestries which have been exhibited nationally and internationally, in solo and group exhibitions, and are represented in many major public collections in Australia.