Entry deadline: October 15, 2017
In 1988, ATA co-organized a landmark international exhibition entitled World Tapestry Today. To mark the 30th Anniversary of this historical undertaking, ATA is organizing World Tapestry Now: American Tapestry Biennial 12 in 2018. This online exhibition will include the work of tapestry weavers around the world and will offer an opportunity to showcase, and reflect upon the field, as it is today. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalog. World Tapestry Now will transcend the limitations of gallery space, shipping costs, customs hassles, and even the physical availability of the entries, gathering a large and diverse selection of tapestries to present an international compendium of artists working in the medium of contemporary, hand woven tapestry. The intention of this show is to include not only artists who work within more traditional definitions of tapestry, but also those artists whose work expands upon the core principles of the medium as it explores new techniques and processes.
Professor Włodzimierz Cygan is a Polish textile artist renowned throughout the world for his technically innovative tapestries. Cygan trained in Gobelin weaving in the 1970s, graduating with a Masters in Art, but he has long preferred to create his tapestries using a frame that gives him the freedom to warp radially. His honors include the Grand Prix at the 12th International Triennale of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland in 2007 and a bronze medal at the 6th International Fiber Art Biennale in Zhengzhou City, China in 2010. Cygan is a professor of textiles in the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz.
Entry to World Tapestry Now is open to all artists who design and weave their own tapestries either individually or collaboratively (all assistants shall be named). For the purposes of this exhibition, tapestry is defined as hand woven, weft faced fabric using discontinuous wefts. Artists who work in both traditional and more experimental methods are encouraged to enter. Multimedia work will be considered if the primary medium is tapestry. Entries must be one-of-a-kind and have been completed after January 2014. Entries may not have been shown previously in any ATA exhibition. Artists may submit up to three pieces, but a maximum of one piece per artist will be accepted.
Contact World Tapestry Now Co-Chairs, Margo MacDonald,, or Ellen Ramsey,

Petition against the closure of the textile museum in Lyon

I just signed the petition “NON À LA FERMETURE DU MUSÉE DES TISSUS DE LYON” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 150,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Christopher Allworth, CTN member

Kate Derum Award

A non-acquisitive award of $5,000 AUD

A non-acquisitive award of $1,000 AUD
(for artists in the first five years of their professional practice)

Entries open: Monday 1 May 2017
Entries close: Sunday 4 June 2017 

Exhibition opening and award announcement: Tuesday 8 August 2017 6 – 8 pm 2017
Exhibition runs: Wednesday 9 August – Friday 29 September 2017

Visit HERE for entry conditions. The online entry form will open on 1 May 2017.


Emeritus Prof Kay Lawrence AM
Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia
Board of Directors, Australian Tapestry Workshop
Tapestry weaver

Dr Kevin Murray
Adjunct Professor, RMIT University
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Craft writer and curator

Dr Rebecca Coates
Director, Shepparton Art Gallery
Lecturer of Art History, University of Melbourne
Curator and writer

Exhibition to be held at the Australian Tapestry Workshop
262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205



Message from American Tapestry Alliance

Dear fellow tapestry artist,

Please forgive the form letter. I am writing to ask for your assistance in a new project I’m working on. I have begun a blog about promoting and marketing tapestry in a professional manner. It is being hosted by the American Tapestry Alliance.

The goal of the blog is to have one place where tapestry artists can go to access information related to marketing and promoting their work.  One of the subjects I will be writing about is pricing, an issue for many. With the help of Christine Laffer and Mary Lane, a questionnaire has been created. I would be very grateful if you would take the time to fill out the questionnaire with as much detail as you are able. Your answers will be used anonymously, unless you would prefer to be quoted. Please let me know your preference.

As thanks for your participation, an online sales gallery will be created that you are invited to participate in. At the bottom of the questionnaire you will be given the opportunity to upload one photo with appropriate information including price and your contact info.

Click here to access the questionnaire.

Click here to see the blog.

Thank you for your time and effort.