HRH The Prince of Wales visits the Australian Tapestry Workshop
The Australian Tapestry Workshop was honoured with a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales on 6 November. This event received extensive coverage, not only in Australian print and broadcast media but sources as diverse as the Gulf News and the Bulgarian News Agency.
His Royal Highness had the opportunity to tour the Workshop, viewing recent tapestries and our Colour Laboratory. At the final stop of the tour, Coolaroo South Primary School students, who had spent four days during the previous week in a focused arts workshop, had the opportunity to chat with Prince Charles and show him their artwork. This artwork will also provide inspiration to artist Nusra Latif Qureshi as she designs a tapestry featuring native Australian flora. The project is also being featured in a short film, which will be made available at the end of the year.
We are grateful to our partners in this project: Nusra Latif Qureshi; Amber Khokhar and Daniel Docherty (PSTA); Kylie Regester, Christine Joy and the staff & volunteers at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne; the wonderful students and teachers at Coolaroo South Primary School; and the Victorian College of the Arts and filmmaker Gregory Erdstein. This project would not have been possible without the support of Arts Victoria, in particular Michael Nation.
In addition to funding from Arts Victoria, this project is supported by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, which has chosen it as the first project to be designated funds from the ‘Give an Inch’ campaign. This campaign, launched last May, serves to support public projects at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
There is still time to support the campaign and help the Workshop to promote the art of contemporary tapestry. Donors to ‘Give an Inch’ will receive special notifications about projects, including this one, funded through their donations. You can click the link to make a donation.