Image: detail of Catching Breath, 2014, designed by Brook Andrew and woven by Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce & Milena Paplinska, wool, cotton, Lurex, 1.9 x 1.5m. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch

'Woven Song' Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop and Short Black Opera

Experience a unique collaboration across cultures and art forms as Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham presents contemporary chamber music inspired by nine tapestries from the Embassy Tapestry Collection.

Exhibition Dates 11 February – 17 April 2020


These tapestries have been designed by Indigenous artists and woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Now, among the ATW looms themselves, the acclaimed soprano will perform the first three compositions in her suite giving voice to the material works.

These musical responses speak to tapestries including Brook Andrew’s Catching Breath, Nanyuma Napangati’s Untitled (detail from Kiwirrkurra women’s painting) and Lumpu Lumpu Country’ by Daisy Andrews. Collaborating with Cheetham’s Short Black Opera will be special guests Plexus and Rubiks Collective (Australia), tabla master Pandit Ashis Sengupta (India), shakuhachi master, Reison Kuroda (Japan) and Mezzo Soprano Angela Cortez (Singapore). Gowns especially designed for each performance by Melbourne couturier Linda Britten will be on display in the ATW gallery.


Exhibition Dates: 11 February – 17 April
Opening Times: Tue – Fri, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne
Ticket: Free
Venue Warning: The Australian Tapestry Workshop acknowledge that their building contains the names and artworks of deceased Indigenous people.