The Centenary gets a tapestry

Barcham 6 November 2013


What do you get for the centenary that has everything

Well not a tapestry anymore, these guys already thought of that.

Wielding golden scissors, Centenary of Canberra patron Sir William Deane today formally cut off from its loom a large tapestry made by the community as a gift for Canberra’s 100th birthday.

Sir William said the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry, which depicts some of Canberra’s iconic buildings, flora and fauna, was a wonderful gift for the city’s Centenary.

“There is a long tradition of weaving to commemorate special occasions or events,” Sir William said.

“The tapestry is a unique artwork that holds a little bit of all the many weavers who worked on the piece.”

The cutting-off ceremony was attended by the Centenary of Canberra Creative Director, Robyn Archer, the renowned tapestry artist and head of textiles at the ANU School of Art, Valerie Kirk, who led the project, and many people who have contributed to the tapestry.

The 2.7m x 1.4m artwork, which received its first stitches in December 2012, will have a permanent home in the ACT Legislative Assembly as part of the Government’s extensive and significant art collection.

Hundreds of weavers, from complete beginners to professionals, have contributed to the tapestry, collectively making an artwork that presents a rich and engaging legacy for the future.

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