Chaos and Fertility by Pop Architecture + Hotham Street Ladies (2018 finalists)

A provocative work by Pop Architecture + Hotham Street Ladies titled, Chaos and Fertility has been awarded first prize in the Tapestry Design for Architects (TDPA) 2018. The Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne will be exhibiting the finalists’ work till 26 October 2018.

The winners were announced by MONA Founder, David Walsh AO at the Australian Tapestry

Workshop on 15 August 2018. The second prize was awarded to Arturo Muela, Paola Ibarra + Daniela Gutiérrez for Colliding Universes in Saint Peter’s Four Meter Woolen Eye, with third prize awarded to Kevin Liu for After Turrell, Backside of the Moon.

‘The first prize-winning entrants, Pop Architecture + Hotham Street Ladies' respond provocatively to the brief for a tapestry in the Pharos wing of MONA. Their tapestry design Chaos and Fertility, rejects the absence of ornament in Boullée's practice as well as his ideals of enlightenment and 'male reason'. Their design playfully responds to Walsh's brief through their subversion of the western canon, with a focus on transgressive textiles, female history and subjectivity.’ said Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM, TDPA 2018 Judging Panel Chair.

The TDPA 2018 attracted a record number of 98 national and international entries, from these 15 finalists were selected.

‘It was fascinating to see how architects worldwide responded to David Walsh’s challenging brief to design a tapestry for the hypothetical site of Étienne-Louis Boullée's 'Cenotaph for Isaac Newton' – this mooted building was the inspiration for the Fender Katsalidis Architects' Pharos Wing, MONA. In his brief Walsh invites architects to create a design that considers both geometry and chaos and is not constrained by the logistics of design.’ said Alice Hampson, TDPA 2018 Judging Panel.

The judging panel for the TDPA 2018 are Professor Kay Lawrence AM (Chair); Timothy Hill; Andrew Burges; Alice Hampson; and Dimmity Walker. The TDPA, established in 2015, was the initiative of former Chair of the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) Board Peter Williams, based on the longstanding historical connection between architectural space and tapestry design. The award seeks to foster new creative dialogues between architects and contemporary weavers and offers architects an unparalleled opportunity to consider the capacity by which tapestries can articulate, transform and enrich public and private space.

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects 2018 is a partnership between the Australian Tapestry

Workshop, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Architecture Media and will be exhibiting the finalists’ work at the Australian Tapestry Workshop until 26 October 2018.

To find out more of this unique work, catch it at the Australian Tapestry Workshop before it ends October 26th!


Australian Tapestry Workshop

Location: 262 - 266 Park Street, South Melbourne.

Dates: 16 August - 26 October 2018

Times: Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm - galleries & shop (including studio viewings)

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