Australian Tapestry Workshop and Short Black Opera present

Woven Song Australian Launch


By Deborah Cheetham AO
Yorta Yorta

Australia / India / Japan / Singapore

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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.

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.


Warning: The Australian Tapestry Workshop acknowledge that our building contains the names and artworks of deceased Indigenous people.


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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

Gallery image: Deborah Cheetham with Untitled (detail from Kiwirrkurra Women’s Painting), 2007, designed by Nanyuma Napangati, and woven by Mala Anthony, Milena Paplinska and Cheryl Thornton, wool and cotton, 3.05 x 1.98. In situ at the Australian Chancellery in New Dehli. Photo by John Gollings.