ARTHUR BOYD AND VICTORIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP,
GREAT HALL TAPESTRY

Arthur Boyd (artist, 1920–1999) and Victorian Tapestry Workshop (interpretation and execution, est. 1976), Great Hall tapestry, in four panels, (1984-1988).

Designed by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd, the Great Hall Tapestry is woven in four panels from specially dyed Australian wool. It is part of the extraordinary collection of art commissioned for Parliament House and it took more than 10 full-time weavers two years to complete. One of the largest tapestries in the world, it depicts the dense bushland of Boyd’s home at Bundanon— and the textures and colours of a uniquely Australian landscape. A sulphurcrested cockatoo is visible in the canopy, together with Halley’s comet, which appeared while the tapestry was being woven. See this magnificent work, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.