Tapestry of Light

A video by Philippe Charluet promoting the making of this internationally significant work by Australian artist, Irene Barberis, collaborating with Professor David. E. Mainwaring.

The Tapestry of Light is a giant illuminated tapestry, spread across 14 panels, 36 metres long by 3 metres high, made from glowing fibres of threads and light especially constructed using nanoparticle technology developed at the RMIT Design Research Institute.

Four years in focused development and existing somewhere between art, science and design, the completed artwork will be an extraordinary illuminated reimagining of the medieval Angers Tapestries of the Apocalypse, one of the only full cycles by a female artists in over 700 years!


The Tapestry of Light opened at the Brussels’ Cathedral on 27 April 2017

Link to brochure (in French and Flemish)


  • Swatches and tapestry colour palette
  • A work in progress for the 'Tapestry of Light' project
  • One panel from the tapestry
  • Gortoz A Ran (I’m Waiting)

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra – Promotion

  • En Marche! Australie