A Brita Been creation (Photo: Michael Wolchove)
A Brita Been creation (Photo: Michael Wolchove)

Tapesty weaving prize now open for entries

The Cordis Trust is delighted to invite submissions for the fifth Cordis Prize for Tapestry.

The aim of the prize is to reward ambitious, innovative and skilled use of tapestry weaving techniques.

The Cordis Prizes were initiated by Miranda Harvey and Ian Rankin of the Cordis Trust in order to celebrate the city of Edinburgh as a centre of excellence for tapestry weaving.

Through an ever expanding programme of activities we strive to promote links between established tapestry artists and the thriving community of enthusiastic amateur and emerging artists. The Cordis Prize for Tapestry celebrates ambition in weaving on an international scale. It is the biggest international prize for this artform.

Inaugurated in 2015, the prize and accompanying exhibition has attracted entries from all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Denmark and France.

A Brita Been creation (Photo: Michael Wolchove)

A spokesman said: ‘We hope that the prize will attract international entries from established artists working in the field of contemporary tapestry.

‘We are looking for works that are essentially woven – they should reference traditional Gobelin techniques, but need not be wholly constructed using this method. Works need not necessarily be two dimensional or wall hung, we hope to encourage ambitious and non-conventional applications of tapestry weaving.’

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in Inverleith House, located at the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and the winning entry will be selected from the shortlisted exhibits.

Inverleith House

The 2019 shortlist exhibition attracted upwards of 18,000 visitors. The prize amount is £8000 and the shortlist will be drawn up by our prestigious panel of guest selectors with specialist knowledge of woven tapestry.

The deadline for submissions is currently scheduled for 11 January 2021 and the shortlisted work must be available for the duration of the exhibition running March–June 2021. Given current circumstances these may be subject to change to accommodate changes in Inverleith House’s exhibition programme.

Find out more about The Cordis Prize HERE.