The Cordis Prize

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.


Over Under : Under Over

Exploring weave in it’s wider context

Presented as part of:


22 Dec 2019 – 30 Jan 2020

Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries

The Mound


Free Entry


Tapestry Showcase 2019

The tapestry showcase offers an opportunity for aspiring weavers and students of weaving to exhibit and sell their work in a venue of national prestige. 

From 27 November 2019

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

National Gallery of Scotland

The Mound


Tapestry Tasters – Weaving for Beginners

To compliment our forthcoming exhibition, Over Under : Under Over, in conjunction with Visual Art Scotland, we are inviting non-weavers to join us and pick up a loom! Complete beginners can start from scratch, all the tools and materials will be provided along with expert tuition from tapestry artist and highly experienced tutor Laura Magliveras. Over the course of three Tuesday afternoon sessions you will learn all the basic skills you need to take up the ever more popular craft of tapestry weaving. 

The Physic Garden Group-work

In February 2019 a group of budding weavers embarked upon the largest collaborative woven tapestry piece made in Edinburgh in living memory. Celebrating the origins of the Botanic Gardens as a Physic Garden, we commissioned a design from artist Natalie Taylor who carried out extensive research into the history of Physic gardens and the representation of medicinal plants. Her design was translated by 64 budding artists into Edinburghs biggest ever group tapestry in an ambitious project led by esteemed weaving tutor Jo McDonald.

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. In previous editions the shortlisted entries are drawn up by an illustrious panel including Fiona Mathison, Alison Watt, and Nicky Wilson, and they have been exhibited at the Royal Scottish  Academy as part of Visual Arts Scotland’s annual exhibition, and more recently at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.