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.


The winner of the 2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry is…

Brita Been, Vine

“With such a strong and diverse shortlist it was very hard to pick just one winner. In the end I felt that “Vine” is powerful, joyous and accessible. It is beautifully woven, deceptively simple, and will delight every visitor to Inverleith House. “

Miranda Harvey, founder of the Cordis Prize

2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry Exhibition

We are delighted to present the shortlisted works for the fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry in the stunning setting of Inverleith House, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. The shortlist of 17 artworks by 16 artists was selected  from 75 submissions by artists from as far afield as India, Australia, and Russia, those chosen include renowned weavers from Japan, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Hungary and the United Kingdom. This time round the prize fund has been increased to £8000 to reward ambitious and skilled use of tapestry weaving techniques. 

16 March – 27 May 2019

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 have commissioned a design from artist Natalie Taylor who carried out extensive research into the history of Physic gardens and the representation of medicinal plants. 

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.

The Tapestry Showcase

is an exhibition held each year in The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant in the National Galleries of Scotland’s Weston Link overlooking Princes Street Gardens. The object of the showcase is to encourage amateur and emerging weavers, and to celebrate and sell their work in a venue of national prestige. Sign up to the mailing list now to receive details of the 2019 call for entries when they are released.