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. We currently operate two award programmes;
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.