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.


2018 Tapestry Showcase

We are now inviting submissions from aspiring weavers to express their originality and creativity through the medium of weaving, for the fourth exhibition of the Tapestry Showcase at the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant. The object of the showcase is to encourage the work of amateur and emerging weavers, and to give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work in a venue of national prestige, within the National Galleries of Scotland’s Princes Street complex, in the heart of Edinburgh.

Deadline for entries 24 October 2018


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2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry

It is with great pleasure we announce that the fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry will be held in the stunning setting of Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden, in March 2019. This time round the prize fund has been increased to £8000 to reward ambitious and skilled use of tapestry weaving techniques. We hope that the prize will attract both domestic and international entries from established artists working in the field of contemporary tapestry.

Deadline for entries 10 January 2019


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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.