Cordis Symposium

The Thread Runs Both Ways

The Heritage and Future of Tapestry Art

Saturday 16 March 2019
RBGE Lecture Theatre
20a Inverleith Row

In celebration the fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry, The Cordis Trust is delighted to present a symposium bringing together an international panel of speakers to discuss and debate the wealth of talent and creativity in contemporary tapestry.

Since its inception, the Cordis Prize has brought to Edinburgh the best work of the world’s most outstanding tapestry artists. To complement the 2019 exhibition the symposium will reference the pivotal role Edinburgh has played in the development of contemporary woven tapestry. While it is important to reflect on the past it is the future of tapestry the symposium wishes to explore. Bringing together artist, curators, critics and academics to consider ‘What is tapestry?’ and its future as a creative medium in contemporary art practice.

As well as a number of formal presentations by prestigious speakers the symposium will offer opportunities to meet fellow-weavers, share knowledge and suggestions, promote contemporary and future projects, and of course to view the Cordis exhibition in Inverleith House.

Tickets £65 (£45 concession)
10am – 4pm
Light lunch and coffee provided

Our Speakers

Nicholas Oddy

Head of Design History & Theory
Glasgow School of Art

Susan Mowatt

Senior Lecturer in Intermedia
Edinburgh College of Art

Prof. Jessica Hemmings

Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research
HDK, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Prof. Lesley Millar MBE

International Textile Research Centre

Professor of Textile Culture
University for the Creative Arts. Farnham

Kate Grenyer

Exhibitions Curator
Dovecote Studios, Edinburgh

Lisa Mason

Assistant Curator
National Museums Scotland