Shortlist Exhibition

The 2021 Cordis Prize for Tapestry

Rewarding ambition in contemporary weaving

23 October – 12 December 2021

Inverleith House Gallery

The Royal Botanic Gardens


Open daily from 10.30am.
Last admission 4.15pm October; 3.15pm November — December.

The Cordis Prize is the world’s largest award for tapestry, aiming to encourage and reward ambition and scale in the field of contemporary weaving. A worldwide open call attracted entries from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Russia, from artists working across the weaving spectrum, from traditional methods and fibres, to found materials and unorthodox applications of the Gobelin technique.

This year, after a postponed deadline, we received a record high number of submissions from artists across the world. We were heartened to see an upturn in the number of young weavers, and in artists moving from different disciplines towards weaving as a medium for creating fine art. The pandemic year has certainly excerpted influence on the artists who submitted their work, through political critique, personal reflection, and in finding tapestry as a means of therapeutic making. The 2021 Cordis Prize boasts the most eclectic mix of artists, themes, and techniques to date, and we are pleased to present a broad reflection of the world of tapestry through our shortlist exhibition.

The shortlist exhibition will be held once again in the stunning setting of Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. The winner of the £8000 prize will be announced prior to the exhibition opening on 23 October.

The Shortlist

The shortlist has been drawn up by our prestigious panel of guest judges; esteemed weavers Fiona Mathison and Jo Barker, Miranda Harvey of the Cordis Trust,  and Emma Nicolson and Amy Porteous representing Inverleith House Gallery.