Call for entries coming soon

The 2021 Cordis Prize for Tapestry

Rewarding ambition in contemporary weaving

From March 2021

Inverleith House Gallery,

The Royal Botanic Gardens,


Sumbission deadline mid Jan 2021, exact date TBC

Image credit Anna Ray

The Cordis Prize, the world’s largest award for tapestry, is set to return for it’s fifth round in 2021. The £8000 prize is the biggest award from woven tapestry in the world and aims to encourage and reward ambition and scale in the field of contemporary weaving. From October 2020 we will be accepting entries via an online open submission, full details will be announced in due course.

We are delighted to be returning to the majestic Inverleith House Gallery in the heart of Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. The shortlisted tapestries from the open submission will be exhibited from March – June 2021, and the winner of the £8000 prize selected from the works on show.

The 2019 Winner


The winner of the 2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry was Brita Been, for her monumental Telemark inspired tapestry, Vine.

Vine is a joyous statement about heritage and the textile traditions of Norway. It is also a beautiful tapestry.  Simple, bold and bright, it is from a pattern traditionally used to decorate a white linen shirt from Brita’s home county of Telemark. 

This is one of this recent series which Brita says is, “a tribute to women’s creative work, their time, their patience and the sheer abundance of these embroideries represented in textile folk art”.