The 4th Cordis Prize for Tapestry

16 March – 27 May 2019

Inverleith House Gallery
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh


Deadline for submissions 11 January 2019

We are now accepting entries for the fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry. 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. We are looking for works that are essentially woven, referencing traditional Gobelin techniques, but they need not be wholly constructed using this method. We encourage ambitious and non-conventional applications of tapestry weaving, in two or three dimensions, wall hung or free standing, using traditional, new or found materials.

The exhibition of shortlisted entries will be held in the stunning setting of Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. Formerly the home of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and engaging galleries in Europe. We are delighted with this new setting for the exhibition of the shortlisted Cordis Prize tapestries, and we look forwards to receiving submissions of contemporary tapestry weaving from around the globe.The shortlist will be drawn up by our prestigious panel of guest selectors with specialist knowledge of woven tapestry; Fiona Mathison and Jo Barker, along with Miranda Harvey of the Cordis Trust, internationally acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer David Eustace, and Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for The Guardian.

Submission details are available now and the online application portal is available HERE. The deadline for entries is 11 January 2019.

Submission Details



  • The prize is open to established artists from the UK or abroad
  • Entries should be recent and should have been completed no earlier than 2016. Retrospective works are not eligible

  • There are no restrictions on material or technique but entries should reference traditional tapestry weaving and the Gobelin method
  • Shortlisted works must be available for exhibition between 8 March and 31 May 2019
  • The minimum size for entries is 120cm on the shortest side
  • The maximum height is 3m, and the maximum width is 5.5m
  • Please take a moment to view the floor plans below with full details of the gallery dimensions


Floor Plans
Entry Info


  • Artists may submit up to 3 works
  • There is a one off entry fee of £20 per applicant, payable via the online entry system
  • All entries must be submitted via the online entry system. Entries by email or post will not be considered
  • Up to four Jpegs – including one full view, one detail
  • You will be required to submit the following details via the online entry system; title, materials used, dimensions, warps per inch, description of the method, price (if for sale), a brief artists statement pertaining to the artwork, a short biography and CV, and specialist hanging or installation requirements



  • You can submit up to four images per artwork
  • Submitted images must include at least one image of the work in its entirety, one detail, and one close up to demonstrate the quality of weaving
  • Submitted images must show the actual work you intend to exhibit, and the work must be finished. If possible an image of the piece in context would also be helpful to give an idea of scale
  • Please include your name and the title of your artwork in the file name, eg, BeccaPollard_WovenStructure.jpg
  • Images should be jpeg format at 72dpi; ideally one side should measure a minimum of 1000px
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide a high quality 300dpi image of the selected work for publication and publicity use
  • The Trust has a small budget of up to £100 per artist (on submission of receipts) to assist with transportation costs. The artist will be responsible for the any further cost of transporting the work to and from the gallery and for insurance during transit, and any customs duties or taxes incurred
  • The Cordis Trust and Inverleith House Gallery will insure the tapestries from the point of receipt until the point of collection. The artist should arrange in-transit insurance for their own work.
  • Shortlisted artists should arrange for their works to be delivered by carrier or in person on Friday 8 March 2019
  • Shortlisted artists are responsible for arranging the uplift of the works at the end of the exhibition on Thursday 30 May 2019
  • If the work is for sale all sales are subject to 40% commission, please supply the full sale price of which you will receive 60%
  • The curators at Inverleith House and the Cordis Prize judges reserve the right not to exhibit any artwork which upon receipt is not deemed to meet the expected standards of making or presentation, or that has been mis-represented in the submission process, knowingly or otherwise
  • Open for entries October 2018
  • Deadline for submissions 11 January 2019
  • Selection notifications by 6 Feb 2019
  • Delivery Friday 8 March 2019
  • PV Friday 15 March
  • Open to the public Sat 16 March – Monday 27 May
  • Collection by courier Thursday 30 May