The Cordis Prizes for Tapestry has two parts; the Cordis Prize for Tapestry, celebrating ambition in weaving, and the Tapestry Showcase which encourages emerging weavers. Both are annual competitions/exhibitions of tapestry.
The Cordis Prize for Tapestry is the biggest international prize for this artform. It was 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. The prize has been running for three years now, and has attracted entries from all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Denmark and France. Each year 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 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.