The Cordis Prize

The Cordis Prizes were 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. Through an ever expanding programme of activities we strive to promote links between established tapestry artists and the thriving community of enthusiastic amateur and emerging artists.

The Cordis Prize for Tapestry celebrates ambition in weaving on an international scale. It is the biggest international prize for this artform.  Inaugurated in 2015, the prize and accompanying exhibition has attracted entries from all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Denmark and France.


The Cordis Prize for Tapestry 2021

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 shortlist exhibition will be held once again in the stunning setting of Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. After a postponed deadline we received a record number of submissions. The 2021 Cordis Prize boasts the most far flung and 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.

Image Credit Fiona Hutchison

Past Projects

Over Under : Under Over
Exploring Weave in it’s Wider Context
22 Dec 2019 – 30 Jan 2020

In 2019 we embarked on an exciting  project, teaming up once again with our friends at Visual Arts Scotland to present a curated selection of artworks that explore wider applications of the woven form. The selected artists were Dail Behennah (pictured), Celia Pym, Sue Lawty, Sadhvi Jawa, Sarah Jane Henderson and Elizabeth Ashdown.

The Physic Garden Group-work

In February 2019 a group of budding weavers embarked upon the largest collaborative woven tapestry piece made in Edinburgh in living memory. Celebrating the origins of the Botanic Gardens as a Physic Garden, we commissioned a design from artist Natalie Taylor who carried out extensive research into the history of Physic gardens and the representation of medicinal plants. Her design was translated by 64 budding artists into Edinburghs biggest ever group tapestry in an ambitious project led by esteemed weaving tutor Jo McDonald.

The Cordis Prize for Tapestry Archive

We have been celebrating ambition in weaving on an international scale since 2015. The prize and accompanying shortlist exhibition has attracted entries from all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Denmark and France. Previously held at The Royal Scottish  Academy as part of Visual Arts Scotland’s annual exhibition, The Cordis Prize moved in 2019 to Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where it has become established as a biennial event. See details of previous editions of the prize here.