Shortlist Exhibition

The 2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry

Rewarding ambition in contemporary weaving

16 March – 27 May 2019

Inverleith House Gallery,

The Royal Botanic Gardens,



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.

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, internationally acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer David Eustace, Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for The Guardian, and Emma Nicolson, head of exhibitions at Inverleith House Gallery.

 The shortlist exhibition will be held for the first time in the stunning setting of Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. The winnerof the £8000 prize will be announced prior to the exhibition opening on 16 March.


The 2019 Winner


The winner of the 2019 Cordis Prize for Tapestry in 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”.


The Shortlist