The Cordis Trust

Exhibition Details

The Cordis Trust
Showcase 2019

£250 prize to encourage and promote the work of aspiring non-professional tapestry artists

We are now accepting submissions from aspiring weavers for the 2019 Tapestry Showcase. The Tapestry Showcase is an exhibition of small-scale tapestries by amateur and emerging artists staged by The Cordis Prizes for Tapestry. Hosted since 2015 by The Scottish Café, we are delighted to return in 2019 to their fabulous newly renovated premises. The purpose of the showcase is to encourage the work of aspiring weavers, and to give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work in a venue of national prestige. We welcome open submissions from amateur tapestry artists, nevertheless the standard of artistic merit and technical competence is always high! One exhibitor will be chosen as the recipient of a £250 prize.

Entry Deadline: 29 October 2019 Midnight

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Key Dates

Open For Entry: 8 August 2019
Entry Deadline: 29 October 2019, Midnight

Selection Notification: 13 November 2019
Artwork Delivery: 20 November 2019, by post only

Exhibition Open To Public: From 29 November 2019, 9am to 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Late Jan 2020, date tbc

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: £10
Additional Entries: £5 per artwork up to 3 artworks.

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at the newly refurbished Scottish Café and Restaurant in the National Galleries of Scotland. We are looking for submissions from amateur tapestry artists, nevertheless we anticipate that the standard of artistic merit and technical competence will be high. Successful submissions will be visually arresting, and show evidence of original thought and ambition.

Submissions of work are invited from amateur artists working in woven tapestry. Professional weavers are not eligible. Only UK based weavers may apply.

Woven tapestry only. While there is no limit on what yarns or fabric may be incorporated, we will not consider pieces of needlework, patchwork, felting or collage. Pieces may have a 3Ddimensional low relief element, but it must be possible to display them in a deep box frame and hang them on a wall. 

The judges will appreciate originality in both design and process. Whilst interpretations of existing images are acceptable, we would encourage artists to ensure their own artistic input is evident. Straightforward copies of existing artworks do not meet the brief for this exhibition.

Size Restriction
Works will be mounted in a 50 x 50cm deep box frame, so should be no bigger than approximately 35 x 35 cm.

Submission Procedure
Submission is by online entry only at

Artwork Description – please detail the materials, methods, and size of your work. Describe the design process that led to your resulting artwork.

Artists Statement – please tell us a little about your inspirations, and the themes of your work. 

CV & Biography – tell us how you came to be involved in weaving, if applicable please detail any relevant tuition or courses you have undertaken, and any previous exhibitions, commissions and awards.

Please include at least two images of your work, one of which should include a view of the whole piece, and one of which should be a close-up detail to demonstrate the quality of weaving. For best results photograph your work in bright daylight and on a plain white background.

Works selected for exhibition can be for sale but do not have to be. Commission of 40% of the sale price is retained by the Cordis Trust. It will be assumed that the stated sale price includes our commission. Please allow for this when pricing your work. Because we believe in the value of the artists time and creativity, we ask that you price your work no lower than £75.

Please send your work unmounted and unframed. We will mount and frame the work in 50 x 50 deep shadow box frames. We will add £20 to your specified price to cover the cost of framing. You may keep the frame at the end of the exhibition at a cost of £20 if collecting in person, payable in cash on collection.

All communication will be by email or via the online login process. Applicants will be required to login to see if they have been selected and will be asked to download and print their application details to be delivered with the artwork.

The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

It is the artists responsibility to insure the artworks if required.

Delivery and Collection
Selected artists should post their work to the address below to arrive by Weds 20 November 2019. Work should be delivered unframed and unmounted. We will supply frames and mounts. Please print your application from and include it in your package.

Postal Address:
Laura Magliveras
Flat 7
17 Simpson Loan

Unsold work can be collected from the venue in person on (date TBC). If collecting in person there is the option to purchase the frame with your work for £20, cash on collection. Alternatively we can return your work by post unframed. If you would like your work returned by post please include return packaging with your return address clearly marked when you send your work.

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