Cordis Prize Submissions Open

Sep 20th 2016

Visual Arts Scotland in collaboration with the Cordis Trust are delighted to invite submissions for the third in the series of the Cordis Trust Prizes for Tapestry. With a slightly different format from the main prize, the aim of this round is to encourage the work of artists whose work is between miniature and large scale, and which may lie in between traditional and experimental techniques. We hope that the prize will attract entries from artists at all stages in their careers, and those who work across disciplines. We are looking for works that are essentially woven, they should reference traditional Gobelin techniques, but need not be wholly constructed using this method. Works need not necessarily be two dimensional or wall hung, through this new prize format we hope to encourage ambitious and non-conventional applications of tapestry weaving.

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Visual Arts Scotland’s next Exhibition in the Upper Galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in December 2016, and the winning entry will be selected from the shortlisted exhibits. The prize amount is £3000. The shortlist will be drawn up by our prestigious panel of guest selectors with specialist knowledge of woven tapestry; Fiona Mathison and Susan Mowatt, along with Miranda Harvey of the Cordis Trust, Nicky Wilson, owner of Jupiter Artland and VAS President Robbie Bushe.

The deadline for submissions is 10 October 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by email by 21 October 2016 and the shortlisted work must be available for delivery to the gallery between Sat 26 and Mon 28 November 2016.

Applications should be made online by following the link below. Applications by email or post will not be accepted.

Terms and Conditions

  • The prize is open to artists from the UK or abroad, working in any discipline and at any stage in their career.
  • There are no restrictions on material or technique but entries should reference traditional tapestry weaving and  the Gobelin method.
  • Size restrictions; works should be a maximum of 75cm on the longest edge and a minimum of 25cm on the shortest edge. ‘Miniatures’ are not eligible.
  • The size restriction does not include framing. If your work has any external framing or supports please include an image on the complete framed/mounted piece in your submission.
  • Any framing or supports should be sympathetic to the work, and works may be rejected on the basis that the framing or support detracts from the work itself.
  • Entries should be recent and should have been completed no earlier than 2013. Retrospective works are not eligible.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 works.
  • There is an entry fee of £15 per applicant.
  • Shortlisted works must be available for exhibition between 26 November and 29 December 2016.
  • Shortlisted artists will be asked at a later date to provide 300dpi images of the selected artwork.
  • 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 Visual Arts Scotland 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.
  • VAS 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 incurred. The Society will insure the tapestries from the point of receipt until the point of collection.

Image guidelines

  • 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.
  • Please include your name and the title of your artwork in the file name, eg, BeccaPollard_WovenStructure.jpg.
  • Images should be jpeg format at 300dpi; ideally one side should measure a minimum of 1000px