Perfect Location for International Tapestry Exhibition

Tassel, Anna Ray

Formerly part of the annual Visual Arts Scotland exhibition, it is exciting to see the 4th Cordis Prize for Tapestry 2019 come of age and present an independent exhibition in Inverleith House hosted by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

The prize was established by Miranda Harvey to celebrate her love of the art of tapestry and of Edinburgh and a desire to bring the best tapestries in the world to the city.

The tranquil surroundings of the gardens and the qualities of the building were the perfect setting for this beautiful exhibition of 17 works, selected from 75 entries from 16 countries including Australia, Canada and Russia.

This is a significant £8,000 prize and in 2019 it was awarded to Brita Breen from Norway for Vine, a celebration of the heritage and the textile traditions of Norway inspired by a pattern traditionally used to decorate a white linen shirt from her home county of Telemark.

Vine, Britta Breen

The other shortlisted tapestry artists were Jessica Brouder, Yasuko Fujino, Linda Green, Birgitta Hallberg, Rachel Johnston, Louise Martin, Susan Mowatt, Anna Olssen, Livia Papai, Anna Ray, Phillip Sanderson, Joanne Soroka, Anne Stabell (two works), Katherine Swailes and Emma Jo Webster.

Although the exhibition has now closed, a catalogue was published, and information is available on the shortlisted works and the prize at

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