The twenty shortlisted woven large-scale artworks vying for the 2021 Cordis Prize – at £8,000 the world’s biggest for tapestry – will fill the entire gallery at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The jury-selected works incorporate a broad range of materials, including second hand books, recycled plastic and shredded garments as well as traditional threads, while their subjects focus on social issues such as the refugee crisis, resistance to ethnic diversity and lockdown loneliness. A worldwide open call attracted a record number of entries from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Iceland, Norway and Denmark as well as the UK, capturing a snapshot of how this classic art form is being developed today.
Announced 22nd Oct, the winner for the 2021 prize is Orkney-based Louise Martin, for her tapestry Lifetime. Photo Neil Hanna.
Artmag attended the exhibition and photographed some highlights; as you can see, the welcome admittance of daylight in Inverleith House plays its part: