The Kate Derum Award and Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award for Small Tapestries is a biennial international Award that showcases creativity and excellence in international and Australian contemporary small tapestry. They are the most prestigious small tapestry Awards in Australasia.
The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is calling for entries and these open on Monday 1 April and will close on Friday 31 May 2019.
The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries ($5000) is a non-acquisitive Award for established artists. It honours Kate Derum and her significant contribution to tapestry as an artist, weaver, teacher, mentor and former Deputy Director/Studio Manager of the ATW. Generously supported by Susan Morgan, the Award is open to all professional Australian and International tapestry artists.
The Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award for Small Tapestries ($1000) is a non-acquisitive Award for artists in the first five years of their tapestry practice. It was established to support early-career weavers in the first five years of their tapestry practice. Alayne and Alan Davies generously support the Award, in memory of their mother Irene Davies, a tapestry enthusiast and avid supporter of the ATW.
The judges are Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia.
Entries must be a hand-woven tapestry, defined as ‘a weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts.’ Entry dimensions must not exceed 30cm(h) x 30cm(w) x 2cm(d).
Full entry requirements and to enter online, please go to www.austapestry.com.au
Since its establishment in 1976, the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) has built a worldwide reputation for the creation of contemporary tapestries in collaboration with living artists and architects. During this time the ATW has woven over 500 tapestries, which hang in significant public and private collections both nationally and internationally. Over 43 years this commitment to a collaborative approach has been skilfully developed by the ATW to the highest professional level and is maintained as a constantly evolving creative process. ATW tapestries are known for their vibrancy and technical accomplishment, as well as their innovative experimental interpretations.