25 September: 1. BTG Priorities, 2. Showcase, 3. Cordis 2019, 4. HCA News, 5. Selvedge News, 6. ATA – Administrative Manager opening

1. BTG Priorities

The BTG committee is interested in hearing your views on our priorities for 2019 – 2020, and will be sending out a short questionnaire in the next week or so. The consultation will be open until the end of October and we will report back on the results at the AGM on the 24th of November.

The BTG only has a small committee and we welcome volunteers who can help out in any capacity so please have a think not only about our priorities, but also if you would be able to help in any capacity however small. Our organisation needs members support in order to thrive so, whilst we want you to be ambitious for the BTG remember that the future is in your hands as well!

2. Showcase

As I was uploading the latest addition to our Showcase, I thought it would be interesting to let you know when there is something new to see. These are the changes this year, most recent first:

Swell - Shadwell Basin Jan - Apr 2016
View Jennifer’s page
CHE (2014) 26 x 28 cm
CHE (2014) 26 x 28 cm
View Eleonora’s page
View Richard’s page
View Sofia’s page

3. Press Release: Cordis Prize 2019 Judges Announced

From: Becca Pollard Date: 19 September 2018 at 14:33:28 BST

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the biggest international award for tapestry weaving! Miranda Harvey, who co-founded the award with husband Ian Rankin, has been an amateur weaver for several years and will once again convene the judging panel consisting of; Fiona Mathison, former head of Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and former Artistic Director at Dovecot Studios, Jo Barker, internationally renowned tapestry artist and winner of the 2017 Cordis Prize, internationally acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer David Eustace, anfd Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for The Guardian.

The 2019 prize, at £8,000, is the largest in the world for this art form. The winner will be announced at an exclusive event at Inverleith House in March 2019, and the exhibition of international shortlisted works will run until the end of May 2019.

Ian Rankin, trustee of The Cordis Trust, launched the next and biggest Cordis Prize for Tapestry earlier this year:

‘The trustees are delighted that the Cordis Prize will once again bring the best of world tapestry to Edinburgh next year. The 2019 exhibition will enable the public – local, national and international – to see these magnificent pieces in the equally magnificent setting of Inverleith House. I’m pleased and grateful to be working with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh who have enabled us to bring this unique exhibition and prize to the city.’

Sir Muir Russell, Chair of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said:

‘We welcome The Cordis Prize to Inverleith House. This beautiful location provides a fitting setting for what I’m sure will be stunning works of art, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across Scotland and around the globe.’

Notes for Editors:

Edinburgh is a world centre for tapestry weaving. Many artists of international repute trained at the Edinburgh College of Art, where Archie Brennan and Maureen Hodge developed a cutting-edge degree course in the 1960s. The presence of the Dovecot Studios in the capital also contributes to the reputation of the city. Organisations such as the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne have developed as a direct result of the Edinburgh institutions.

Inverleith House Gallery, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. Formerly the home of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and engaging galleries in Europe.

For further information contact: becca@thetapestryprize

4. Heritage Crafts Association News


HCA Awards Now Open!
Our annual awards celebrating makers from all over the UK are open for applications. Craftspeople can apply for, or be nominated for the HCA maker of the Year, HCA/Marsh Trainer of the Year, HCA/Marsh Volunteer of the Year, the HCA/Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award and the HCA/Marsh Endangered Crafts Award. Each award is worth £1,000 and will be presented at our annual conference in March 2019. You can apply by clicking the link below – we are accepting applications until 30th November.

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Arts Society Bursary
In addition to each of our £1,000 awards, we are also offering a £2,500 training bursary in partnership with the Arts Society. The bursary can be used to pay for tools, materials or books as well as contributing to training costs. Last year’s winner was Zoe Collis, who used her prize money to continue her paper making apprenticeship at Two Rivers Paper in Somerset. If you think £2,500 would make a difference to your making career, we want to hear from you. You can fill in the short application form by clicking below.

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Cockpit Arts Awards Open
The Cockpit Arts Awards are now open to entries. The aim of these awards is to support craftspeople to start up and grow as an independent maker and business owner. Awards are available in basket making, wool textiles, ceramics, leather, and ‘Craft Development’. Submit your applications by clicking the button below. Applications can be submitted through this month, with various closing dates in October. Please check your chosen awards via the link below for further detail.

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5. Selvedge News

Newsletter No. 37


Premières De Cordée.
This summer, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie…

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Thread Bearing Witness. (not tapestry but interesting community project)
Far from simply being a means to create beauty, art has historically been used to convey a narrative, engage with contemporary events, and to express a shared cultural heritage. Throughout history …

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Newsletter No. 36


A Stitched Timeline. (not tapestry but worth a peek)
Taking place in the iconic Alexandra Palace, the Knitting…

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6. ATA – Administrative Manager opening

Susan Iverson writes:

Dear members and friends of ATA,

Many of you may already be aware that Mary Lane, after ten years, has decided to retire from her position with ATA next year. We thank her for her many years of dedication and hard work for the organization. In light of this retirement a search committee was formed and has been hard at work, looking at the history of this position, while also looking at the future needs of ATA. The Job Posting you see below is the result of this work. Please help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to work for ATA and the future of tapestry weaving by clicking here (below) for a PDF of the Job Posting.

Susan Iverson

Director at Large, President
American Tapestry Alliance

PDF of the Job Posting:


12 September: 1. Masterclass: Fiona Hutchinson, 2. Editor of TW, 3. BTG Advertising Role, 4. Cockpit Arts, 5. Selvedge

1. Making your Mark: a Masterclass with Fiona Hutchinson

12 – 14 October 2018 in Angmering, Sussex, England.

Creating a design for tapestry is just the first step. The success of the work is in how we translate the marks, surfaces and colours in our design into woven tapestry. Capturing the quality and character of the marks is the challenge. How do we weave a pencil or chalk line, a watercolour brush mark or the torn edge of paper? In this Masterclass, led by master weaver, Fiona Hutchinson, you will begin by experimenting with how to create interesting and expressive marks using a wide range of materials; from pencil and paint to charcoal, chalk, ink and collage. Using a simple shape or motif you will be encouraged to develop a playful approach to mark making, exploring your own creative freedom.
These marks/drawings will form the starting point for us to experiment with the translation of the drawn line or mark into woven tapestry.

Booking and details here

NB: This information can also be found in the Classifieds section of our website.

2. Editor of Tapestry Weaver

Sadly, Deborah Leeke has had to resign from the role of TW Editor due to health issues. We all would like to thank Deborah for her contribution both as Editor and Committee Member. Our thoughts are with you, take care.

Deborah writes:

I have had to resign as editor of TW due to health issues. This has been a wonderful and rewarding position and I shall miss it, especially as I have had the support of Sally Reckert, our new assistant editor on issue 24 (to pop through your letterbox soon).

Read more at: Editor of Tapestry Weaver

3. BTG Advertising Role

Sarah McLean, our Advertising Manager for many years, has now decided to step down. We would like to thank Sarah for her contribution.

Sarah writes:

I wish to resign from the BTG advertising role as from now.
I attach some notes which detail all the existing advertisers contacts plus information about costs etc.
The only thing I will do is check with Handweavers studio on the sales of the March issue of TW and invoice them.
Apart from an occasional classified ad request, otherwise the current advertisers will need to be contacted in December to hopefully take out new ads for the 2019 issues, send out invoices and check if they want to change their adverts.
I have included in the notes my telephone number as well in case the new advertising manager needs to contact me.

Best wishes

Read Sarah’s notes at: BTG_Advertising Role information

4. Cockpit Arts – Awards open to applications

Sandie Mattioli writes:

Dear Eleonora
We are once again looking for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community. Would you please share details of the Awards below, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year, which we currently have open for applications with your network?

The Cockpit Arts Rosalind Stracey Ceramic Residency – Open to a ceramicist who has a strong desire to experiment and take risks with their practice; we are looking for makers who demonstrate originality, innovation, creativity, craft skill and quality in the work and concepts presented. Closing date = noon, October 5 2018

The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award ** NEW AWARD ** – Open to a maker practicing basket making; our aim is to welcome a basket maker to Cockpit Arts to start up and grow as an independent maker and business owner. Closing date = noon, October 10 2018

The Cockpit Arts / Radcliffe Craft Development Award – Open to a talented maker with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship, who demonstrates a clear need and commitment to developing their craft skill. Closing date = noon, October 12 2018

The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Woolmen Award ** NEW AWARD ** – Open to a maker working primarily with wool textiles aiming to develop their craft practice and business. Closing date = noon, October 19 2018

The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award – Open to talented makers working with leather who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level. Applications accepted at any time

Applicants can download Calls for Entries and application forms from our website – – or contact me at for further information.

With thanks and best wishes


Sandie Mattioli
Head of Development
(020) 7430 2942
Please note I work part-time, office hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9.30am-2.30pm and Wednesday & Thursday 9am-6pm

5. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 35:


5 September: 1. Exhibition: Divine Sparks, 2. Heritage Crafts Association – Awards

Hi all,

I am currently abroad, until early October, and it might sometimes be difficult to have an internet connection. So please don’t be surprised if I am unable to send out news in as timely fashion as I would like. I would also like to remind all that it is helpful if you send me the information in text format (within the email) as well as on the image. 

1. Exhibition: Divine Sparks

Barbara Heller writes:


I would like to extend this invitation to my fellow members. Can you put it in the enews please


Barbara Heller - Exhibition Divine Sparks

Divine Sparks
Barbara Heller

Opening Reception and Talk
Th Sept 6, 7:00-9:00pm
Artist in attendance | Free admission
Exhibit continues to October 8

950 West 41st Avenue,
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 2N7‎

Gallery Hours
Mo-Th : 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Fr : 8:30 am – Shabbat closing
Sa : closed
Su : 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

2. Heritage Crafts Association – Awards

Are you the HCA’s next Maker of the Year?

Nominations are now open for Maker of the Year, one of five prestigious awards awarded annually by the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) in recognition of people working in traditional skills.

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1 September: 1. BTG AGM, 2. S&W Thanks, 3. Heallreaf 3 – Call for Entries, 4. Voluntary Arts, 5. Tapestry Tour, 6. Selvedge

1. BTG AGM plus Sound and Weave and Rhythm of the Weave

Dear all,

22nd November is the opening of the Sound and Weave and Rhythm of the Weave exhibitions in the Stables Gallery in Twickenham. We hope that many of you will be able to visit the exhibitions as there are some stunning pieces of woven tapestry to be enjoyed, all alongside a very lovely part of the River Thames.

To link in with the opening of the exhibitions in Twickenham, the AGM of the British Tapestry Group will be held on Saturday the 24th November 2018. We hope this will make the journey worthwhile for those who have a distance to travel. The AGM will be held close to the Stables Gallery in Orleans Park School. We will send out more details of the AGM closer to the time, but please note the date. We would love to see you there and it is your opportunity to discuss the next steps for BTG.

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November, alongside the BTG tapestry exhibitions in the Stables Gallery, there will also be a Christmas Shopping Fair organised by the Orleans House Gallery (next door to the Stables Gallery).

The agenda and associated AGM documentation will be available on the website mid October. Travel directions, a map and parking availability will be sent out at the same time.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th November for the AGM and at the exhibitions.

BTG committee
1 September 2018

2. Sound and Weave – Thanks

Here is a lovely response to the video of the opening at Gracefields.

Joy writes:

Hi BTG & Alastair Duncan,

I joined the BTG to see what is happening there in the tapestry world & today I feel very updated.

Thanks for the videos of ‘sound & weave’ !!

As I am a ‘distant’ member of BTG (Australia) it is good to get images of exhibitions, but videos – fantastic !!

I felt like I was there, I just needed a glass of something bubbly in my hand…

Thanks again,

Joy Smith.

3. Heallreaf 3 – Call for Entries

Following the success of Heallreaf and Heallreaf 2, entries are now invited for the next in this biennial series of prestigious exhibitions which is to be held in September & October 2019.

In a change from the previous two exhibitions, we have decided to use larger spaces in Nottingham and Londonso we will be able to accommodate larger works. For full details of how to enter please see the Heallreaf 3 website at

4. The Voluntary Arts News

Get Creative Festival

After a very successful Get Creative Festival in 2018 – with more than 1,400 events across the UK – we are working hard to make next year’s festival even bigger and better! Taking place from 11-19 May 2019, we hope to see a huge range of creative events offering people in every community the opportunity to try something new and get creative in their local area. We would love to have you on board so we would like to invite you to join us at one of our planning meetings in October. Each of the meetings will bring together a range of organisations and networks from the arts and culture sector as well as local government, libraries, and the health and age sectors. We have scheduled four meetings so far, all kindly hosted in BBC venues. The meetings will run from 2pm – 4pm and will include some short presentations and plenty of time for discussion, networking and developing ideas and partnerships.

If you’d like to join us at any of the meetings below, please follow the link to Eventbrite to RSVP:

Manchester – Thursday 4 October:
London – Tuesday 9 October:
Birmingham – Thursday 11 October:
Glasgow – Monday 15 October:

We are also planning meetings in Cardiff and Belfast (due to take place in late-Oct/Nov), so if you are keen to be part of either of these, drop an email to and we’ll make sure you are invited.

Age of Creativity Festival

The next Age of Creativity Festival will run 1 – 14 October 2018. The festival celebrates everyone who takes part in creativity as audiences, participants, volunteers and artists in later life …

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5. Tapestry Tour

Jilly Edwards writes:

This may be of interest for others!

Mastering the Fine Art of Tapestry
only in France!
with Cresside Collette
19th May – 1st June 2019

Read more at: Cresside Collette – Tapestry Tour 2019

6. Selvedge Newsletter No. 34


Unnatural disasters.
As a founding member of several Los Angeles feminist…

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Three Walls.
The inspiration for an artistic theme can come from anywhere…

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