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Kate Derum and Irene Davies Awards

Held every two years by the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) these unique awards celebrate creativity and excellence in contemporary tapestry, and are the most prestigious small tapestry awards in Australasia. The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries 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 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 2021 KATE DERUM AWARD AND THE IRENE DAVIES EMERGING ARTIST AWARD FOR SMALL TAPESTRIES

KATE DERUM AWARD FOR SMALL TAPESTRIES
A non-acquisitive award of $5,000 AUD for established artists

IRENE DAVIES EMERGING ARTIST AWARD FOR SMALL TAPESTRIES
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000 AUD for artists in the first five years of their professional practice

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). Applications will be online via the ATW website.

KEY DATES:
Entries Open: 25 June – 9 August 2021
Finalists Notified of Selection: 14 August 2021
Deadline for Finalists Tapestries arrive at ATW: 8 October 2021
Winners Announcement and Finalists Exhibition Opens: 21 October 2021
Finalist Exhibition Closes: 24 December 2021

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