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Tapestry Design Prize for Architects

Tapestry Design Prize for Architects

The $10,000 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is a unique international award that encourages innovation and visionary thinking by challenging architects to design contemporary tapestries.

The Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is generously supported by Metal Manufactures Limited, Architecture Media and Creative Victoria.

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About the Prize

Since 2015 the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects has fostered exciting new creative dialogues between architects and tapestry weavers. From architectural students to globally recognised firms, the Prize has received over 500 tapestry design entries. The initiative of architect and former ATW Board Chair, Peter Williams AM, the prize celebrates the rich historical connection between architectural space and tapestry design.

Previous hypothetical design sites include Phoenix Central Park (2021) – winner Ground Under Repair, Pharos Wing, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (MONA) (2018) – winner Pop Architecture + Hotham Street Ladies, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2016) – winner Justin Hill, Australian Pavilion in the Giardini, Venice (2015) – joint winner John Wardle Architects (2015) + Kristin Green Architects + Michelle Hamer.

In 2020, the Australian Tapestry Workshop was acknowledged for its significant contribution to architecture internationally with the Australian Institute of Architecture’s International Chapter Council awarding Director, Antonia Syme AM the prestigious William J Mitchell Prize.

Two Tapestry Design Prize for Architects winners have been woven by the Australian Tapestry Workshop. ‘Perspectives on a Flat Surface’ designed by John Wardle Architects was commissioned by Judith Neilson AM in 2016. Justin Hill’s design ‘22 Temenggong Road, Twilight’ was woven in 2018.

2023 PRIZE

WINNER: Beth George and Emerald Wise - 'Solstice'

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‘Time Shouts’ by Ground under repair. Winning design of TDPA 2021.

2021 PRIZE

WINNER: Ground Under Repair - 'Time Shouts'

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Pop Architecture + Hotham Street Ladies 'Chaos and Fertility'. Winner 2018 TDPA.

2018 PRIZE

WINNER: Pop Architecture and Hotham Street Ladies - 'Chaos and Fertility'

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’22 Temenggong Road, Twilight’ 2018, designed by Justin Hill, woven by Karlie Hawking, Sue Batten, Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Leith Maguire, Sophie Morris & Cheryl Thornton, wool and cotton, 2.35 x 3.54m.


WINNER: Justin Hill - '22 Temenggong Road, Twilight'

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JOINT WINNER'S: John Wardle Architects & KGA Architecture (Kristin Green) & Michelle Hamer

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