Winners for the Kate Derum and Irene Davies Awards for Small Tapestries announced 

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is delighted to announce the winners for the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award for Small Tapestries.

Ema Shin’s (Australia) tapestry Soft Alchemy (Lily) was awarded the Kate Derum Award and the Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award was awarded to UK weaver Hannah Waldron (United Kingdom) for her tapestry To Houshi Onsen. Cresside Collette was awarded a High Commendation for her tapestry Garden in the Kate Derum Award. Two High Commendations were awarded for the Irene Davies Award, Munaw Poe (Australia) for her tapestry Freedom and Ingrida Ivane (Latvia) for her tapestry Impatience.

The winners were selected by a judging panel including Emeritus Prof Kay Lawrence AM, Dr Kevin Murray & Dr Rebecca Coates using the following criteria:

  1. Strong concept successfully communicated through the qualities of woven tapestry.
  2. Appropriateness  of technique to concept
  3. Expressive  use of  the tapestry medium in relation to materials,  form, colour and design

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KATE DERUM AWARD WINNER:

Ema Shin (Australia)
Soft Alchemy (Lily) 2017  
Woven tapestry, cotton, wool. 26cm x 22cm 

Judges Comments: 

‘Ema Shin’s tapestry Soft Alchemy (Lily) brings together two familiar tropes of the feminine, flowers and the female body, but in such a way that they seem fresh and surprising; the overblown flower form with its profusion of stamens is a powerful expression of the fecundity of the female body. The weaving is technically adept and the shaped forms skilfully controlled so they heighten the vibrancy and expressiveness of the image. Soft Alchemy (Lily) is a beautifully resolved artwork.’

 


IRENE DAVIES AWARD WINNER:

Hannah Waldron (United Kingdom)
To Houshi Onsen, 2015
Wool, cotton, silk, linen, 30 x 15 cm

Judges Comments: 

‘Hannah Waldron in her tapestry To Houshi Onsen exploits the process of weaving used to construct an image from bottom to top, to visually map her memories of a particular place. In doing so she has created a graphically resolved and precise woven narrative composed of fragments, associations and memories. She has skilfully used the clear vibrant colour and sheen of cotton and silk yarns to suggest a journey through both time and space.’

 


 


KATE DERUM AWARD HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Cresside Collette (Australia)       
Garden, 2017  
Cotton warp, wool, cotton, synthetic weft, 30 x 30 cm    

Judges Comments: 

‘Cresside Collette uses the tapestry medium with consummate skill to recreate the experience of being in a tropical garden. By building up the image through weaving small patches of muted colour with sudden flashes of intense hue, she is able to evoke the sensuality of dappled shade and play of light on foliage and water while maintaining the integrity of the woven image.’

 



IRENE DAVIES AWARD HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Munaw Poe (Australia)
Freedom, 2017
Cotton and acrylic 21.5 x 28.5 xm

Judges Comments: 

‘In her tapestry Freedom Munaw Poe has transformed traditional linear patterns from Burmese handloom weaving into the idiom of woven tapestry. The vibrant colour and dynamic structure of her tapestry is a powerful expression of the freedom she feels in Australia while maintaining a strong link to her heritage.’

 



IRENE DAVIES AWARD HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Ingrīda Ivane (Latvia)
Impatience, 2017
Wool, cotton, polyester,22 x 25.5 cm

Judges Comments: 

‘The title of this tapestry Impatience is refuted by the care and attention with which it was woven, evident in the precise weaving of the white tally marks standing out against the subtle warm tones of the ground. The weaving process and the image itself cleverly embody different modalities of time; weaving as an active engagement in the present that makes time pass quickly, and a process of marking the passage of time that ironically seems to make time pass more slowly. Concept and process very successfully integrated.’

 


 

2017 Kate Derum and Irene Davies Award for Small Tapestries

 

THE AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP KATE DERUM AWARD WAS ESTABLISHED TO HONOUR KATE’S MEMORY AND HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO TAPESTRY AS FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND A WEAVER. THE AWARD CELEBRATES KATE AS AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST, RESPECTED TEACHER, AVID SUPPORTER OF THE ATW AND AMBASSADOR FOR AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY. 

THE AWARD IS OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL TAPESTRY ARTISTS.

THIS AWARD IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY SUSAN MORGAN IN MEMORY OF KATE DERUM, AND ALAYNE AND ALAN DAVIES IN MEMORY OF THEIR MOTHER IRENE DAVIES.

 

KATE DERUM AWARD:
A non-acquisitive award of $5,000 AUD

IRENE DAVIES EMERGING ARTIST’S AWARD:
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000 AUD
(for artists in the first five years of their professional practice)

 

KEY DATES:
Exhibition opening and award announcement: Tuesday 8 August 2017 6 – 8 pm 2017
Exhibition runs: Wednesday 9 August – Friday 29 September 2017
To be held at the Australian Tapestry Workshop 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

FINALISTS:

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) is delighted to announce the finalists for the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artists Award for Small Tapestries. These are the most prestigious small tapestry prizes in Australia.

The Irene Davies Award is for emerging artists in the first 5 years of their practice and is supported by and Alayne and Alan Davies in memory of their mother Irene Davies, who was a tapestry enthusiast.

59 artists from 14 countries have been selected as finalists for the Kate Derum Award and 22 artists from 7 countries have been selected for the Irene Davies Award.

Kate Derum Award Finalists:
Patricia Armour, Ewa Bartosz Mazus, John Brennan, Anet Brusgaard, Raewyn Bucklow, Stephnie Cantoni, Chris Cochius, Cresside Collette, Deborah Corsini, Clare Coyle, Heather Dunn, Jilly Edwards, Ilze Erba-Brengolma, Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther, Suzanne Fitzgerald, Alex Friedman, Carolyn Furnish, Pauline Gibson, Kirsten Glasbrook, Brenda Goggs, Melissa Green, Beryl Hammill, Alice Hannigan, Rachel Hine, Elke Hülse, Fiona Hutchison, Anne Jackson, William Jefferies, Dimity Kidston, Joan Korn, Velga Lukaza, Louise Martin, David Mooney, Ann Nauistdal, Judit Pazmany, Liv Pedersen, Caron Penney, Elizabeth Radcliffe, DeAnna Rigter, Deann Rubin, Christine Sawyer, Tommye Scanlin, Pat Scholz, Jennifer Sharpe, Ema Shin, Beth Smith, Joy Smith, Katharine Swailes, Julie Taylor, Marie-Thumette Brichard, Kathe Todd-Hooker, Friede Voet, Renate von Loewis of Menar, Mike Wallace, Sue Weil, Sue Weir, Rosemary Whitehead, Greg Wood, Naomi Zouwer

Irene Davies Award Finalists:
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, Daniela Contreras Flores, Michelle Driver, Jessie Fitzpatrick, Karlie Hawking, Ingrīda Ivane, Caroline Johnston, Suzanne Knight, Maruta Konceviča, Michelle Kurth, Santa Leimane, Kayla Mattes, Sophie Morris, Mariana Ortega, Lynne Peebles, Ana Petidis, Mariana Pinar, Munaw Poe, Shuklay Tahpo, Hannah Waldron, Krysten Watson, Dorota Wronska


JUDGES:
Emeritus Prof Kay Lawrence AM
Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture & Design, University of South Australia
Board of Directors, Australian Tapestry Workshop
Tapestry weaver

Dr Kevin Murray
Adjunct Professor, RMIT University
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Craft writer and curator 

Dr Rebecca Coates
Director SAM (Shepparton Art Museum)
Honorary Fellow, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne
Curator and writer

 

IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS A FINALIST: 
  • Works must be unframed and prepared for installation with 4 x LOOP side velcro tabs that are 2cm square sewn on back in each corner
  • Finalists need to post or deliver their entry to the ATW to be included in the exhibition and award
  • Artists are responsible for the cost of delivering the works to the ATW and insurance or the works in transit to and from the ATW.
  • The ATW will insure works whilst at the ATW
  • The ATW will cover the cost of returning the works to the artists by registered mail up to $35AUD/2kg parcel weight.



 

2015 Kate Derum & Irene Davies Awards Small Tapestries

WINNER:
Marilyn Rea-Menzies (NZ)
Doll
2015
Tapestry, 26 x 25 cm 

Winner of the 2015 Kate Derum Award- Marilyn Rea-Menzies


New Zealand artist, Marilyn Rea-Menzies has been announced the winner of this year’s Kate Derum Award for small tapestries.  The Kate Derum Award is open to Australian and international artists at any stage in their career, for hand-woven tapestries with a maximum size of 30x30cm.  Marilyn’s intriguing tapestry, Doll was selected from a shortlist of 41 original works including Australian artists Chris Cochius and Cheryl Thornton, who both received high commendations from the judges.

Awarded every two years, the Award continues to capture the attention of some of the world’s most accomplished tapestry artists.  This year 75 entries were received from 12 countries:  United Kingdom, France, Latvia, Canada, Argentina, Hungary, Denmark, Mexico, India, United States, New Zealand and Australia. The judging panel comprised former Head of School, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of SA, Professor Kay Lawrence AM; founding Director of Christchurch Galley, Mr Tony Preston; and Head of Textiles, Australian National University, Canberra, Ms Valerie Kirk.  

The judges were excited to have the challenge in selecting a winner from the calibre of internationally acclaimed textile artists.  In selecting Marilyn’s work as the winner, the judges were impressed by the tapestry’s profound visual impact and extraordinary technical artistry with an astonishing palette creating a tension between the precise and measured process of tapestry weaving and the immediacy of modern day digital imaging.  “The doll is often associated with the safety and comfort of childhood, but the intense colour relationships in Marilyn's tapestry also provoke a sense of unease”, says Kirk 

Generously supported by Susan Morgan and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the Kate Derum Award was created in honour of the former Deputy Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop who passed away in 2008.  The Award celebrates Kate as an accomplished artist, respected teacher, avid supporter of the ATW and ambassador for Australian tapestry.  She was a wonderful role model and leader, and influenced the lives of many young artists. 

Marilyn was thrilled to receive the award and said she became “hooked on tapestry" weaving in the eighties and describes a fascination with the ‘doll’ as a metaphor for humanity, creating many drawings and paintings which inspired this small tapestry, the first in a series portraying the human condition. Marilyn intends to use the $5,000 prize money to further develop and extend her art practice which was briefly interrupted following damage to her studio during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The judges awarded the Irene Davies Emerging Artist award to Latvian artist, Agnese Ondzule for her work, Get to know her. The judges also highly commended New Zealand artist, Sue Weir for her work Amongst the folds.  The Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award is open to artists who are in their first five years of professional practice, and is generously supported by Alayne and Alan Davies in honour of their late mother Irene. 

An exhibition of the finalists’ works is currently on display at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne until September 25, 2015.

2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries & Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award - List of Finalists

The Australian Tapestry Workshop Kate Derum award has been established to honour Kate’s memory and her significant contribution to tapestry.

The award is open to all professional Australian and International tapestry artists. Finalists will be invited to submit a tapestry for display in an exhibition at the Australian tapestry workshop from 20 August – 25 September 2015.

This award is generously supported by Susan Morgan, and Alayne and Alan Davies through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.


KATE DERUM AWARD
A non-acquisitive award of $5,000 AUD

IRENE DAVIES
 EMERGING ARTISTS AWARD
A non-acquisitive award of
$1,000 AUD

(to be eligible for this award artists must be in the first five years of their professional practice)


FINALISTS OF THE KATE DERUM AWARD (41)

Cos Ahmet (UK)
Janet Austin (US)
Marie-Thumette Brichard (FRA)
Chris Cochius (AUS)
Cresside Collette (AUS)
Rosemary Crosthwaite (AUS)
Carmel D'Ambrosio (AUS)
Ilona Demecs (AUS)
Jilly Edwards (UK)
Jane Freear-Wyld (UK)
Murray Gibson (CAN)
Tim Gresham (AUS)
Birgitta Hallberg (DEN)
Betty Hilton-Nash (US)
Rachel Hine (AUS)
Anne Jackson (UK)
Ruth H Jones (CAN)
Dimity Kidston (AUS)
Velga Lukaza (LVA)
Lindsey Marshall (UK)
Louise Martin (UK)
Jo McDonald (UK)
Tea Okropiridze (US)
Judit Pázmány (HUN)
Liv Pedersen (CAN)
Julia Rapinoe (US)
Dr. Shubhankar Ray (IND)
Marilyn Rea-Menzies (NZ)
Michael F Rohde (US)
Liliana Rothschild (ARG)
Krystyna Sadej (CAN)
Christine Sawyer (UK)
Patricia Scholz (AUS)
Jennifer Sharpe (AUS)
Ann Shuttleworth (AUS)
Rebecca Smith (US)
Julie Taylor (UK)
Cheryl Thornton (AUS)
Vladimira Filliion Wackenreuther (CAN)
Emma Jo Webster (UK)
Rosemary Whitehead (AUS)

 

FINALISTS OF THE IRENE DAVIES
 EMERGING ARTISTS AWARD (12)

Nicole Breedon (AUS)
John Brooks (AUS)
Michelle Driver (AUS)
Mariana Ortega (MEX)
Joan Korn (AUS)
Sue Lindton (AUS)
Agnese Ondzule (LVA)
Mala Sen (IND)
Ema Shin (AUS)
Jukaterina Sohareva (LVA)
Sue Weir (NZ)
Ama Wertz (US)

 

JUDGES:


Professor Kay Lawrence AM

Former Head School, School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia, member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Tapestry Workshop 
and tapestry weaver.

Tony Preston
Founding Director of the Christchurch Art Gallery

Valerie Kirk
Head of Textiles, Australian National University, Canberra and tapestry weaver.

 

2015 Kate Derum Award Highly Commended - Chris Cochius

Chris Cochius (AUS) 
Tea time / time for tea 2015 
Warp - cotton; weft - wool, cotton,
polyester, linen, tea bags, 27 x 12 cm 

2015 Kate Derum Award Highly Commended - Cheryl Thornton


Cheryl Thornton
 (AUS)
A red square 2014  
Tapestry (cotton, linen and viscose), 19 x 16 cm   

Winner of the 2015 Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award- Agnese Ondzule

Agnese Ondzule (LVA) 
Get to know her 2015          
Tapestry, 21 x 29 cm 

2015 Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award Highly Commended- Sue Weir

Sue Weir (NZ)
Amongst the folds 2013       
Tapestry, 21 x 29 cm

 

 

2013 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries & Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award 

About the 2013 Awards

Awarded every two years, the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries was created in honour of the Workshop’s former Deputy Director, who passed away in 2008. The Award celebrates Kate as an accomplished artist, respected teacher, avid supporter of the Workshop and ambassador for Australian tapestry. 

The exhibition of the 42 finalists, representing 14 countries, was opened on 29 August by Justice Susan Morgan, who generously supports the Kate Derum Award. A catalogue of the finalists work is available through the ATW website.

Many thanks go to 2013 judges, Professor Kay Lawrence AM and Jason Smith, Director of the Heidi Museum of Art, as well as Antonia Syme and Roger Leong, who selected the finalists, project coordinator Sara Lindsay, and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia for its support.

Australian Anton Veenstra received the 2013 Award for Everyman clown, while the work of UK weaver Jilly Edwards was highly commended. The Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award, supported by Alan and Alayne Davies, went to With love… by Monika Beniulyte from Lithuania. The judges also highly commended Ema Shin, a Japan-born Australia-based artist who was a 2012 ATW Artist in Residence. 

The competition is open to Australian and international artists at any stage in their career, for hand-woven tapestries with a maximum size of 30x30cm. All finalists will be displayed in an exhibition at the ATW from 29 August to 27 September 2013.  

The Kate Derum Award is generously supported by Justice Susan Morgan. First prize is a non-acquisitive award of $5000.  

Artists in their first five years of professional practice will be eligible for The Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award, a non-acquisitive award of $1000 supported by Alayne and Alan Davies. 

We are also grateful to the Tapestry Foundation of Australia for its support.

 

Winner of the 2013 Kate Derum Award

Winner of the Kate Derum Award

Anton Veenstra  (Australia), Everyman clown, 25 x 17.5 cm

My point of inspiration was an old English carnival photo, which challenged me to create the dignified portrait of a person in bizarre circumstances without unusualness detracting from demeanor. My current style is the self imposed discipline of the hounds tooth joining adjacent areas: this technique detail has expanded from background to ubiquitous motif. My intention was to evoke a quietly Shakespearean everyman.

Winner of the 2013 Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award

Winner of the Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award

Monika Beniulyte (Lithuania), With love……, 14 x 20 cm 

My work is about relations, about individuality, difference between gender, about man and woman. I weave tapestries like postcards, sending to each other. I am showing two individuals, in two pieces. It is a confession of love.

 

To view PDF catalogue of all finalists click the link below:

 

 

2011 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries & Emerging Artist Award

The 2011 Kate Derum Award captured the attention of some of the world’s most accomplished tapestry artists with 63 entries received.  43 artists’ works were selected as finalists with 17 coming from Australia and 26 from overseas.

2011 Kate Derum Award Winner

 

Judges of the 2011 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries, Jason Smith and Kay Lawrence AO have announced Australian artist, Joy Smith as the winner of this year's award for her work, Chainsaw.

In selecting Smith's work as the winner, the judges were impressed by the wit and originality of the tapestry that took as its subject a quintessential masculine tool, the chainsaw, portrayed with great clarity sitting on a shelf that could also be read as a landscape denuded of trees.   

"The snapshot format, simplified form and expressive colour of Chainsaw take full advantage of the qualities of woven tapestry to create a seemingly simple but resonant image, a small work with a powerful impact, rather like its subject," says Lawrence.

Smith intends to use the $5,000 prize money to further develop and extend her art practice. 

Joy Smith received a Certificate of Arts/Weaving from South West Institute of TAFE, Warrnambool in 1982. She was an Australian Tapestry Workshop weaver for over 10 years before branching out with her own textile practice.  Joy has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Tapestry, Topiary & Time Out at Craft Victoria in 2005, and her work is represented in private collections in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom and USA.  Joy is an experienced teacher, having taught at several institutions including RMIT and the CAE.

 

 

Joy Smith - Chainsaw
2011 Kate Derum Award Emerging Artist Winner

The judges awarded the $1,000 Emerging Artist award to Australian artist, Saffron Lily Gordon for her work, Jack of Diamonds (Jamie).  The Emerging Artist Award is given to an artist who has been practicing for less than five years.

Saffron Lily Gordon is a contemporary artist who explores a range of traditional textile techniques. She knits, weaves, prints, draws, dyes and crochets. Her influences include historical textiles, religious &  medieval art, and myths & stories. Inspired by everyday objects and observations, her work is often narrative driven and characterized by her relentless and obsessive attention to detail.

She has lives and works in St Kilda East, and has been studying textiles at RMIT for the last 5 years, with a Major in Tapestry and Minor  in Experimental textiles.

Chainsaw by Joy Smith, Winner of the 2011 Kate Derum Award