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


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 celebratesKate 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 29August 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 forEveryman 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 toWith 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.

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