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:
Entries open: Monday 1 May 2017 (after 9am)
Entries close: Sunday 4 June 2017 (midnight)
Exhibition opening and award announcement: Tuesday 8 August 2017 6 – 8 pm 2017
Exhibition runs: Wednesday 9 August – Friday 29 September 2017

 

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

To be held at the Australian Tapestry Workshop 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Please read entry conditions before filling out the online form below. When completing the form we suggest you draft your text seperately then copy and paste it in. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the online entry form (contact details & submission details e.g. title of work, date, size, medium etc) 
  • Upload one page CV (PDF)
  • Provide a statement describing the work submitted up to 150 words
  • Upload 2 images of the actual work being submitted (a full view and a detail, JPEG, no larger than 1MB each) 

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Works must be hand woven tapestry, defined as ‘a weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts’
  • Works must measure a maximum of 30 cm(h) x 30 cm(w) x 2 cm(d)
  • Works must have been made since June 2015
  • Open to professional Australian and international artists
  • Finalists will be selected from online entries received, there will be a separate list of finalists for each award
  • To enter the Irene Davies Award artists must be in their first five years as a tapestry weaver
  • The awards will be announced on the opening night
  • Any works submitted, other than those nominated in the entry form, will not be considered by the judging panel.
  • Each entry will require a separate entry form
  • The Judges decision is final and no discussion will be entered into
  • The ATW reserves the right to declare ineligible any work that does not conform to their interpretation of the terms of the Conditions of Entry

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.


2017 TAPESTRY MASTERCLASS

In association with these awards we will be running our annual Tapestry Masterclass on the same day as the opening night. Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice will be run by master weaver Marie Cook on the 7th and 8th of August 2017. 



 

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