The Kate Derum & Irene Davies Awards is a biennial event presented by the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) celebrating creativity and excellence in contemporary tapestry. The awards are the most prestigious small tapestry awards in Australasia and showcase the diversity of contemporary tapestry from across the globe.
An exhibition of the 2021 finalists will be held at the ATW from 28 October to 24 December 2021. The winners of the $5,000 Kate Derum Award and the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award will be announced at the virtual opening event on 28 October 2021. The exhibition will feature small tapestries from 75 weavers from across Australia and abroad and will celebrate the ways in which the ancient art of tapestry weaving is constantly being revived by contemporary artists and makers.
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.
A festival exploring how craft is evolving in the 21st century
1 - 31 October 2021