The Tapestry Design Award for Architects (TDPA) IS THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN SPECIFICALLY FOR TAPESTRY.
The TDPA encourages architects to reinvigorate the intersection of art and architecture through contemporary tapestry. Architects are invited to create a tapestry design for a hypothetical site.
The TDPA was the initiative of former Chair of the Australian Tapestry Workshop Board of Directors Peter Williams, based on the longstanding historical connection between architectural space and tapestry design. The award seeks to foster new creative dialogues between architects and contemporary weavers, and offers architects an unparalleled opportunity to consider the capacity by which tapestries can articulate, transform and enrich public and private space.
The TDPA is a unique award and the only one of its of its kind in the world. Two tapestries have been produced at ATW as an outcome of the TDPA. One of the 2015 joint award winners John Wardle Architect’s Design ‘Perspectives on a Flat Surface’ was commissioned by Judith Neilson AM in 2016. TDPA 2016 winner Justin Hill’s design ’22 Temenggong Road, Twilight’ is currently on the loom and being woven by ATW Weaver Interns Karlie Hawking, Leith Maguire and Sophie Morris.
1st Prize of $5,000, 2nd Prize of $2,500, 3rd Prize of $1,500 and People’s Choice Prize of $1,000
Exhibition opening & winners announced 16 August 2018, 6pm at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
THE WINNING DESIGN WILL BE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF:
1. Artistic merit.
2. Ability to engage to a high degree with the unique qualities of tapestry.
3. Ability to design a major artwork that responds to a contemporary architectural space.
4. Capacity to celebrate tapestry in architecture, through understanding of materials form, design and collaborative interpretation.
Each entry must be from an architect, multidisciplinary design group (featuring at least one architect) or student in the field of architecture. Entrants must be over the age of 18. Employees and relatives of the Organisers or Judges are ineligible to enter.