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Richard Johnson launches the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects. Artwork: Homage to CPE Bach, 2003, designed by Jørn Utzon, woven by Cheryl Thornton, Pamela Joyce, Milena Paplinska and Chris Cochius, 2.67 m × 14.02 m, wool, cotton, Sydney Opera Hou

ATW Tapestry Design Prize – enter now

The Australian Tapestry Workshop has launched the inaugural ATW Tapestry Design Prize for Architects. The prize invites architects to create design proposals for a site-specific tapestry, hypothetically located in the Denton Corker Marshall-designed Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Peter Williams, chairman of Australian Tapestry Workshop and founding director of Williams Boag Architects, has called on architects to consider the long-standing relationship between textile art and architecture and the ways tapestry can play an intrinsic part in defining space. The competition also encourages entrants to consider the emergence of new technologies and materials in their tapestry designs.

Entry is open until 20 February 2015. Finalists will be announced in April and in May; the shortlisted designs will be in an exhibition where the overall winner will be announced.

Judges are: Professor Kay Lawrence AM (University of South Australia), Leon van Schaik AO (RMIT University), Brian Zulaikha (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer), Hannah Tribe (Tribe Studio), John Gollings (architectural photographer) and Jason Smith (Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art).