West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call

West Dean Tapestry Studio is pleased to announce the only open call tapestry commission in the UK for 2016. Deadline 1st September.

This is an exceptional opportunity for artists working in any discipline to propose a tapestry to be hand-woven by Master Weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. We invite artists to propose bold and imaginative ideas, no experience of working with tapestry is necessary.

West Dean Tapestry Studio specialises in contemporary design and weaving using traditional techniques. The Master Weavers are dedicated to working closely with artists and have developed an outstanding portfolio of work, including previous commissions from Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, John Piper, Eileen Agar, Basil Beattie, and Henry Moore.

Deadline for entry: Thursday 1 September 2016 at 5pm.

Previous Commission, from left: Martin Creed, Work no.1683, 2013; Tracey Emin, Black Cat Tapestry, 2010; Faye Toogood, Play, 2014.

The Opportunity

Artists working in any medium are invited to propose a design or concept for a tapestry to be woven by Master Weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. This opportunity includes a three-week residency at West Dean College which will enable the successful applicant to work closely with the Master Weavers to expand their knowledge of the weaving process and develop the final design. The residency can be taken in one three-week block or over a period of up to three months. At the end of the development stage the Master Weavers will weave the tapestry.


Simon Martin, Co-Director, Pallant House Gallery

Helen Turner, Curatorial Assistant, Cass Sculpture Foundation

Master Weavers at West Dean Tapestry Studio

Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise, West Dean College

Sarah Hughes, Artist

For more information and to apply online please visit www.westdeantapestry.org.uk