JOANNE SOROKA
Founded Ivory Tapestries, 1987

Employment:
Part-time lecturer, University of Edinburgh, 2010-date
Part-time tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, 1992-2010
Artistic Director, Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Dovecot Studios), 1982-87

Education:
Post-graduate diploma (with distinction), Edinburgh College of Art, 1976
Diploma in Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1972
BA, McGill University, 1970

Awards:
Canada Council grant, 2016
Prize, Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia, 2004
Scottish Arts Council Major Award for Individual Development, 2001
Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers grant, 2000
British Council grant, 2000
Hope Scott Trust grant, 2000
Wingate Scholarship, 1997
Index of Selected Makers, Crafts Council, 1992
Elected Professional Member, Society of Scottish Artists, 1989
Scottish Arts Council travel grant, 1989
British Council travel grant, 1988
Scottish Development Agency Travel Award, 1987
Ontario Arts Council grant, 1980
Judges Choice Award, Handweavers Guild of America, 1980
Elected to the Ontario Society of Artists, 1980
John Noble Craft Award commendation, the Saltire Society, 1976
Entrance scholarship to McGill University, Montreal, 1966

Collections and Commissions:
Scottish Arts Council
Amnesty International, London
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland
Chase Manhattan Bank, Bournemouth
The City of Edinburgh Council
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Civil Aviation Authority, London
Weatherall, Green and Smith, London
Okura Hotel, Tokyo
Arco, Berkshire, England
Okura Hotel, Kobe, Japan
Baillie Gifford and Co, Edinburgh
Isetan Department Store, Tokyo
Co-operative Insurance Society, Edinburgh
1st Quebec Corporation, Montreal
Central Office of Information, London
Laurence Rockefeller, Jr., New York
Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Royal Insurance (at the Eastgate Shopping Centre), Inverness
and public and private collections in Scotland, England, Canada, the USA, Japan and Estonia.

Eleven solo and over 100 group exhibitions in Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, the USA, France, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Italy, Hungary, the CIS, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia

Other professional activities:
Trustee, Lady Artists Club Trust, Glasgow, 1992-97
Council member, Society of Scottish Artists, 1995-98
Board member, Scottish Arts Lobby, 1990-95
Crafts Committee, Scottish Arts Council, 1996-99
Secretary, Society of Scottish Artists, 2003-2006
Secretary, Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped, 2008-date
Author of Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique, Crowood Press, 2011

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