Application deadline: June 14
RDS Craft Awards 2017 is now open for online entries. Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.
The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts and Design Fair worth €2,500.
With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.
Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 9-13. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts and Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.
An entry fee of €15 applies. The entry fee for students/emerging makers is €10 and evidence of their status will be required.
For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit www.rds.ie/craft