Building Craft & Design Enterprise Programme
Tuesday 23 May 2017
The annual RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft.
The RDS Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts. The prize fund in 2017 is in excess of €30,000.
There are 10 categories in the 2017 competition. Entrants should reflect their primary skill when selecting a category for their entry. There is a maximum of one entry per person. Please note that a single entry can comprise a number of related items. Some categories (calligraphy & lettering, carving, basketry and leatherwork) are rotated every second year. In 2017, basketry and calligraphy & lettering will be included in the Craft Awards the following year carving and leatherwork.
Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition during the Dublin Horse Show and prize winners are exhibited again at the National Crafts & Design Fair in the RDS in December. The goal of the RDS Arts programme is to provide a platform that supports the transition from student to emerging artist; encouraging the pursuit of a career in visual arts, crafts or music.
21 March: online applications open
14 June: deadline for applications
28 & 29 June: delivery of work to RDS for judging
3 & 4 July: judging days
11 & 12 July: collection of work not selected
1 August: exhibition launch and awards presentation
2 – 4 August: exhibition open to public free of charge
9 – 13 August: exhibition at Dublin Horse Show
Early December: winners shown at National Crafts & Design Fair
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