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RDS Craft Awards

The RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century. The prize fund in 2017 was in excess of €30,000. Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition during the Dublin Horse Show and the 2017 prize winners are exhibited again at the National Crafts & Design Fair in the RDS in December.


2017 RDS Craft Awards Prize-Winners 

There were 10 categories in the 2017 competition. Basketry and calligraphy & lettering were included this year and in 2018 it will rotate to carving and leatherwork.

2017 Categories

1.            Constructed Textiles (woven, knitted, crocheted, felted textiles, lace)
2.            Embellished Textiles (embroidery, patchwork, quilting, batik, printed textiles)
3.            Basketry
4.            Jewellery
5.            Silversmithing & Metalwork
6.            Furniture  
7.            Ceramics
8.            Glass
9.            Calligraphy & Lettering
10.          Woodturning


Important Dates for RDS Craft Awards 2017:
Winners shown at Gifted, Craft & Design Fair: 5 – 10 December, RDS


This year, Eleanor Haworth won the Emerging Makers Award of Excellence for her jewellery collection, Carapace (below).


For further information please contact:

Dara O'Leary
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255
Email: arts@rds.ie

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