RDS Craft Awards
The annual 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 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 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.
For more information please reference the structure of the RDS Craft Awards 2017. Prospective entrants should read the RDS Craft Awards rules of entry.
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.
1. Constructed Textiles (woven, knitted, crocheted, felted textiles, lace)
2. Embellished Textiles (embroidery, patchwork, quilting, batik, printed textiles)
5. Silversmithing & Metalwork
9. Calligraphy & Lettering
Important Dates for RDS Craft Awards 2017:
Winners shown at National Crafts & Design Fair: 5 – 10 December
This year, Eleanor Haworth won the Emerging Makers Award of Excellence for her jewellery collection, Carapace (below).
For further information please contact:
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255