This year the Crafts Council have teamed up with the BBC and the V&A to launch the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017. Marking the 70th anniversary of Woman’s Hour, this competition aims to discover and celebrate the most exciting, original makers and designers living in the UK today. The winner will also receive £10,000 at the award ceremony next November. maker-212-image-587e5b7f85b162.46216345_1333_490_c1 Judged by a panel of craft experts, the prize will award excellence in concept, design and process to contestants over the ages of 18 (both men and women) who have contributed to craft in the last five years. The twelve selected finalists will then exhibit their work in the V&A museum, and as part of a planned touring exhibition of all shortlisted work. KiranRaviliousVerbena linen cushion copy This is a unique opportunity for craft makers to receive both promotion and funding for their practices, and will provide a valuable platform for emerging crafters to showcase their work and build connections with all kinds of fellow makers and movers in the craft industry. Woman’s Hour is an excellent show that continues to open the public arena to all manner of trends and topics in the contemporary crafting industry, with Selvedge’s own founder and editor Polly Leonard having recently contributing to the programme. The Prize is open to British nationals and UK residents of any gender, aged 18 years or over and who are not in full or part-time education. The submission deadline is the 13th of February 2017 and further details about the application requirements can be found on the Craft Council’s website. Good luck!

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