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Saturday, February 3, 2018


Deadline: April 20, 2018

Crafters have until April 20, 2018, to enter the Innibos National Premier Craft Competition 2018. Entries in the disciplines of ceramics, beadwork, wirework, wood, jewellery, paper, fabric painting and printing, quilting, leatherwork, pewter, glasswork, embroidery and mixed media are invited.

They need to take a photo of their entry – next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either e-mail it to or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp. There is no entry fee.

Remember to include your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Entrants who have not heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging. Sixty entries will be shortlisted, and these will form part of an exhibition to be held in Mbombela during the Innibos National Arts Festival from June 24 to 30, 2018.

The finalists must be available to attend the awards evening on June 24, 2018, at which the winners will be announced.

The winner of the Platinum Award will receive R50,000, the Gold Award winner will pocket R20,000 and the Silver R15,000. There will also be merit awards for the Best Emerging Craftsmen, along with sound financial advice to grow their business. In addition, a Craft Retail Apprenticeship with Tourvest Destination Retail will be bestowed on one of the winners.

A panel of judges with a passion for developing South Africa’s creative talent has been convened including: Harrie Siertsema (Delagoa Trading, collector and art patron), Wendy Goldblatt (internationally-known ceramist), Maureen Waldeck (Brand Manager for Tourvest Destination Retail’s stores and retail brands and a seasoned retailer with an exceptional eye for merchandise), Joseph Mathe (National Department of Arts and Culture: Responsible for the development of crafts), Thabo Manetsi (Director: Western and Northern Cape provinces - Leading in Heritage Development) and Fran Stewart (Craft + Design Institute’s Market Support Programme Manager).

For more information, contact Jan Bhuda on 083 719 1731 or e-mail John Anthony Boerma at Also LIKE the craft competition Facebook page and follow them on Twitter: