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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Deadline: April 20, 2018.

Entries are coming in nicely for the second National Premier Craft Competition.

“However,” says John Anthony Boerma, Innibos 2018 Premiere Craft Award Curator, “we would hate anyone to miss the opportunity to showcase their work and are thus reminding the crafting community that there is only one month left to enter – the closing date is April 20, 2018.

“As was the case with the inaugural competition last year, the 2018 awards are being organised by myself and Bhuda of Art Aid Africa, under the auspices of the Innibos Arts Festival.

“We have made it as simple to enter as possible. Entrants need simply take a photo of their entry next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either email it to or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp.”

There is no entry fee. Entrants are asked to include their name, the town in which they live and their contact details.

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.

It needs to be stressed to crafters that the finalists must be available to attend the awards evening on Sunday, June 24, also in Mbombela. Also, should they not have heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date, they must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging.

The prize money is substantial, with the winner receiving R50,000, and R20,000 and R15,000 going to the second and third placed entrants, respectively. 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.

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.

For a list of judges and other information, including a sneak peek at some of the entries, visit the Facebook page