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Sunday, October 2, 2022


Deadline: October 28, 2022

It’s crafters’ time to shine! Entries soon close for 6th National Craft Awards.

Are you an ace crafter specialising in the production of corporate gifts, souvenirs, signature pieces or items made from recycled material? Enter the National Craft Awards and stand in line to win your share of R200,000 in prize money for your artistic mastery!

Now in its sixth year, the National Craft Awards, sponsored by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and organised by Art Aid Africa, aim to recognise excellence in South Africa’s vibrant and diverse craft sector.

Entries for the various categories close at midnight on October 28, 2022. South Africa’s talented artisans will compete for 16 cash prizes in the four craft genres of corporate gifts, souvenirs, crafts made from recycled materials, and one-of-a-kind/signature pieces.

In the six years since the National Crafts Awards were launched, they have become renowned for the outstanding quality of entries and the high calibre of judging. The awards have set the benchmark for rewarding excellence, showcasing South African crafters’ creativity and talent, and stimulating innovation in the handmade sector.

In addition to the prize money on offer, entrants will be considered for inclusion in the National Craft Incubator, to further develop and hone their talents.


About the categories

Corporate gifts are a potentially-rich source of revenue for crafters, with business and political leaders seeking high-quality, original handmade products to exchange with each other at events or special occasions.

Souvenirs or memorabilia evoking memories of the places visited are popular among tourists, both local and international, and craft designers and producers are encouraged to play in this market space more vigorously.

Crafts made from recycled materials have the potential to contribute to the conservation of the natural environment while creatively repurposing discarded materials such as plastic to enable crafters to earn a sustainable living.

One-of-a-kind pieces are those items that are either bespoke or that show innovation and appeal in terms of aesthetics, quality and marketability, and do not fit into the other categories.

Crafters are invited to submit entries in the following disciplines: grass-weaving, ceramics, beadwork, wirework, wood, jewellery, paper, fabric painting and printing, quilting, leatherwork, pewter, glasswork, embroidery and mixed media. They may also mark their entries for consideration in the specific categories outlined above.


How to enter the National Craft Awards

Entry is free. Entrants can simply submit a good-quality photo of their craft items, along with their details (name, town and province in which they live, and their contact information), and text or WhatsApp it to 071 621 3597, or email it to

The closing date for entries is midnight on October 28, 2022. Sixty entries will be shortlisted for final judging, from which 16 winners and runners-up will be selected. Visit the National Craft Awards Facebook page or the website for terms and conditions:

For more information, WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 621 3597 or email John Anthony Boerma at

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