It’s crafters’ time
to shine!

Entries now open for the 6th National Craft Awards

Are you an ace crafter specializing in producing 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 are now open for the various categories, and close at midnight on Friday 28 October 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.

 

Category

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

4th Prize

Sub-total

Corporate gift R20,000.00

R15,000.00

R10,000.00

R5,000.00

R50,000.00

Souvenir/memorabilia R20,000.00

R15,000.00

R10,000.00

R5,000.00

R50,000.00

Recycled material R20,000.00

R15,000.00

R10,000.00

R5,000.00

R50,000.00

Signature piece R20,000.00

R15,000.00

R10,000.00

R5,000.00

R50,000.00

Total cash prizes

R200,000.00

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 you live, and your contact information), and text or WhatsApp it to 071 216 8751, or email it to crafts@nationalcraftawards.co.za

The closing date for entries is midnight on 28 October 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 www.nationalcraftawards.co.za for terms and conditions:

  • For more information, please WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 216 8751 or email John Anthony Boerma at artaid@lantic.net.
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Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture