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Entries open for National Craft Competition 2018: R50 000 Platinum Award

Tuesday, 28 November 2017   (0 Comments)
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The CDI will this year again be participating on the judging panel of the Innibos National Premier Craft Competition. The inaugural awards last year attracted almost 800 entries and organisers are confident that even more craft producers will seize the opportunity offered by the 2018 competition to showcase their creativity and skill.

The organisers, John Anthony Boerma and Jan Bhuda of Art Aid Africa, said that for some years, South Africa did not have a national platform to highlight the very best that the country’s craft producers' offer. Both are dedicated craft ambassadors who are passionate about upskilling the sector, they were ecstatic when the organisers of the National Innibos Arts Festival agreed to host a country-wide craft competition under its auspices in 2017.

They have made the entry process as easy as possible to ensure that the competition is accessible to everyone.

What entrants need to know:

Craft producers have until April 20, 2018, to enter. They 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.

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 Sunday, June 24, 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 Craftsperson, 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.

The judges:

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 information, please contact Jan Bhuda on 083 719 1731 or e-mail John Anthony Boerma at
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