An award is available for a heritage craftsperson in the UK who has demonstrated outstanding ability in their chosen craft.
The winner will be awarded £1,000.
This scheme is part of a suite of awards and bursaries that give recognition to those working in the field of traditional skills. This awards scheme celebrates and highlights traditional living crafts that contribute to the national heritage of the United Kingdom. This may include crafts such as weaving, wood turning, basket making, furniture making and upholstery, shoe making, metal, stone and clay crafts, embroidery, knitting and lace making, lettering and boat building.
The intention behind this award is to give recognition to an outstanding heritage craftsperson who has made a significant contribution to the world of crafts. It is expected that the winner will have made a contribution that goes beyond the ordinary. This could either be through a lifetime's work dedicated to a particular traditional skill or could otherwise be through making an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of their craft.
Information regarding restrictions has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information.
It is expected that the winner of this award will be a person who creates excellent work and has done so for a significant amount of time. They should be well regarded amongst their craft peers. However, this person does not need to be creating glamorous or high end craft and simple, humble crafts will be equally considered.
Match funding is not applicable to this award scheme.
This award scheme is currently closed to applications. The last deadline was 30 November 2016. Information regarding any future deadlines will be given once available.
Anyone can nominate for this award, including the maker themselves. Interested parties should download the appropriate nomination from the Heritage Crafts Association website. It is preferred that applicants type directly into the form however they may also print the form and hand write it. Once completed, the form should be returned by or before the stated deadline. Applicants are advised to not send any additional information such as leaflets and CVs.
The application schedule is as follows:
- The Heritage Crafts Association will send an email to the proposer or nominee that will acknowledge receipt of the nomination form.
- The Heritage Crafts Association may contact the referees if the nominee is shortlisted.
- Proposers and nominees will be informed by email of the outcome.
- The awards will be presented at the Heritage Crafts Association's Annual Conference on Saturday 6 May 2017. This conference will take place in London and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a cheque. Finalists will also be presented with certificates.