Event Type

Call: Heritage Craft Association Awards

Awards & Competitions 11-Sep-2017 - 30-Nov-2017

The Heritage Crafts Association is calling for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries, worth £23,500, recognising people working in traditional skills. Applications for the various awards must be submitted by 30 November.

Craftspeople can be nominated for Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year, HCA/Marsh Trainer of the Year, and HCA/Marsh Volunteer of the Year. Nominations can also be made for the HCA/Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award. Each award is worth £1,000.

One bursary offered with the support of The Arts Society and worth up to £1,500 is also available, aimed at assisting the training of apprentices or those training to become craftspeople in heritage crafts. The HCA/Arts Society bursary can contribute, amongst other things, towards buying of tools or materials, the costs of attending specialist training, buying books or payment for training with a craftsperson.

There is also one Heritage Crafts Scholarship bursary offered of up to £18,000 with the support of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). The HCA/QEST Scholarship is for those who have completed an apprenticeship or equivalent and are of a reasonable standard in their craft and wish to take their training further in order to enhance their craft career.

Harp maker Allan Shiers was awarded HCA Maker of the Year in 2016. Allan said:

"The HCA income frees you up to do some things you would not otherwise have been able to do – the ideas that lurked in the long grass but really needed to be given time. We also used the publicity from the HCA Award for our website/social media and had an article in the local newspaper. After 40 years making harps, it was quite a special moment for me to have some recognition for all the hard work and skills passed on."

 Patricia Lovett MBE, Vice-Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association, said:

"The heritage crafts sector in England alone contributes £4.4 billion GVA to the UK economy each year, as much as the petrochemical industry. But for many years it has been completely ignored and is still not supported by the government. However, these bursaries and awards are a real boost for heritage crafts and craftspeople and mean it is a great time to be working in heritage crafts."

The deadline for applications is 30th November 2017. The awards will be presented at the Heritage Crafts Association’s Annual Conference in March 2018.

Find out more and apply via the weblink below