The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is now calling for entries, for its 2014 RDS National Craft Awards (formerly RDS Crafts Competition). The annual RDS National Craft Awards is open to craftspeople based in Ireland and Irish makers living abroad and has prize fund in excess of €24,000. The Awards set the standard for craft on the island of Ireland to the highest possible level of skill and design excellence and provide an open platform for Irish craftspeople working in a variety of disciplines to have their work assessed by a professional judging panel of Irish and international experts. There are 20 different categories in 2014: Basketry, Calligraphy and Lettering, Ceramics, Embroidery, Felting, Furniture, Glass, Silversmithing, Ironwork/Metalwork, Jewellery, Knitting and Crochet, Lace, Leatherwork, Mixed Materials, Musical Instruments, Patchwork and Quilting, Printed Textiles, Weaving, Wood and Stone carving and Woodturning. Prize-winning and a select number of high quality entries will be exhibited at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, RDS, (6-10 August) and at the Hunt Museum, Limerick from (4 September – 10 October 2014).
Online applications forms will be accessible from Monday March 3 at www.rds.ie/arts until the closing date deadline of May 12, 2014