Awards

The Heritage Crafts awards

Heritage Crafts set up the prestigious Heritage Crafts Awards in 2012. We are indebted to our partner organisations for providing funding to allow us to present a unique suite of awards and bursaries specifically for traditional crafts. We are so grateful for this generous support.

The Heritage Crafts Awards celebrate and highlight the traditional living crafts made in the UK that contribute to our national heritage, such as silversmithing, woodworking, dressmaking and tailoring, leatherworking, pottery, building crafts, upholstery, weaving, embroidery and similar other crafts where there is a significant degree of hand skill at the point of manufacture.

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Precious Metalworker of the Year Award

Precious Metalworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Woodworker of the Year Award

Woodworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Fashion and Textile Maker of the Year Award

Fashion and Textile Maker of the Year Award

£2,000
Leatherworker of the Year Award

Leatherworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Potter of the Year Award

Potter of the Year Award

£2,000
Young Woodworker of the Year Award

Young Woodworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Metalworker of the Year Award

Young Metalworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Leatherworker of the Year Award

Young Leatherworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

Young Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Upholsterer of the Year Award

Young Upholsterer of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Weaver of the Year Award

Young Weaver of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Embroiderer of the Year Award

Young Embroiderer of the Year Award

£1,000

Previous award winners

Lucy Barlow – hat maker

Lucy Barlow – hat maker

Sally Morrison – watch dial enameller

Sally Morrison – watch dial enameller

Tom Ball – woodcarver

Tom Ball – woodcarver

Message from the Former Prince of Wales

“As President of the Heritage Crafts Association, I am delighted to endorse this new awards scheme which supports and rewards excellence in the heritage craft sector.

Crafts are such a vital part of our British heritage and I have always been passionately concerned to promote the best aspects of our country’s traditions ― and, equally importantly, to enable these highly specialised skills to be transferred from one generation to the next.

These new awards for heritage craft celebrate excellence across the sector in a variety of ways. They reward those who give so much by volunteering to support the many different crafts, those who pass on their skills, those who wish to improve their craft skills and those who continue to produce great British craft.”

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Swire Charitable Trust
The Royal Mint
Pilgrim Trust
Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation
William Grant Foundation

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Join Heritage Crafts in conversation with shoe maker Deborah Carré online on 30 July at 7pm.

Deborah Carré is an award-winning bespoke shoemaker (cordwainer) who in 2004, together with fellow shoemaker James Ducker, founded @carreducker, where they make handsewn shoes to commission using traditional heritage techniques. They are champions of the heritage craft of shoe making and an important part of the British trade, passing on the skills of the trade to students from around the world.

Originally from Sark in the Channel Islands, Deborah completed an Art Foundation Course at St Martins School of Art in London, before studying Fashion Design & Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire. Following a successful career in PR, Deborah was awarded a QEST scholarship to retrain as a shoemaker in 1997.

The session will take place on Zoom and attendees must register in advance via the linktr.ee in our bio. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.
Two weeks left to apply!

The need for gainful employment utilising a range of practical skills gained through military service is well-documented, along with the mental wellbeing benefits of such employment.

You could be just starting out on your journey in craft or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be a maker who is looking to further develop your heritage craft skills.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of the training provided and the likelihood of continuation and gainful employment. The training will be overseen by relevant tutors or trainers as nominated by the successful candidate and approved by Heritage Crafts assessors. This can include either accredited courses or informal learning identified by the applicant, and the quality of the training will be verified by Heritage Crafts staff before any funding is awarded.

Successful applicants will be asked to commit at least £500 towards the cost of their training in order to demonstrate the required level of commitment, and this will be verified with the nominated training provider.

Our training bursaries for veterans are supported by @armybenevolentfund and @royalbritishlegion and are part of a wider scheme of training bursaries currently available. Find out how to apply via the linktr.ee in our bio. The deadline is 5 July 2024.
Two weeks left to apply!

It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, Heritage Crafts and the City & Guilds Foundation are taking positive action to target this bursary at Black and ethnically diverse groups who are currently under-represented in the craft sector.

We believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, wherever they originated and whenever they were brought here. We want everyone to feel included in Heritage Crafts and our work, no matter how long they have called this country home or what their background may be.

You could be just starting out on your journey in craft or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be a maker who is looking to further develop your heritage craft skills.

Our training bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse trainees are supported by @cityandguildsfoundation and are part of a wider scheme of training bursaries currently available. Find out how to apply via the linktr.ee in our bio. The deadline is 5 July 2024.
Are you a craftsperson working away with little recognition? Or do you know one? There is less than two weeks left to nominate yourself or someone else for a Heritage Crafts Award, with cash prizes and a high-profile presentation in November.

• President’s Award for Endangered Crafts
• England Maker of the Year Award
• Northern Ireland Maker of the Year Award
• Scotland Maker of the Year Award
• Wales Maker of the Year Award
• Trainer of the Year Award
• Trainee of the Year Award
• Community Catalyst of the Year Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award

Closing date is 5pm on Friday 7 June and you can find out more and nominate via the linktr.ee in our bio.

📷: Greg Rowland MBE by Rankin