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Structure of the RDS Craft Awards

The RDS Craft Awards is a two strand competition where the work of emerging and established makers is judged seperately.

A) Emerging Maker Strand:
To be eligible to enter the Emerging Maker strand, entrants must be able to show that they are either:

  • Students studying craft in third level institutions


  • Have within the last five years set up a craft business.


  • Those who are new to a craft discipline within the last five years, either studying via an apprenticeship or life-long learners on an informal course.

B) Established Maker Strand:
All other entrants whether professional or amateur must enter the Established Maker strand of the Awards.

An Award of Excellence of €5000 will be awarded in both the Emerging and Established Maker strands.


A New Vision for Craft in Ireland
The RDS Craft Awards sets the standard for craft on the island of Ireland to the highest possible level of skill and design excellence and comprises of two elements; a competition and an exhibition.

The RDS Craft Awards Competition:

  • Provides an open platform for Irish craftspeople, working in a wide variety of disciplines, to have their work assessed by a professional judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.
  • Encourages entries from students and emerging makers by judging their work separately and by providing specific prizes to assist their development.
  • Awards prizes in recognition of excellence.

The RDS Craft Awards Exhibition:

  • Showcases the prize-winning and a select number of high quality works from the RDS Craft Awards entries, at the Dublin Horse Show. Prize winners are showcased at the National Crafts & Design Fair in December.
  • Promotes and sells high quality Irish craft.
  • Inspires and encourages future entrants.
  • Displays and documents the exhibition to the highest standards.

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