To coincide with London Craft Week (6 – 10 May), The Heritage Crafts Association is hosting its first-ever photography competition exhibition, with the winners having been announced at the gallery opening on Thursday 7 May 2015 at The Prince’s Foundation, London.
As part of their ongoing support for heritage crafts in the UK, the exhibition has been sponsored and orchestrated by Furniture Village - the UK’s largest independent furniture retailer. The competition (and subsequent exhibition) will celebrate the stories behind, and work undertaken by, practitioners of traditional British crafts. Additionally, Furniture Village hopes to help The Heritage Crafts Association emphasise the importance of these trades, and to draw attention to the need to preserve their rare and impressive skills.
The four judges of the competition are:
Charlie Harrison, Director of Marketing for Furniture Village
Jon Henley, feature writer for The Guardian
Robin Wood, Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association
Nick Hand, photographer (www.slowcoast.co.uk).
Charlie Harrison, Director of Marketing for Furniture Village, comments: “Independent and specialised craft-making is an integral part of British trade, both as a culture and as a continuation of tradition through the ages. Supporting this event, and the exciting competition that preceded it, has allowed us to showcase creativity and to preserve an integral part of our society. Judging between these photographs has been a nigh-on impossible task given the high standard of all the entries, but it has been a pleasure taking the time to appreciate the aesthetic beauty that surrounds these traditional practices. I have no doubt that viewers will see these photographs and be encouraged to take up a craft for themselves, allowing them to enjoy the unique satisfaction that comes with creating something while also supporting local craftspeople in this country.”
The winners are....
Craftspeople at work – Lucy Saggers from Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Lucy’s winning entry was entitled “Farrier Tom at work in late winter sun.”
Entrants were required to send a single photograph of craftspeople (or just one craftsperson) in the act of making, or with a finished product. The judges enjoyed Lucy’s eye-catching image, and how it reflected the diversity of crafts in the UK.
The Essence of Crafts – Linda Laird from Kirwall, Orkney. Linda’s winning entry was a series of photographs of Kevin Gauld’s Orkney Chair.
Entrants were required to send a series of three photographs which represent the photographer’s vision of crafts in the UK. The photography was allowed to cover one single craft, or a range of many. The judges enjoyed the connected story expressed through Linda’s three images.
The winner of the Under-16 category was Gabriel Langley from County Durham
As well as having the prestige of seeing their work put up on display, both senior winners received £250, and the junior won £100. The overall winner, and official Craft Photographer of the Year, was Lucy Saggers who won an additional £250.