An exhibition of the 12 finalists
The £10,000 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize was launched by the Crafts Council, BBC Radio 4 and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), in order to celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK.
The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibition will feature work by all 12 finalists: Laura Ellen Bacon, Alison Britton, Neil Brownsword, Lin Cheung, Phoebe Cummings, Caren Hartley, Peter Marigold, Celia Pym, Romilly Saumarez Smith, Andrea Walsh, Emma Woffenden and Laura Youngson Coll. The exhibition is in the Sackler Centre for Arts Education.
The exhibition will include a large handwoven willow structure, darned jumpers, a bespoke bicycle, a fountain of unfired clay, futuristic glass figures, jewellery made with 18th-century pins found in the mud of the river Thames and a living installation of former Stoke-on-Trent ceramic workers. We've also got a programme of events running alongside the exhibition including live demonstrations by several finalists.
Clay artist Phoebe Cummings was named the winner, selected by Rosy Greenlees (Executive Director, Crafts Council), Tristram Hunt (Director of the V&A), and Martha Kearney (BBC journalist and broadcaster), and announced in a live broadcasted ceremony from the V&A on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
The finalists were selected over the course of eight selection panels by 29 expert judges following an open call that received nearly 1,500 applications.