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The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition

Snuff Boxes, Romilly Saumarez-Smith for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize. Photo courtesy of the V&A.

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 features 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 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. 

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. 


Adult: £5
Concession: £4
Under 16s: Free

50% off with National Art Pass
50% off for Friends of Bristol Art Gallery

Free entry for students and 16-25 year olds every Wednesday (with valid ID)


  • Level entry through electronic doors (to the left of the main entrance)
  • A platform lift into the museum from the main entrance
  • A passenger lift to all public areas except Sea Dragons, with spoken floor announcements and tactile buttons
  • Lift access to the basement area for pre-booked tours
  • Two adult-sized wheelchairs for loan
  • Induction loop at the Welcome Desk
  • Staff on all floors
  • Some seating – we can arrange more if you need it
  • Audio descriptions using DiscoveryPen devices in the Egyptian and Assyrian Galleries, and the French Art Gallery. Available from Reception
  • A wheelchair accessible toilet
  • Assistance dogs welcome

See the venue's website here.