Celebrating the most innovative craft makers in the UK.
Organised as a partnership project between the Crafts Council, BBC Radio 4 and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), the £10,000 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize was launched to celebrate the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
After an open call,12 finalists were selected from almost 1,500 applications. They are 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.
Their works will feature in a Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibition at the V&A from Thursday 7 September 2017 to Monday 5 February 2018, followed by a UK-wide tour.
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 featuring former Stoke-on-Trent ceramic workers.
The winner will be 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.