York Art & Craft Awards

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In October of each year The York Society holds the Art and Craft Awards which originated with the Craft Awards in the York Fair in 1973. When the Fair ceased in 1984, the Craft Awards continued and in 1989 Art was included. The Awards hold an important place in the Western Australian Art & Craft scene and now attract around 300 entries each year from some 150 artists and craftspersons.

Awards are offered in six categories of Art and five of Craft, also there is an Award for a ‘Young Achiever’ of between 13 and 21 years of age. In 2001 a special, optional theme Award with a prize of $1000 was introduced for the first time. Due to the wide interest in this Award, in 2015 two such Awards are offered, one in Art and one in Craft, each worth $1000. The theme this year is “Light”. Awards are also offered for the best entrants from an Avon Valley resident in each of Art and Craft and another Award is made to a work that best depicts the ‘Blandstown’ area of York.

The interest in the Awards is State-wide and attracts entries from established as well as developing artists and craftspeople. Entrants must be residents of Western Australia.

Entry closure date: 7th September, 2015
Date of exhibition: 3rd-11th October, 2015.

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website: www.theyorksociety.com.au Alternatively you can contact us E: arts.yorksociety@westnet.com.au Ph: 0428 322 167 or 9641 1276.

The Art & Craft Awards exist in order to:
• promote York’s historic, rural environment by encouraging artists to come to the wheatbelt.
• provide a showcase for developing and established artists in Western Australia, encouraging excellence and rewarding endeavour.
• provide an opportunity for the general public to view and appreciate these works.
• enhance York’s profile as a centre of artistic, cultural and heritage significance.
• encourage participation from young people, specifically between the ages of 13 and 21.
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