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Arts and Culture supports Innibos National Craft Awards

Written by More Matshediso

If you are a crafter whose company produces corporate gifts, beaded craft products, crafts using recycled materials or souvenirs, you can now also enter the Innibos National Craft Awards.

Entries for the fourth instalment of the awards opened in November last year, and it is focused on showcasing the excellence of skill among South Africa’s crafters.

Launched in 2017, the competition last year attracted over 1 200 entries, up by over 400 entries from the inaugural competition.

Four new categories were recently added to the competition, following the support from the National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).

The awards are organised by John-Anthony Boerma and Jan Bhuda of ArtAid Africa and are hosted under the National Innibos Arts Festival.

“The department’s October 2018 Craft Strategy Dialogue recommended that a strategic partnership with the Innibos National Craft Awards be looked into, with the aim of using the awards to encourage and stimulate creativity and innovation in the craft sector,” said Boerman.

It was also proposed that a Lifetime Achievement Award be made by the department at the annual awards ceremony.

The first such award was given posthumously to the late Simon Masilo at last year’s awards evening. This year, the award will go to a living legend, the world-renowned Ndebele artist Dr Esther Mahlangu.

How to enter

Entry is free of charge and the entry process is simple – requiring only that a photo of the craft item be submitted, along with the entrant’s details including your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Categories include grass-weaving, ceramics, beadwork, wirework, wood, jewellery, paper, fabric painting and printing, quilting, leatherwork, pewter, glasswork, embroidery and mixed media.

Entries can also be marked for consideration in the Corporate Gifts, Beaded Craft Products, Craft Produced Using Recycled Materials or Souvenirs categories.

The overall winner walks away with R50 000, the first runner-up with R20 000 and the second runner-up with R15 000, while the winners of the new categories each win  R20 000.

Sixty entries will be shortlisted and put forward for final judging and the winners will be announced at the National Innibos Craft Awards Exhibition and Prize-giving on 21 June 2020.

You can email submissions to crafts@innibos.co.za or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp.

For more information, WhatsApp Jan Bhuda on 071 621 3597 or email John Anthony Boerma at artaid@lantic.net