1) ELIGIBILITY: The awards are open to anyone in the United Kingdom engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials.

a.       U.K. Colleges & Universities – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
In light of the current travel restrictions due to Covid-19, we understand that many international students who were studying at a U.K college or university may have had to return home early, or are unable to return to the U.K. to complete their studies this academic year.

For the 2020/21 Competition we will therefore be accepting entries from international students who:

  • Are currently enrolled in a course at a UK University or College; or
  • Were enrolled in a course at a UK University or College for the academic year 2019/20; and
  • May not be residing in the U.K. due to the current travel restrictions.

Work must have been completed in the UK within the 12 months preceding the closing dates for entries.

3) CLOSING DATES: All entries MUST be submitted online in the specified digital format by midnight on 28 February 2021.

Selected entries may be invited to deliver or post their work for the final Judging rounds in April 2021. Details of this secondary ‘Submission Stage’ will be released when the Application Portal is launched in November 2020.

4) HOW TO ENTER: All completed entries should receive a confirmation email. The deadlines specified are final and there are no extensions. Judging will start soon afterwards.  

5) MULTIPLE ENTRIES: Entrants may submit multiple entries in any appropriate section/s. Where more than one entrant is involved in the making/setting/polishing for example in the same piece/s, separate applications are required for this.

6) ENTRY REQUIRMENTS: Every section and each brief will have specific entry criteria. Your Entry must meet the following criteria:
a.     Must be your own original work.
b.     May be collaborative and if so, you must have all required consents and approvals upon submission.
c.     Submissions must not contain any defamatory, obscene, racist or indecent references or content.

7) INSURANCE: The Council accepts liability for physical loss or damage to entries not exceeding £1,000 in value only to the extent of the indemnity received from its insurance with T.H. March & Co. Ltd. and subject to the conditions of that policy. The insurance only covers goods in the care of the Council. Any claim against the Council must be made within four weeks of the last date for collection . ITEMS WHICH EXCEED £1,000 IN VALUE SHOULD BE INSURED BY THE ENTRANT as the Council accepts no liability for loss or damage to them howsoever caused. If your entry is valued above £1000 and you require further information to insure your work, please do contact us at info@craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk

In the event of difficulties, please contact T.H. March, tel. 01732 462 886.

8) ‘SENIOR & JUNIOR ENTRIES’: If you are undergoing training on a recognised full or part time course of study or undertaking a registered apprenticeship you will be defined as a ‘Junior’. For students only, this includes a period of three years after completing your formal studies. All other entrants will be classed as ‘Senior’.

9) JUDGING: Entries in each section will be primarily judged online by specialist industry experts, and then with selected entries, in person . Entrant names will not be disclosed to the judges. They will also be asked to nominate work to go forward to the special, major and premier awards and for a potential exhibition, as well as providing feedback on their specific section. More info on judging here.

10) AWARDS: Judges may give Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards appropriate to Councils benchmark standards.

11) MULTIPLE AWARDS: When an entrant has submitted more than one entry in the same section it is possible that judges may select the same entrant for more than one award. There is no restriction on the number of awards the same entrant may receive.

12) WITHHOLDING AWARDS: Judges may choose not to give awards in any section if they consider the quality of the entries to be of insufficient merit. Therefore, the Council gives no guarantee that all the available prizes will be awarded. The Council also reserves the right to withhold any award for an entry not made available for a potential exhibition.

13) EXHIBITION: Due to Covid restrictions we will be unable to stage our awards exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall this time, but we are planning to present a small selection of award-winning work at Birmingham Assay Office. Details of this will follow.  

14) COLLECTION OF ENTRIES: If entrants are invited to submit their entries for the physical judging sessions, details on the collection procedure and guidelines for collection will be released in due course. 


Details to be released in due course.


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