The President’s Award for Endangered Crafts was established in 2020 by Heritage Crafts President HRH The Prince of Wales. Each year the President’s Award presents £3,000 to a heritage craftsperson who will use the funding to ensure that craft skills are passed on to the future. In 2022, a runner-up grant of £1,000 is also available thanks to a generous donation from Patricia Lovett MBE.
The Heritage Crafts published the latest edition of its groundbreaking Red List of Endangered Crafts in 2021, which revealed that there are 130 endangered crafts in the UK. Crafts deemed critically endangered range from bell founding and damask weaving to orrery making and silver spinning. Other endangered crafts include a number of musical instrument making crafts, including brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, harps and Northumbrian pipes.
Applicants for the President’s Award are invited to submit proposals to help secure the survival of their craft, which must be listed as ‘endangered’ or ‘critically endangered’ on the 2021 edition of the Red List of Endangered Crafts.
The President’s Award will be presented at a special reception at Dumfries House, home of The Prince’s Foundation, as well as at a prestigious Winners’ Reception later in the year.
The Award judges are renowned advocates of craft skills:
- Jay Blades, BBC The Repair Shop, Jay & Co;
- Kate Hobhouse, Chair of Fortnum and Mason;
- Patricia Lovett MBE, Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association;
- Simon Sadinsky, Deputy Director of The Prince’s Foundation; and
- Dr Rebecca Struthers, watchmaker and 2021 President’s Award winner.
HCA Chair Patricia Lovett said:
“The UK has a hugely rich cultural heritage of craft skills which can be regarded as important as our great historical buildings and treasured objects – all the result of great craftsmanship. However we are in danger of losing a number of these crafts where our research has found that in some cases there are only one or two makers left. Heritage Crafts hopes that by focusing on endangered crafts with this wonderful award initiated by our President, The Prince of Wales, the craft skills will be passed on to future generations.”
Applications were invited from those practising a craft listed as ‘endangered’ or ‘critically endangered’ on the 2021 edition of the Red List of Endangered Crafts. Applicants must explain how they will use the £3,000 award to help secure the survival of their craft.
The closing date for applications is Friday 13 May 2022 at 5pm. Finalists will be expected to attend a high-profile Winners’ Reception in Winter 2022/3. The winner will also be expected to attend a presentation at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland, in Autumn 2022.