Woman's Hour Craft Prize Preview at the V&A

September 6, 2017

On September 5th we were invited to preview the Woman's Hour Craft Prize exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.




The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize was launched in order to celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK, and coincides with the 70th anniversary of Woman’s Hour (but not all the crafts people shortlisted are male!).


The 12 finalists were selected from almost 1,500 applications, and their worksfeature in a Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibition at the V&A, followed by a UK-wide tour. The winner will be and  on Wednesday 8 November 2017.


The 12 finalists 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.



Some of our favourites pieces in the exhibition were:


Celia Pym's colourful darning, taking worn garments that have meaning to the original owner, creating pieces that speak of the human experience. 

Making upcycling into art, we loved the very personal touch of these!

‘Where Holes Happen’ Celia Pym for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London




Neil Brownsword's ceramic installation, where clay flowers were made live by a skilled craftsperson, and then discarded onto a pile; representing the sad decline of skilled crafts in the rise of mass production.

As lovers of everything soulful and hand made, we liked this sentiment of showing a dislike for thoughtless mass produced items!

‘Factory’ by Neil Brownsword for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London




Phoebe Cummings sculptures created from raw clay. A temporary work, only meant to last the duration of the exhibition, as water cascades over the pieces change shape.

The clay then being reclaimed and reused, another piece with an aspect of upclycling!

‘Triumph of the Immortal’ Phoebe Cummings for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London





Lin Cheung's witty jewellery, questioning the uses and meanings of a jewellery item, exploring its role in adornment,  identity, memory and emotion.


'Delayed Reactions’ series by Lin Cheung for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London





Discover more information on the exhibition here.


On now until Monday, 5 February 2018

Victoria and Albert Museum, Sackler Centre for arts education, Room 220

Free Entry



Credit: BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, in collaboration with the V&A and the Crafts Council

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