The BCTF 2019 Awards will be held on Monday April 8 from 5.15 onwards at the show venue, the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate. The winner of the Platform & Function Award will be offered a special three-month exhibition at the Platform Gallery, which is located in Clitheroe in the beautiful Ribble Valley.
Established by Ribble Valley Borough Council in 1994, The Platform Gallery has a reputation for sourcing interesting and innovative exhibitions. It is the perfect showcase for craft, providing a magnificent array of inspirational exhibitions over the year, featuring local and nationally renowned artists.
BCTF organiser, Margeret Bunn, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that The Platform Gallery is sponsoring one of our awards this year. The Gallery is an amazing champion for the full spectrum of contemporary crafts and this will be a great prize for whoever is the lucky winner”.
The Gallery is divided into four separate areas incorporating; the main gallery and exhibition space, “The Mix” which is a community space available for hire, the Craft Shop and the Visitor Information Centre. It has four major exhibitions each year including the Annual Craft Open and the Northern Star winter exhibition.
Katherine Rodgers of Ribble Valley Borough Council said: “For 25 years the Platform curators have come to the BCTF and been inspired by the wealth of talent showcased in Harrogate. As always this year we are looking to source makers who are making new work that captures the joyfulness and exhilaration of British Craft in all its forms.
“We recognise that the BCTF has been working to promote and showcase the best of British Craft and are excited to be able to offer a prize, it is the perfect environment to find unique independent makers to exhibit and promote in the Platform Gallery. We trust in the heritage, experience and integrity of the BTCF.”
Other award sponsors include: Pyramid Gallery (York), sponsor of the BCTF Award for Excellence; Heart Gallery (Hebden Bridge), sponsor of the Best Newcomer Award; ACID (Anti Copying in Design), sponsor of the Post Newcomer Award; The Giftware Association, sponsor of The Giftware Association Award for Excellence; The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), sponsor of the Award for Excellence in Jewellery; Greetings Today magazine, sponsor of the Greeting Card Award; DesignGap/ArtGap, sponsor of the Wow Factor Award, the winner of which is traditionally decided by exhibitor votes made during the show.
For more information on BCTF and to register visit: http://www.bctf.co.uk