Young Textile Competition 2017

The Shrewsbury Drapers, Young Textile Competition 2017

The Shrewsbury Drapers, Young Textile Design Competition was started in 2015 for Shropshire Students aged 12 -16 years old studying key stage 3 & 4 Textiles.  The competition started with 2 schools and 15 entries, and in 2016 we were delighted to have over 50 entries from 7 schools across Shropshire.

Entries for 2017 are welcomed please see the following information.

Information & Key Dates

Competition Venue:  St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1EF

Key Dates: Monday 12th June: Take Entries to St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury between 12 and 2pm

Tuesday 13th June: 10.30am onwards - Adjudication

Tuesday 13th June: 6.30-8pm - Awards & Presentations Evening

Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17thJune: Public Exhibition

Saturday 17th June 3 – 3.30pm – Collection of exhibits


Competition is open to: Shropshire Students at Key Stage 3 & 4 - Age 16 – 18 years

Shropshire Schools, 6th Forms, Academies, Colleges. Maximum 10 students spread across the two Key Stages.


Teachers are responsible for: Registering students, returning registration by 19th May

Selecting max 10 students from across the two Key Stages

Delivering & collecting exhibits to/from St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury on allocated dates.

Attending Awards Reception with the students


Registration by: Return registration form by: Friday 19th May 201

All entries must be submitted via the School & teacher  (Direct individual entries will not be accepted)

Competition Requirements:       

 Entrants at both Key Stage 3 and 4 are to produce and submit a textile mixed media piece that should preferably include ‘wool’ somewhere in the design.

At Key Stage 3 the competition is open to all pupils in year 7, 8 and 9.  Schools can decide the theme, and provide a written explanation of the key concepts, processes, skills and links to the curriculum for submissions.

Key stage 3 – mixed media pieces (preferably to include wool somewhere) for years 7/8/9

At Key Stage 4 the focus/theme can be taken from any of the GCSE specifications [Art and D&T]. Schools can decide the theme, and provide a written explanation of the key concepts, processes, skills and links to the curriculum for submissions.

Key stage 4 – Textile focus with criteria from GCSE specifications (preferably to include wool somewhere)

A title and brief written description of no more than 25 words should accompany each entry – no student names or school names to be shown.  Teachers will need to advise organisers to whom each piece of work belongs to.

Exhibits should be ready for hanging or display with suitable hooks and wires and specific mounting instructions if necessary. 

Criteria for Marking & Adjudication:      

This will be based on the overall standard of the work, complexity and quality of the techniques and processes employed [linked to the age range and individual response and originality of the work.

Criteria for marking will include:               

Size – A3 maximum                       



2D or 3D

Quality – Technical and Standard of work – neatness – sewing embellishments i.e. beading/appliqué etc.

Entries must be accessible for judging i.e. not in glass frames etc. Mannequins/stands may be used for displaying an entry (please note you will need to supply these)


Maximum Entries:10 entries per school across the two Key Stages

Individual Prizes: KS3 – Gold £40 Silver £30 Bronze £20 , KS4 – Gold £50 Silver £40 Bronze £30     

School Prize - £TBC

Adjudicators: Are selected from a pool of external adjudicators, marking against agreed set of criteria.


Awards & Presentation Evening: Tuesday 13th June 6 – 8pm at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury.


By Invitation to: Student entrants (plus Max 2 guests) and Teachers are invited to the Awards and Presentation Evening.

Prizes will be awarded to winning students on this evening.

Afternoon Tea and Cakes are included. 


Other invited Guests may include: The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Local Mayors, Press, Drapers.


Exhibition of work: Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th June 10.30 – 4 pm

The students work will be exhibited at St Mary’s Church with Drapers Company members as stewards. 

A people’s choice survey will run throughout the exhibition.


Why Your School/College should be involved.

The Young Textile Design Competition is seen as a starting point from which to develop young talent and extend future opportunities.  This competition also provides:

A route for entry to the Drapers Company - Senior Textile Design Competition

Recognition for students exam/GCSE portfolio work

An opportunity for students considering a career in textiles

An Opportunity for students to display their work through the exhibition

Opportunity to perhaps volunteer for The Drapers as part of their Community/Duke of Edinburgh style awards etc.


We regret that neither The Drapers Company nor St Mary’s Church can be held liable for any loss or damage to items whilst at St Mary’s.  There will be stewards throughout the public exhibition. 

The 'Flyer' for the competition and the registration form can be down loaded here:




2017 Senior Textile Design Competition
19th September 2017


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