Young Textile Competition 2018

The Shrewsbury Drapers, Young Textile Competition 2018

                    Monday 11th June - Saturday 16th June 2018

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

Key Dates: Monday 11th June: Take Entries to St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury between 12 and 2pm

Tuesday 12th June:    10.30am onwards - Adjudication

Tuesday 12th June: 6.30 - 8pm - Awards & Presentations Evening

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June: Public Exhibition

Saturday 16th June 3 3.30pm – Collection of exhibits

Competition is open to:                             

Shropshire Students at Key Stage 3 & 4  Year 7 – Year 8 & 9 (combined) – Year 10 & 11 (combined)

Shropshire Schools, Academies, Free Schools & Colleges.  Maximum of 4 students per year groups, Maximum of 12 students per school, one entry per student in current year group.

Teachers are responsible for:                   

Registering students, returning registration by 18th May  

Selecting max 12 students from across the year groups

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

Attending Awards Reception with the students


Return registration form by: Friday 18th May 2018 

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

Forms available on the link at the foot of this page

Competition Requirements:       

Entrants for all year groups 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.  The entries should be divided and submitted as two separate groups of work, as there is a difference in skills development from younger to older students in the year groups.

Year 7                              Max 4 students

Year 8 & 9 combined    Max 4 students

Schools can decide the theme, with each entry accompanied by 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 - Years 10 & 11 (combined) - The focus/theme can be taken from any of the GCSE specifications [Art and D&T]. Schools can decide the theme, accompanied by a written explanation of the key concepts, processes, skills and links to the curriculum for submissions.  Open to Years 10 & 11 combined.

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 on the front of an entry.  Teachers will need to advise organizers to whom each piece of work belongs to.

Exhibits should be ready for hanging or display with suitable hooks, 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:               

Quality of Process & Techniques

Technical Skills and Standard of work (Neatness – Sewing, Embellishments such as Beading/Appliqué etc).

2D or 3D

Complexity & Originality & Individual Response

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).  No larger than A3 if on Boards for display.

Maximum Entries:   12 entries per School across the three year groups

Individual Prizes:     Year 7  - Gold £30 - Silver £20 - Bronze £15

                                   Year 8 & 9   - Gold £40  -Silver £30 - Bronze £20         

                                   Year 10 & 11 -Gold £50  -Silver £40 - Bronze £30       

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

Awards & Presentation  Tuesday 12th June 6.30pm – 8pm at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF

Evening by Invitation:                                 

Student Entrants may bring Max 2 guests

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.

Public Exhibition of work: Wednesday 13thSaturday 16th 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 in October

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.

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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 Drapers Company reserve the right to make photographic records of the entries, and these may be used in publicity, on the website or promotion of their Textile Design Competitions. It is taken that permission is given unless the School advise otherwise.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the 2018 Competition & Awards Evening.














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