ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards: Entries close 30 Sept

Author: Steph McDonald, Communications Manager

Time is running out for talented student artists and designers planning to enter the 2019 ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards.

Entries close on 30 September for the Awards which are, quite possibly, the oldest of their type in the country.

Back in 1975 the Awards were established to recognise weaving excellence until they evolved in 1986 into a bursary award and relaunched as the Dowse Art Awards. Since that time The Friends of the Dowse has offered support to New Zealand tertiary students through this award scheme which was created to encourage innovation and creativity in the areas of design and craft.

The ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards for 2019 are open to all tertiary students who are currently enrolled to study this year, or to those who have completed their studies in 2018. The full entry criteria can be found at

The winner of the ECC Supreme Award will take home $2000 and a trophy crafted by Tim Wigmore and his team at Designtree. In addition to $1000 for both the ECC People’s Choice and L’affare Innovation in Sustainability Award, each of the category Awards also carries a $1000 prize.

Those categories are: ECC Ltd Lighting Award; ECC Ltd Furniture & Product Design Award; Tuatara Ceramics Award; The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award; Friends of the Dowse Fashion & Textile Award.

On top of this there will also be 10 Highly Commended certificates presented at the awards presentation on 12 November at the Dowse Art Museum.

The Friends of The Dowse offer these awards to provide an opportunity for students to step into creative industries with a coveted award to their name, and to gain financial assistance.

Past Supreme Award winner William Nicholson, who was studying towards his Master of Design at Massey University when he entered the awards, said his success in the awards was the start of many exciting things for him as a designer.

“It was recognition that my work and design thinking was valid and not only in the education realm, but also in the commercial world,” he said.

“My recommendation to any students out there with a project is to work hard and get your work out there. There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

For full entry details go to

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