Entries Called for ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards

Author: Katrina Smit, Communication & Relationships Manager


For immediate release: 24 July 2015

What will David Trubridge think of your design? If you’re a tertiary design students or 2014 design graduate then this is your chance to enter the 2015 ECC New Zealand Student Craft / Design Awards and have that question answered! Internationally renowned designer David Trubridge heads up this year’s judging panel of these unique annual awards. Run by The Friends of The Dowse and hosted at The Dowse Art Museum, the Student Craft / Design Awards have been supporting the emerging careers of designers and crafters for over 25 years.


2014 winning design by William Nicholson.

2014 winning design by William Nicholson.

Entries are welcome from 1 August in the fields of furniture, product and lighting design, jewellery, glasswork, textile and craft and close at the end of the day on Sunday 16 August. A formal awards ceremony will take place at The Dowse on 24 September 2015.

The ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Supreme Award is $2,000 in prize money. The Supreme winner will have their work exhibited at The Dowse and be flown to Wellington for the awards evening. There is one ECC People’s Choice Award prize of $1,000 cash and ten highly commended certificates.

For the first time this year there will be category awards, they are as follows: ECC Ltd Lighting Award $1,000; ECC Ltd Furniture & Product Design Award $1,000; Tuatara Glass & Ceramics Award $1,000; The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award $1,000; Rembrandt Textile & Fashion Award $1,000.

Leading lighting and furniture design company ECC have once again come on board as the naming partner for the awards and have led the way for the new category prizes. Heather Crichton, President of the Friends of The Dowse says the new category awards are indicative of the growth of the awards.

“We are continuing to build the awards with the support of existing and new sponsors. These awards are unique in that they foster and acknowledge those starting out in their design careers. We are thrilled to work collaboratively with The Dowse, our sponsors, media partner Urbis magazine and judges to shine the light on the wonderful design talent emerging in this country.”

The judges for 2015 are Courtney Johnston, director of The Dowse Art Museum, David Trubridge, internationally renowned designer, Federico Monsalve, editor of Urbis Magazine, Anita Dykes from ECC, and Leanne Williams, one of the key creatives in the collaborative art practice of the Crystal Chain Gang.

Entries close: 16 August 2015

Awards Ceremony: 24 September 2015, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Display Weekend: Friday 25 September 2015 until Sunday 27 September 2015, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt


Media inquiries to:
Katrina Smit
Communication and Relationships Manager
Petone Settlers Museum I The Dowse Art Museum
T 04 560 1477 I M 027 7777 127

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