The Tasmanian Craft Fair presents a range of awards each year recognising excellence in the fields of craft or arts.

The Premier’s Award for Excellence

Selected from a short list of exhibitors who have chosen to paticipate in this special entry category and who have nominated a specific artwork from their display to be considered.

The work must have been completed within the past 12 months and must not have been previously exhibited.

The winner will have demonstrated excellence of national/international standard, as measured by the quality of the work, to be considered in the context of the exhibitor's overall presentation.
 
Prize: $10,000
Sponsor: Department of Premier and Cabinet
 
The Premier's Award has now closed for 2018 entries.
 

2017 Winner: Peter Bowles of Glass Manifesto with "Halo"
"A work of excellence.  The many processes involved show great mastery of the discipline where Peter has extended the boundaries.

"Halo" would stand up in any exhibtion world wide."


Commendations to:
106/107 Chris Mitchell (woodturner/craftsman) and Jennifer Frost (Jeweller/Sculptor)
Collaborative art project - “Wilderness Vessels”
406 Wendy Voon Knits (experimental wearable art)
514 Geckostrands Linda Chee “Threads”
537 Tarrant Guitars - Acoustic Guitar
827 Emily Eliza Arlotta - Jewellery “Eventide”
 


Stand Presentation Award

Prize: $1,000

Sponsor: Deloraine and Districts Community Bank

Criteria: This award is for a well-designed display presented in an enticing format. Work of a high quality in any price range or medium will be presented in an informative and engaging way. 

Imagining the site and designing the stand to maximise both product and audience engagement is an aspect of this award that the judging panel acknowledge as a challenge for each exhibitor.


2017 Winner: Chris Mitchell & Jennifer G Frost
"The outsanding presentation of these adjoining stands complements the wonderful fragility of Jennifer's work and the strength of Chris's."


Commendations:
707 Seward Glass Design - Virginia Saward
720 McLaren Bespoke
725 Pure Sense Gallery
728 Margaret Vandenberg Art
814 Tassie Dazzle
821 Why Dogs
 


First Time Exhibitor Award

Prize: Certificate and $1,000 

Sponsor: Rotary Club of Deloraine

Criteria: To acknowledge and encourage exhibitors who have never before exhibited at the TCF and who demonstrate innovation and quality in their work, and present it in a professional manner.


2017 Winner: Bridget Farmer
"Bridget showed all the attributes of  a successful participant at the Tasmanian Craft Fair.

Presenting a wide variety of delightful, well crafted work.

Displaying confidence and the ablity to work and communicate with the public in a knowledgeable and friendly manner."



Commendations:
110 I Made it for You - Jen Owens
533 Deborah Wace - Botanical Artwork
734 Gathered Pieces - Maryanne Munteanu
804 Eat Creations - Tara Ropponen
827 Emily Eliza Arlotte Jewellery

Special Encouragement Award:
822 Twin Peaks Cushions - Chloe Steuart (a 12 year old who is saving up for her Vet Science Degree at University)
 


Providores Award

Prize: $1,000

Sponsored by:  Brown Brothers Wines

Criteria: The exhibitor will be selling a product that is processed, and where possible, grown in Tasmania. The produce will be of high quality, with presentation, display and packaging all enticing to the senses. Whilst not essential, the product will preferably have a degree of uniqueness about it.


2017 Winner: Redlands Distillery
"A very high standard of display and customer interaction in a field of excellent exhibitors."


Commendations to:
Joanna's Jams
Rhuby
Venus Confectionary
Kosie Country Made