Woman's Hour Craft Prize


30 November 2018 - 15 March 2019The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester

Following our highly successful V&A Pop Art in Print exhibition, Chester Visual Arts brought the acclaimed V&A Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibition to Chester’s Old Library (30 November 2018 – 16 March 2019)

Chester Visual Arts was proud to present the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize at The Old Library in Chester. The exhibition followed the hugely successful V&A Pop Art in Print exhibition and Liz West’s ‘Our Colour Reflection’ at Chester Cathedral, further cementing the organisation’s ambition to bring great art to Chester.

Showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today, the V&A exhibition marked the 70th anniversary of BBC Woman’s Hour.

Exhibition tour was organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize was in association with BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council.

Artists featured:

Laura Ellen Bacon, Alison Britton, Neil Brownsword, Lin Cheung, Phoebe Cummings, Caren Hartley, Peter Marigold, Celia Pym, Romillly Saumarez Smith, Andrea Walsh, Emma Woffenden and Laura Youngson Coll.

''The twelve Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalists embody the vibrancy, energy and ingenuity of contemporary craft. The expert jury’s already high expectations were surpassed by the astonishing quality of entries, making for some intriguing debates and challenging decisions. What’s without question is the current confidence and vitality in craft. Representing a breadth of material practice and variety of approaches, the twelve finalists are united by their consummate skill and artistry.''

– Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

''It has been fantastic to profile the twelve remarkable finalists on Woman’s Hour. The quality of their work is outstanding and their passion for craft is contagious. Our listeners have been fascinated to learn more about each maker; their background, working methods and sources of inspiration.''

– Karen Dalziel, Editor of BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

“Interesting and thought provoking - it would be wonderful to have a permanent space in Chester for such exhibitions."

“So delighted to find this exhibition in Chester - an excellent variety of interesting and beautiful things.”

''Superb. Absolutely brilliant to see artwork of this level brought to our city''

– Selection of visitor comments

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