Lovers of all things handmade and homespun are being called to enter the 2010 Royal Melbourne Show Art and Craft Competitions, to be held Saturday18 to Tuesday 28 September at Melbourne Showgrounds.
Thousands of entrants are expected to once again compete for the much-coveted blue ribbon in more than 180 competition classes, which cover everything from millinery, crochet and recycled fashion to short films, animation and even bark art.
According to Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) General Manager, Exhibitions & Events, Joanne Jeffery, the 2010 Art and Craft Competitions are expected to attract a host of entrants from around Australia, both male and female, from the young to the simply young at heart.
“The past 12 months has seen a resurgence in DIY and traditional hobbies, with arts and crafts shaking off its old-fashioned image and re-emerging as a popular social and leisure trend,” Ms Jeffery said.
“This new-found popularity, coupled with the undisputed prestige of the highly sought after Royal Melbourne Show blue ribbon, ensures we will see another strong field of new and experienced competitors in each of the art and craft events,” she said.
The 2010 Royal Melbourne Show will also feature the inaugural running of a host of new creative classes including: theatrical costume; cultural costume; and photography. Putting a new spin on the concept of high fashion, ribbons will also be awarded for the best ‘decorated shoe’.
“From arts and craft champions to budding fashion and costume designers and casual enthusiasts, the 2010 Royal Melbourne Show has a competition to suit all interests and experience levels,” Ms Jeffery said.
Entry forms for the 2010 Art and Craft Competitions are available online at www.royalshow.com.au
I was sent this above media release today!