Each year close to half a million people visit the Melbourne Royal Show and pass through the Arts and Crafts section that also contains the Woodworking Competition and Exhibition.
The competition is open to Amateur and Professional Woodworkers alike, so everyone has a chance to get involved, display your work, and even win up to $300 in prize money.
The VWA sponsors 10 categories of woodworking in the RASV annual Crafts competition + the Best in Show award.
There are 9 Categories for entry.
A Novice is defined as: An exhibitor with no more than two years’ participation in that section and has not placed first in that section in the Art, Craft & Cookery Competition at the Royal Melbourne Show at any time. Must not work professionally in that craft, art form or technique.
- CRA159 - NOVICE ARTICLE OF WOODCRAFT
- CRA160 - NOVICE BOX MAKING
- CRA161 - NOVICE WOODCARVING
- CRA162 - NOVICE WOOD TURNING
The Open category is open to all entrants.
- CRA163 - ARTICLE OF WOODCRAFT - Including traditional solid timber, jointed carpentry and joinery. Made with hand or power tools.
- CRA164 - ARTICLE OF WOODCRAFT - Decorated with metal and/or other materials.
- CRA165 - BOX MAKING
- CRA167 - WOODCARVING OTHER
- CRA168 - WOOD TURNING
There is also a Woodcarving category:
- CRA166 - HERBERT GMEHLING MEMORIAL AWARD - WOODCARVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL/SCULPTURAL
Best in Show award
Lastly, the 10th category we sponsor is the that also wins an additional $250 prize money. The category that the winning entry is assigned to is:
- CRA158S - Best Exhibit Woodcraft
|Entries Close||18 August 2021|
|Mail/Courier exhibit deliveries||Must arrive by Friday 27 August 2021|
|Exhibits to be delivered||7 September 2021, 12 noon-7:00pm|
|Exhibition duration||Thu 23 Sep - Sun 3 Oct|
|Exhibits to be collected||Thursday 5 October 2021, 12 noon-7.00pm|
The prize for each category is $50 cash plus 1 year VWA membership.
NOTE: Size of any exhibit not to exceed 76cm x 122cm at base. Please indicate approximate size of exhibit on entry form. Must be able to be easily handled by one or two people. Hanging devices required (where appropriate)
$15 per item entered.
Note: The VWA is covering the entry costs of the first 20 entrants to this year’s exhibition. This process is managed by the RASV. The entry fee will be refunded if you are one of the first 20 entrants.
The Woodworking Competition is in the Woodcraft category of the Craft section of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria's (RASV) Art, Craft & Cookery competition.
It's $15 to enter, however the first 20 entrants who submit a piece will have their entry fee refunded - this is subsidised by the VWA and managed by the RASV.
We have produced a PDF guide that you can download, that will take your through all the steps to Register and Enter.
You can download the RASV's Competition (Schedule) Guide here, as well as the paper entry forms.
You can jump straight into the entry process here.
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Victorian Woodworkers Association (VWA)
42 Courtney St,
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
VWA Wood Design Centre and Workshop
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