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RDA Arts And Crafts Competition 2019

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Arts & Crafts Competition 2019

Who can enter?

Forming part of the RDA National Championships, the annual Arts & Crafts competition is always an incredibly popular event. Not only does the competition provide a brilliant opportunity for riders, vaulters and carriage drivers to express themselves through art, but also, as it is open to all participants of all ages in RDA, it gives everyone a chance to take part in the RDA National Championships in some way, and to achieve recognition.
We’re always amazed by entrants’ creativity and imagination! As in previous years, we’ll be offering entry classes for both individual and group artwork, and these can be drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, textile creations and new for this year, photography.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to involve families, schools, colleges or care centres, too, as participants are welcome to create their artwork at any time – in RDA sessions, in the classroom or at home.

How do groups take part?

We recommend that groups speak with their Regional Chairman as soon as possible for specific dates and deadlines for the regional round of judging, as it will vary from region to region. Please contact RDA National Office on 01926 492915 if you are unsure of who your Regional Chairman is, or how to contact them.
The winners from all classes in the regional rounds will qualify for the finals, which will be judged on Saturday 13th July 2019, at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. The winners for all Arts & Crafts classes, in places 1st – 6th, will be announced on the same day.

How much will it cost to enter?

Entry to the regional rounds of judging is free of charge, however all winning entries from each region will be subject to a fee of £5.50 per individual entry / £5.50 per entrant in a group entry class (up to a maximum of £22.00) in order to be entered into the National Championships round of judging at Hartpury. This fee must be paid to RDA National Office at the time of entry, in advance of the event.

How will the artwork be marked?

The following marking system will be used for Classes 61 to 67 at both the regional judging and the finals at the RDA National Championships:
1. Relevance to RDA (not applicable to Class 61) 25 marks
2a) Originality/ use of colours and materials (not applicable to Class 66) 25 marks
2b) Composition and eye for subject (photography Class 66 only) 25 marks
3. Overall impression 50 marks
Total 100 marks
(Total 75 for Class 61)

Participants are strongly encouraged to think about the theme of their artwork for the class they are entering. Unfortunately, marks are often lost as the subject doesn’t quite meet all of the entry criteria. For Classes 62 – 67 please make sure that the artwork is clearly relevant to RDA activities, not just a general equestrian theme.


For more information download an entry form Arts & Crafts REGIONAL ROUND Entry Form 2019