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Forgemasters sponsors metal design award

29 October 2009

Sheffield Forgemasters has sponsored a national creative award to highlight the finest examples of contemporary metal design in the country.

The Museums Sheffield Metalwork Design Award 2010 offers artists and craftsmen from across the UK to chance to win a £10,000 prize and showcase their finest work.

Designers have from Monday November 2 until October next year to submit entries which will be judged by panellists including the Duke of Devonshire, director of the Crafts Council Rosy Greenlees and Corin Mellor of David Mellor Design.

Chief executive of Museums Sheffield Nick Dodd said: "The Museums Sheffield Metalwork Design Award is a testament to the skill and creativity of artists and makers who continue to push the boundaries of their design practice.

"The 2008 award entries showed both inspiration and innovation and we hope that 2010 sets new standards in design and artistry.

"Sheffield has a rich heritage of metalwork production and is a fitting home for this national prize honouring the finest talents in contemporary metal design."

The deadline for draft proposals is March next year, following which the panel will select a shortlist of 12 makers who will be invited to realise their designs.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: "Sheffield has long been associated with the best metalworking skills in the world and it is only right that Forgemasters, as the UK's last independently owned large-scale steel engineering company, should be associated with this award, which rewards innovation and creativity."

Shortlisted works will go on display at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery in October 2010, with the winner announced at an awards ceremony later that month.