BITA: The Emerging Talent Award

bitanewThe British Interior Textiles  Association
You are invited to enter the Emerging Talent Award competition, set up to identify the most talented furnishing fabric designers of the year, who are still completing a degree in surface pattern or textile design or have completed their degree or have already commenced work in the industry within the last 3 years. The award will be presented at the BITA September Showcase, 5 – 22th September 2013.

The first place winner will receive £1,000 and a week’s placement in the design studio at Prestigious Textiles – one of the UK’s top furnishing brands.
Second place winner will receive £500
Third place winner will receive £250

The prizes will be presented during the BITA SEPTEMBER SHOWCASE at one of the 7 venues by the judges and Vice Chairman of Bita – Diane Harding.

The winners will have their work exhibited at the show along with the work of up to 10 short-listed designers. Other benefits will include free publicity and exposure to the industry via the trade media. Deadline: Wednesday July 31st 2013.The brief : What do you have to do?
1.Complete an entry form – which you can obtain from

2. Submit a maximum of 3 different designs, which can take any form e.g. drawings, CAD print outs, paintings, samples of textiles – woven, printed, knitted or embroidered etc. – which you have personally created within the last year.

3. Although the designs do not need to be in repeat – they should be suitable for at least one furnishing textile product, e.g. upholstery, curtains, window blinds, wall hangings, passementerie, bedding or table linen.

4. Each design should be a maximum of A1 in size, but you can supply them mounted or unmounted. We recommend the designs work as a collection and can be used in the same room for different products – but this does not have to be the case.

5. Designs do not have to have been created especially for the competition, but the copyright must belong to you or to the company you presently work for (if this is the case, you must provide a letter of agreement, from a director of the company, that you may use the design/s to participate in this competition and that they agree to the work being exhibited under your name, not the company’s).

6. Submissions must be delivered to Norfolk House, 134 Dunthorne Way, Grange Farm, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK8 0LW by Wednesday 31 July at the latest, along with a completed application form, your CV and a photograph of yourself.

7. Each design must be labelled at the back with a clear description attached with intended end use with your name and address.

8. Judging will take place from during August and all applicants will be informed of the results by 31 August.

9. Unsuccessful candidates – may collect their work during September or have it returned to them by the end of September. We will send artwork back by recorded delivery but if it is lost we cannot take responsibility.

10. All short listed designers as well as the winners will have their work exhibited at the BITA SHOWCASE – FREE OF CHARGE (between 5 – 22 September 2013) and they may collect it or have it returned by end October.

11. The winners will be required to attend the BITA Showcase exhibition on one of the dates where the award will be presented. So please keep one of the show dates free in your diary (see

12. The judges’ decision will be final and legally binding on all entrants and no correspondence can be entered into.

They look forward to receiving your application and design work and should you need any advice or information in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact Diane  on

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