The Alan Peters ONLINE Furniture Award 2021
An annual award celebrating the legacy of one of Britain’s most prominent furniture designer-makers of the late 20th century. It aims to encourage talent in the craft of furniture design and making.
Any woodworker who is a resident citizen of The British Isles* over the age of 18 and who has a passion and talent for designing and making contemporary furniture is invited to submit up to 2 items of furniture made primarily of wood, that can include other complementary materials and that echo the philosophy of Alan Peters. Judging is based on the appropriate use of wood, the quality of workmanship, functionality and originality of design.
Both one-off designs and potential batch-produced designs are encouraged and the piece does not have to be large. Applicants should be familiar with the work of Alan Peters prior to applying and are encouraged to read this 64-page online video-integrated ebook by Jeremy Broun offered free here:
Alan Peters OBE (1933 – 2009) was one of Britain’s most prominent furniture designer makers of the latter part of the 20th Century. He was apprenticed to Edward Barnsley and was a direct link to the English Arts & Crafts Movement. He was hugely influential internationally in his practice, teaching and publications. Above all, his respect and understanding of how wood behaves and the value of hand skill, yet moving tradition forward, resulted in many timeless pieces. He created affordable functional furniture which was made to last, making an art of his craft in some of his subtle innovations.
History of the Award
The original award was called The Alan Peters Award For Excellence and was initiated by Jason Heap in 2010 and the prize was for three winners to have a free exhibition space alongside the professionals at this annual furniture exhibition in Cheltenham.
The award ran for eight years. The judges were Jason Heap,
Keith Newton and Jeremy Broun.
The judges for The Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2021
Jeremy Broun (organizer) - designer-maker and co-exhibitor with Alan Peters 1978 - 2002.
Andrew Lawton - designer-maker who worked with Alan Peters
and on his last commission.
David Barron - established maker of fine contemporary furniture
and long time admirer and collector of Alan Peters' work.
Hattie Speed (guest judge for 2021) - furniture designer maker, educator and founder of This Girl Makes community.
Organized by in collaboration with
Due to Covid19 this will now be an online award event.
Patron of the
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James Long - a 2011 winner of the previous award scheme
1st prize £1,000 voucher from
2nd prize £500 voucher from
3rd prize £300 Judges prize
The 2020 award has been moved to 2021 as an online event with virtual exhibition.
The entry deadline is now 14 MARCH 2021
The judging of furniture pieces will be in March with the online Award ceremony broadcast in the second week of March.
This will be announced in the May issue of
The Woodworker and Good Woodworking magazine around 16 April.
If you already have items made for the 2020 award or are ready to get started for the 2021 award please do not hesitate in submitting an application at any time before the entry deadline.
If you see a 'Let's chat' facility at the foot of this page, please feel free to ask Jeremy Broun any questions regarding this award.
Open to any resident citizen of The British Isles* over 18 who has an enthusiasm and flair for woodworking.
A piece of furniture (indoor or outdoor) is to be made and six hi resolution JPEG images submitted, together with a Word document description. Short-listed applicants will be asked to engage in a Zoom video call or submit a one minute mobile phone video introducing themselves and describing the piece. The fee is £20 per entry, max two.
*includes Northern and Southern Ireland.
Application rules are detailed in the form below:
Please watch the Guidelines video below.
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After sending your entry and fee you will be sent an email acknowledging receipt. If you dont receive an email within 24 hours please contact Andrew Lawton
Award guidelines video
there will be other videos to follow. Keep posted!