The Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020
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 emerging talent in the craft of furniture design and making.
Any woodworker who is a resident UK citizen 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. Here are some of the winning pieces. The judges were Jason Heap, Keith Newton and Jeremy Broun.
The judges for The Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020
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 of Alan Peters.
Organized by in collaboration with
James Long - a 2011 winner
ENTRY DATE POSTPONED Use LOCKDOWN creatively!
1st prize £1,000 voucher from
2nd prize £500 voucher from
3rd prize £300 Judges prize
Winning pieces will be exhibited at
and then at The
Gallery & Museum).
Award deadline postponed but please use lockdown time to work on entries £20 entry fee. Max 2 entries.
Judging at Axminster postponed
Exhibition at Nuneaton store postponed
Exhibition at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham postponed
Please watch the Guidelines video
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Size of entries. Large and heavy items are discouraged. Please email the organizer for guidance if in doubt.
Dates: Shortlisted pieces delivered to Axminster Nuneaton Store postponed
Collect from Axminster postponed
Cheltenham gallery deliver and collect to be confirmed.
Award Entry Guidelines
postponed but please use Lockdown to create an entry