Exhibit Competitions

Wrought Ironwork Awards at the Great Yorkshire Show – 2022

Chief Steward: Mrs A Bradley Stewards: Mr Q Thompson,  Mr M Grimes, Mr I Baxter, Mr N Willett, Mr Stephen Lunn DWCF FWCB, Miss M Bradley

Judge:  Merv Allen FWCB

Awards are open to Full Time Practising Blacksmiths, Apprentices and Young Smiths.

Static Competition. Judging on Tuesday of the Show

Entries must be taken to the Wrought Ironwork Stand on the Showground after 6pm on Monday evening before the show opens on the Tuesday. All exhibits will remain on display until the closure of the Show on the Friday evening.

Each entry to be an original and completed work made within the previous two years from the date of the Show. No article may be entered which has received an award at a previous Great Yorkshire Show.

If you would like to enter an exhibit into the competition, please email gys@blacksmithcourse.co.uk

Show categories detailed below.

  • CLASS 1 – PROFESSIONAL/QUALIFIED Single piece of ironwork. Prizes: 1st – £20; 2nd – £15; 3rd – £10 and GYS Certificate
  • CLASS 2 – AMATEUR/STUDENT Single piece of ironwork or body of work. Prizes: 1st – £20; 2nd – £15; 3rd – £10 and GYS Certificate
  • CLASS 3 – OPEN CLASS Single item under £250 or full body of work (no individual item in body to exceed £250). Items entered in class 1 or 2 not eligible for this class. Prizes: 1st – £15; 2nd – £10; 3rd – £5 and GYS Certificate

LIVE FORGING COMPETITION – Tuesday 12th July:

This competition will take place in the GYS Forge building for one day only.

Entrants supply their own hand tools and materials (no preformed stock is allowed).  No power tools permitted beyond initial cutting of stock.  No striker. Places are limited and must be pre-booked, competitors will be given a fixed start time in advance, and will compete to the clock. Entries will be judged after the final timeslot finishes on the day.

Competitors must provide their own PPE; a minimum of safety glasses and sturdy leather footwear required to compete. Ear defenders, gloves and apron are optional depending on entrants own preference and artist insurance policy endorsements.

CLASS 4 & 5 Entries Close: Friday 27 May 2022 
ENTRY FEE CLASS 4 & 5 – £10

  • CLASS 4 – Professional – 3 hour piece -open theme – £50 Cash award for 1st place
  • CLASS 5 – Student/Amateur – 3 hour piece -open theme – £50 Cash award for 1st place

LIVE FORGING COMPETITION – Wed 13th/Thur 14th /Fri 15th July 2022:

This competition will take place in the Wrought Ironwork marquee area.

Entrants supply their own hand tools, PPE and materials (no preformed stock is allowed). Forge, fuel and anvil provided.  No power tools permitted. Time starts when the steel goes into the forge. All entries to be Judged  at 3pm on Friday.

CLASS 6,7,8,9,10 Entries taken on the day – no entry fee

  • CLASS 6 – Professional 30 minute – ‘saleable, functional’ item – No Striker. Cash award for 1st place only
  • CLASS 7 – Amateur 30 minute – ‘saleable, functional’ item – No Striker. Cash award for 1st place only
  • CLASS 8 – Professional 3 hour – an item with a Jubilee theme – Cash award for 1st place only
  • CLASS 9 – Amateur 3 hour – an item with a Jubilee theme – Cash award for 1st place only
  • CLASS 10 – Professional/Amateur – Technical challenge – Certificate for 1st place only

CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE

  • CH1- SHOW CHAMPION  – Trophy and certificate awarded to best static exhibit. The Thomas Hope Perpetual Trophy (see reg. 13).  The winner will also receive a tankard to keep.
  • CH2 – LIVE FORGING CHAMPION – The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths Trophy. This is a
    perpetual Trophy (see reg. 13).

WROUGHT IRONWORK RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Exhibits are left at the Wrought Ironwork Stand at your own risk. Stewards and GYS are not responsible for items left on the showfield.
  • Exhibits must be taken to the Wrought Ironwork Stand on the Showground not later than 8pm on Monday evening prior to the show start. Details of exhibits should be emailed to Annabelle Bradley at gys@blacksmithcourse.co.uk to allow for allocation of exhibition space. Entries may be brought on the Tuesday morning before judging, however exhibition space will be restricted.
  • All exhibits will remain on display until the closure of the Show on Friday, however they may be taken at the end of each show day and brought back before the start of each show day if exhibitors prefer not to leave items on site. Items not returned before the start of the show day will not be eligible for the competitions, and may lose the display space.
  • Exhibits must be collected from the Showground between 4pm and 5pm on the Friday (last day of show).
  • A display table or floor space will be available for all items.
  • Exhibits with sharpened edges/blades must be displayed under a glass screened case. Exhibitors will be responsible for providing their own exhibit case. Dimensions must be provided in advance.
  • All entries to be priced, indicating normal retail price of the item.
  • All entries to be labelled with maker’s name, address and contact number on one side of a plain white or buff card or label (must not be a business card or promotional material), with the category to be entered into on the other side – NO other information should be added to the category side for judging purposes.
  • Entries for class 6 to 10 of live forging competition will be judged on Friday afternoon, items taken before that time will not be eligible for judging.
  • The Judge’s decision shall be final.

Further details can be found in the Great Yorkshire Show competition schedule, regulations and guidelines.