Rules and Procedure

International Craftsmen's Competition in Stonemasonry
5th-8th September 2018, "Etar“ EOM, Gabrovo
I. Aims
To present and promote the traditional stonemason's schools from the past with their characteristic subjects, motifs, techniques and materials.

To present the variety in the art of the stonemasonry.

To be one of the basic accents during the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts.
II. Conditions
The competition is organized from 5th of September (Wednesday) at 1:00 PM till 8th of September (Saturday) at 3:00 PM.

Competitors from Bulgaria and abroad who have received invitations from the organizers participate in it.

The selection of the competitors is done with the help of specialists, the Fellowship of Masters of Folk and Art Crafts, the National Chamber of Crafts and universities.

To prove their skills, the participants have to make one compulsory article (work of art) and to finish a second one of their own choice.

The compulsory article is a traditional motif from the Bulgarian National Revival stone plastic arts. It is chosen by the members of the jury. The original, from which the motif is selected, is placed at the disposal of the participants. The observance of traditional techniques is stipulated

The organizers provide materials for the make of the compulsory article. The participants bring the necessary materials for the second article themselves.

The organizers ensure equal conditions of work – every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (the first and the last day of the competition are exception).

The second article is made or finished during the competition. After it is finished, it is written into the creative biography of the artisan. It is desirable the article to be with characteristic technique, motif, material or topic about the craftsman's country. The participants in the Competition have to organize by themselves and at their own expenses the export of the second article from their country.

The compulsory article from the Craftsman's competition becomes property of the museum. The organizers reserve the right to themselves to use and copy the image of the second article that remains as a donation to the collection of the museum.

After the end of the Craftsmen‘s competition both articles participate in an exhibition until the end of the September, 2018.

The materials and expenses, connected with the preparation and organization of the competition (transport on the territory of Bulgaria, daily allowances and accommodation) are ensured by the organizers.
III. Jury
The articles, made during the competition will be juried on the 8th of September
(Saturday) at 4:00 PM by a commission of experts.

The results of the competition will be announced on the 8th of September
(Saturday) during the “Master‘s Night”.
IV. Awards
Big award – “Silver cow-bell”, an honorary diploma, money prize (600 BGN) and a right for an exhibition-bazaar in the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar” for the next year;

Special award from the Municipality Gabrovo – diploma, money prize (500 BGN);

Special award from the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum “Etar” Gabrovo – diploma, money prize (400 BGN);

Award “Young craftsman” – diploma, money prize (bestowed in concrete cases).
V. Specific conditions for the participants from abroad
The costs for the organization of the exhibition outside the territory of Bulgaria are at the expense of the winner. In case of cancelation of the exhibition - bazaar, the organizers provide this right to another participant.

The participants in the Competition organize on themselves and on their account the documentation and the expenses for the import of the second article in the Craftsmen's competition.
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