Australian Celtic Cultural Awards

About the Australian
Celtic Cultural Awards

The Australian Celtic Cultural Awards is held at the Australian Celtic Festival from Saturday 6 May until Sunday 7 May 2023.

These awards feature the categories of fashion, arts, crafts, ancestral skills and literature, which are all proving to be a strong part of popular culture and design all over the world. A connection to the past, Celtic mythology and Celtic traditions have become an evocative world for new audiences, seeing Celtic creativity making a resurgence.

This year, we are planning on a worldwide flavour, incorporating the Glen Innes International Celtic Art Festival and charity auction. Across various venues, we are hoping you will feel inspired by the traditional and contemporary Celtic-infused artworks. 

There will also be one overall winner (over all categories) who will receive the Celtic Cultural Award Prize.

What We're Looking For

Fashion Awards

Celtic fashion, including accessories from vintage, contemporary, historical or somewhere in between. It can be anything from a full outfit to a leather belt, embroidered handkerchief, knitted jumper, handwoven shawl or jewellery.

If you weave or knit, are a leatherworker or seamstress and you would like to give a demonstration or talk on your craft please let us know at petergrimesatacf@gmail.com 

Successful entries will be displayed in the Australian Celtic Cultural Awards marquee at the Australian Standing Stones during the festival. Winners will be announced at the Celtic Cultural Awards Emerald Marquee from 12pm to 1pm Saturday 6 May 2023. 

There will also be a ‘Fashions Around The Stones’ parade, which will be held at the Crystal Dance Marquee at 1pm on Saturday 6 May 2023. The Festival encourages visitors to dress up and get in the spirit of the festival. Fashion judges will be roaming the festival handing out tokens for best-dressed entries. If you are selected, you will be in the running to win an Australian Celtic Festival Official Merchandise Pack and runners-up prizes.

Entry in the 2023 Australian Celtic Cultural Awards  – Fashion is FREE

Entry forms (not article) need to be received by 5pm 17 March 2023. Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category. Arrangements for delivery and pick-up of your entry will be organised through the Fashion & Craft Awards Ambassador who will be in touch.

Celtic Art & Photography Awards

Do you feel the singing of Celtic blood in your veins? Inspired by The Book of Kells or the Highlands of Scotland, the prehistoric landscapes of Brittany and Ireland or the mountains of Wales? We would love for you to share your Celtic and Celtic-inspired artworks, paintings, drawings, carvings, photographs, and pottery (or whatever your artwork medium) with us! 

If you would like to give a demonstration or talk on your Celtic art or photographic process, please let us know at petergrimesatacf@gmail.com

Successful entries will be displayed in the Australian Celtic Cultural Awards marquee at the Australian Standing Stones during the festival. Winners will be announced at the Celtic Cultural Awards Emerald Marquee from 12pm to 1pm Saturday 6 May 2023. 

Entry in the 2023 Australian Celtic Cultural Awards  – Art & Photography is FREE

Entry forms (not article) need to be received by 5pm 17 March 2023. Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category. Arrangements for delivery and pick-up will be organised through the Celtic Art & Photography Ambassador who will be in touch.

Celtic Poetry & Prose Awards

Are you a poet or a storyteller? Do you feel the awe of the ancient bards in your heart? Inspired by tales of Cu Chulainn and King Arthur, the works of Taliesin or The Mabinogion? We would love you to share your new Celtic myths, tales of heroes and gods, laments for the old country, or odes to fair maidens, whiskey and pipes with us.

Successful entries will be displayed in the Australian Celtic Cultural Awards marquee at the Australian Standing Stones during the festival. Winners will be announced at the Celtic Cultural Awards Emerald Marquee from 12pm to 1pm Saturday 6 May 2023. 

Entry forms need to be received by 5pm 1 March 2023. Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category. All entries are limited to 1,500 words. 

Entries can be emailed directly to petergrimesatacf@gmail.com or mailed/delivered in person to the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, 152 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370. Please mark attention to the Australian Celtic Festival – Celtic Poetry & Prose Awards. 

Entries can be in Irish or Scots Gaelic, but please supply translation. 

If you would like to be part of the Poets Breakfast, which is held at 9am at the festival site on Saturday 6 May, please contact drnigel.brown@gmail.com and book your place or just come along and listen.

All entrants will be notified of the outcome of the judge’s decision by phone and email. Entries will not be returned but can be picked up at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre until 1 June 2023.

The Glen Innes International Celtic Art Festival

At Gawura Gallery, a juried exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Celtic Cultural Awards, bringing you the best of today’s Celtic artists from around the world.

For more information about the awards or festival, please subscribe to the Australian Celtic Festival newsletter, revisit the website or email petergrimesatacf@gmail.com.

Please note: This event is subject to change.


Australian Celtic Cultural Award Entries

  • Category 1 - Fashion (Wearable Garments)

    Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category.
    If yes, we will contact you separately about this event.
  • Category 2 - Accessories (Millinery, Leatherwork, Embroidery, etc.)

    Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category.
  • Category 3 - Celtic Craft

    Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category.
  • Category 4 - Celtic Art (all mediums)

    Limit size to 50cm x 80cm including frames. Unframed art will be pinned, framed art needs to have wire or cord securely attached to the back to hang from. Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category.
  • Category 5 - Celtic Photography

    Limit size to 50cm x 80cm including frames. Unframed art will be pinned, framed art needs to have wire or cord securely attached to the back to hang from. Limit of 2 entries per person in any one category.
  • Category 6 - Celtic Poetry & Prose

  • Hold a workshop or be part of the Celtic Symposium

    We're providing opportunities for participants in the Celtic Cultural Awards to hold a cultural workshop or demonstration as part of our 2023 Australian Celtic Festival.
  • Please provide the name and topic of the workshop/demonstration you can hold, including Name & Topic.
  • Volunteer at the 2023 festival