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Bannie Beanie Awards - Registrations Open.

Region: Bannockburn
Dates: Tue, 24 April 2018 - Mon, 20 August 2018

  • Bannie Beanie Awards - Registrations Open.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT - From contrast and togetherness, to difference and distance, to heat and cold, this year's exhibition celebrates how these forces balance and weave communities together.

So let your creative juices flow and create a beanie - a brimless cap, which celebrates this diversity. They can be made of felt, yarn or any fabric, knitted, sewn, crocheted, macramed, woven or mixed media, and embellished with beads, embroidery, found objects...there is no limit to the textures, height, colour, patterns or character-traits of your beanie.

This year, too, we are planning textile workshops to complement your beanie creations. Stay tuned!

Organisers of the 2018 'Across the Bridge' annual Bannockburn Festival are once again challenging all creative spirits to our FREE TO ENTER Bannie Beanie Awards Competition. We welcome all-comers to develop their talents and share their designs and stories, through the joy, creativity and diversity of textile arts and crafts.

In the spirit of the theme, we hope that Opposite Attract for you in 2018.


Opposites Attract Prize - for a beanie that brings together unusual ideas, items, facts and makes something special. 

The Stark Contrast Prize - for a wonderful beanie that contrasts colours, tones, patterns, textures or shapes.

Youth Prize - for a beanie made by an artist 19 years or younger.

Special Tea-cozy Prize - for the most glorious tea-cozy that incorporates contrasts, extremes, or attracting opposites of some kind.

Peoples Choice Prize - decided by the votes of visitors to the display.


By pre-judging day, in no more than 50 words, each entry must have a title, the message of the individual art work, its story and creator(s).


Registration of interest by Monday 20th August to Heather Mc Pherson or by email: or phone 0272298307. You will be sent an entry form and tags.

Official entries close Friday 21st September on or before that date.