Award for Excellence in Stonemasonry  

The 2017 Duke of Gloucester Award for Excellence in Stonemasonry, which is supported jointly by the Masons’ Company and the Stone Federation Great Britain, is an accolade for a stonemason with between two and nine years’ post-qualification experience, who has shown high standards in all aspects of stonemasonry and has a portfolio of projects which illustrate their work.

The mason will be someone who has gone through a recognised apprenticeship for their craft achieving City & Guilds Craft and advanced or NVQ3 at an approved college. The Craftsman or woman will have had at least two years’ experience in their craft after qualification; be working in the United Kingdom;  and be an employee or self-employed.

Applicants will have experience in both site and shop work; an ability to work with and interpret drawings, and producing templates; and a portfolio of projects supported with testimony from their employers and/or architects, surveyors, local authorities etc. The work of masons is very broad-based and it is possible that the assessors might recommend awards in each of the disciplines of carving, banker masonry, paving, moulding and cladding.

Nominations can be made by individuals, their employer or professionals with whom they have worked. The awards will be presented in London and normally take place in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The winners will receive certificates of achievement and cash prizes.