This year’s theme is ‘Democracy’. With the election on Thursday and the poignant setting for the event, the contest will be a fantastic opportunity for our students to show off their new found skills.
It runs from 9am on Wednesday 7th June to Friday June with final judging and presentation of prizes taking place around 4pm. The Stonemasonry team are encouraging people to visit the event, watch the students in the throes of carving and to see the amazing display of traditional skills. The winner of this year’s Collier Draughtsmanship Award will also be announced.
A boss stone is a carving that forms the meeting point of several converging vaulting ribs. They remain some of the finest surviving medieval stone carvings still in existence.
Students come up with their own designs to include foliage, animals, human figures and all manner of scenes and decorations. They then have just 2.5 days to carve their own boss stone from a block to exacting standards before their creations are put before the keen eye of expert judges, who will be marking on attention to detail and creative ability.
In 2015 the winning students were lucky enough to be congratulated by HRH Prince Charles, who was on a brief tour of developments in Poundbury. Previous winners have gone on to design and build various public commissions, including the planned monument to Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, the 19th Century anti-slavery campaigner and MP for Weymouth.
The competition, which started in 1994 at the College’s old Newstead Road site before relocating to Poundbury in 2010, is supported by national companies including Hanson Bath & Portland Stone, Worshipful Company of Masons, Daedalus Conservation and J P Masonry Supplies.