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November 10th to 12th 2017


2017 Members' Exhibition Competitions

Registrations open Friday 1st July 2017 and close Friday 6th October 2017

The Bead Society of Victoria holds a variety of exciting competitions and displays at their annual Melbourne Bead Expo each year. Four of the Showcase competitions have substantial monetary prizes, both of the Member's Original sections and the two Beaded bead sections.


The final two are the fabulous "Inspired By" display of the talented work of the members and also the wonderful "Want it, Take it" as an opportunity for members to sell their creative work to others.


All Showcase categories are only open to current B.S.V. members. If you are not a member? Join us now!


There is no actual entry fee for any of the Showcase competitions. Registering your entry online will create an invoice for the purpose of providing an administrative reference number for your piece. Please do not try and pay this invoice, simply take note of the invoice number.


An inspired collection of the Treasurer's treasures, by Anny Limbek

Showcase - Individual Handmade Bead 

Showcase - Set of Five Non Identical Beads


These are  the two categories in the Handmade Bead competition. Members may enter either competition or both as preferred. 

More details on the Members' Exhibitions Registration page.


The themes for 2017 are:

1. An individual handmade bead based on the theme "Summer Dreaming"

More details on the Registration page


2. A set of five non-identical handmade beads based on the theme "Australian Wildflowers"

More details on the Registration page


There will be a $300 first prize in each category.


Entries must be identifiable as beads, with the ability to be strung using a hole that is integral in their design. Cabochons will not be accepted, even if adapted for stringing. Each bead must be no larger than 8 cm in any dimension. The beads must be the member’s original design and work, made since the last Expo in 2016. B.S.V glass bead makers are welcome to participate in one or both categories.


View the winners of last year's 2016 Showcase Handmade Bead competitions



2017 Showcase - Members' Original Jewellery

Entries in this section will be eligible for judging in the Elly Feldman Award. A perpetual trophy is awarded to the winner as well as beaded goodies.


Prizes: First Prize: $500, Elly Feldman Perpetual Trophy and a hand crafted bead by Jan Cahill.

Second $300, Third $150.


Limit of three entries per member.

More entry details on the Registration page


View the winners of last year's 2016 Showcase Members' Original Jewellery



2017 Showcase - Members' Original Non Jewellery


Entries may include any type of non-jewellery bead related item using, but not made exclusively from wirework, polymer clay, PMC or handmade glass beads.


First Prize: $300


More details on the Registration page


View the winners of last year's 2016 Showcase - Members' Original Non Jewellery



2017 Showcase - "Inspired By"


The "Inspired By" Section gives everyone a chance to display their creative BSV work. This includes any beading, wire, metal, or Polymer work produced during the year.


Members are encouraged to display projects that they have made from kits, downloaded from the internet or from magazines or books. Examples may also be the end product of workshops undertaken with International or BSV tutors. 

Pieces in this section are not for sale as members do not own the copyright to the item.

More details on the Registration page



2017 Showcase - "Want it, Take it"

This is an opportunity for BSV members to sell their creative pieces to an appreciative market and is very popular each year. The ‘Want it, take it’ sales display booth will have members' work available for purchase and immediate take away.  Members placing pieces in this section MUST also have at least one entry in the Members' Originals section.

More details on the Registration page


Note: The Showcase Members' Original Winners website pages for 2014 and 2015 

are currently under going some changes, so not available for viewing.

They will be made visible as soon as possible.



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PO Box 5312
Pinewood, VIC 3149
Phone: 0420 200 727
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