November 9 to 11 2018


2018 Members' Exhibition Competitions


Registrations open Sunday 1st July 2018 and close Friday 12th October 2018

All entries must be received by this date, or delivered to the Carnegie 14/10 meeting

The Bead Society of Victoria holds a variety of exciting competitions and displays at their annual Melbourne Bead Expo each year. These Showcase competitions have substantial monetary prizes, and for 2018 include the Member's Original Jewellery (Elly Feldman Award) and also the Individual Beaded bead section. Unfortunately due to a declining number of entries in the Non-Jewellery and Set of Five Beads in recent years, we will not include these sections in 2018.


The final two opportunities to show off your work are the fabulous "Inspired By" display of talented work of the members and also the wonderful "Want it, Take it" category. This is 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. We settle the amount for you.


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


Showcase Members' Originals - Individual Handmade Bead 


The new theme for 2018 for this Handmade Bead competition is


" Love is in the Air " 


There is a limit of three entries per member.

More details on the Members' Exhibitions  Registration page


There will be a $150 first prize awarded.


Entries must be identifiable as a bead, 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 2017. 

Our B.S.V member glass bead makers are also welcome to participate in this category.


View the winners of last year's 2017 Showcase Handmade Bead competitions



2018 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 a hand crafted bead by Wendy Bergamin.


Prizes: Judged by Elly Feldman $300

Independently Judged

First Prize: $250

Second $150 

Third $75


Limit of three entries per member.

More entry details on the Registration Page


View the winners of last year's 2017 Showcase Members' Original Jewellery



2018 Showcase - "Inspired By"


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



2018 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 sections.

More details on the Registration Page



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