The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century. With a prize fund of €40,000, the RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts. Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Encouraging emerging Irish talent is at the heart of the RDS mission and specifically the goal of the RDS arts programme which is to: provide a platform that supports the transition from student to emerging artist; encouraging the pursuit of a career in visual arts, crafts or music.