Summer - Exhibitor Info

“…and the next 100 years” Competition

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

2024 is the centenary of Queen Mary’s Dolls House, probably the most famous dolls house in the world & housed in the splendid Windsor Castle.  Built between 1921-24 for Queen Mary, consort to George V, the dolls’ house was designed by renowned architect Edward Lutyens and features contributions from around 1,500 leading artists, craftspeople and manufacturers of the early part of the 20th century.

Queen Mary’s Dolls House is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans who created it. The attention to detail and the sheer scale of the project is truly impressive. Not surprisingly the dolls’ house has become a much-loved treasure of the British monarchy.

Our Competition

For our competition in 2024 we have teamed up with Queen Mary’s Dolls House (QMDH) to theme our competition on this fabulous house. We would like you to create a very special piece that could work in a similar dolls house to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, if the house had been made at some point in the last 100 years.  This can cover any of the following eras: Art Deco, Modernism, Mid-Century Modern, Post Modern & Contemporary design etc etc, anything, as long as the item would not have been available before 1924.

Any miniature can be created; from furniture, kitchenware, china & ceramics, silverware, flowers & plants, food, even dolls or pets.  The miniature must be in 1:12 scale & something that could be placed into a dolls’ house as a stand-alone item.

We ask you to take inspiration from pieces that were created for Queen Mary’s Dolls House originally (bottles filled with vintage wine, specially designed dinner services, readable books in the library etc) & try to capture the essence of this very special dolls’ house & the spirit of the era you have chosen for your entry.

There is an incredible archive of photos etc of the house & contents on the Royal Collections website HERE to help you decide on your piece.  

Exhibitors who take part in the LDF Online Showcase 2023, KDF Christmas Show 2023 & the KDF Summer Show 2024 are eligible to enter. 

Of course, we are looking for miniatures of the highest standard, handmade, showing skill & imagination, but this year, the theme is more specific, so you will need to research & plan your piece carefully.  Remember, your entry must be a piece that could be placed in a dolls’ house, so we will not accept room scenes or dioramas etc. And every entry we receive makes the PIMA Showcase more appealing to our show visitors.

We are pleased to announce that some of the entries in this year’s competition will also be exhibited at The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Summer Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery from June 26th – July 6th on London’s Southbank.

Judging:

Of course, we are looking for miniatures of the highest standard, handmade, showing skill & imagination, but this year, the theme is more specific, so you will need to research & plan your piece carefully. Remember, your entry must be a piece that could be placed in a dolls’ house, so we will not accept room scenes or dioramas etc. Every entry we receive makes the PIMA Showcase more appealing to our show visitors.Judges will also be expecting:1: A high level of skill in the discipline you have chosen (woodwork, metalwork, doll making etc)

1: A high level of skill in the discipline you have chosen (woodwork, metalwork, doll making etc)
2: Detail in scale & proportion.
3: Good use of materials.
4: Imaginative, unique ideas & designs.
5: Craftsmen who push their work to a higher level than previously achieved.
6: ALL ENTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR.

This year our Judging panel will include (in alphabetical order):
Caroline Hamilton. Co founder of the London Dollshouse Festivals
Louise Heard. Owner of Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop in Covent Garden
Lynda Kelly. Dolls house collector & LDF Patron.
Kat Picot. Editor of Shrunk Magazine
Darren Scala. US based podcaster
Emma Waddell. Dolls house decorator (Dollshouse Grand Designs) & judge on ‘Best in Miniature’
Ray Winder. President of the Royal Society of Miniature Painter, Sculptors & Gravers.

A 2 day miniatures retreat at the beautiful Priors Hall near Cambridge is part of the prize package for PIMA winners

Prizes:

  • Cash Prize (1st Place £2000, 2nd Place £1000, 3rd Place £500)
  • A very special visit to Queen Marys Dolls House with some behind the scenes access. The details of this visit haven’t been confirmed, but it will be an incredible day for any dolls house lover. The date of this trip will be arranged once the winners are announced.
  • A 2 day miniatures retreat at Priors Hall, a beautiful Manor House near Cambridge. Not only will you enjoy the beautiful countryside & incredible history of this amazing house, but also enjoy Alison’s warm hospitality & the chance to rummage through all of her incredible antique dolls houses, dolls & miniatures. (date will also be organised once winners are announced)
  • Limited edition Queen Marys Dolls House inspired miniature commissioned by LDF.

The winner of 1st Prize will also receive a free table at a KDF Show (Christmas or Summer Show – up to a 6ft table) & £200 in KDF Vouchers to spend at the show.

People’s Choice Award:

  • Cash prize of £500
  • Limited edition Queen Marys Dolls House inspired miniature commissioned by LDF.

Rules:

To enter, you must register your miniature with us by April 14th 2024. After this date, we will send you a confirmation letter with an entry number & other important information. Entries must either be posted to the LDF Office prior to the KDF Summer Show, or delivered directly to the KDF Summer Show on Thursday 16th May 2024. All entries will be on display at the KDF Summer Show. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony during the KDF Summer Show.   The registration form is available by clicking the link below.

We really look forward to seeing what you create for this special competition.          

Charlotte Stokoe
LDF Organiser