Design and make a vase for the Pride of Reading Awards

Pride of Reading

The 13th Pride of Reading Awards will take place in autumn with the theme of Reading’s Year of Culture – to launch the awards, the Pride of Reading team have an exciting competition.

Sponsored by vehicle hire company Rabbits, they’d like people to create a vase which will be the centrepiece on the tables at this year’s glittering awards ceremony hosted by Chris Tarrant. The team along with three judges, will choose three winning designs and have 10 of each made up, paid for by Pride of Reading, for 30 tables at the event which will be filled with stunning floral displays from Cherubs Floral Design.

Design and make a vase using any material. The vase should be no more than 30cm in height and 20cm diameter. It would be good if it is watertight but not vital. Materials should not cost more than £35. Vases made of pottery, glass, plastic, Perspex even papier-mache are welcome. The inspiration for the vases should be Reading and it’s culture. They will be lit from below for the event and set on a white tablecloth.

The winners will be invited to the awards ceremony, and their vase designs will help influence the look of the awards. All other vases entered will go on display at the champagne reception on awards day and can be bought by guests for £25 per vase at the event. After guests have chosen their design they will get a postcard which gives details of who designed it. All profits will go to arts charity jelly. Judging will be done by the sponsor Rabbits, jelly, Cherubs and the organisers of the awards.

The competition closes on July 2

Vases should be delivered to pentahotel, Oxford Road on 1 July 1-7pm and 2 July, 10am-4pm.

The competition is open to everyone: artists, schools and anyone who wants to get creative. If you need more information, please email


Being nominated for a Pride of Reading Award

Thank you to the mystery person who nominated me (Suzanne) for a Pride of Reading Award. I was so startled that I never found out who it was and somehow the mystery of it is alluring. I don't know if I see you regularly or you just came to something we have done – I feel humbled by your nomination of me. I feel like mostly `I just steer the ship' and it's everyone else  that is involved that can make ideas happen too. So thank you for thinking of jelly in this way. It has been a great 19 years.

The newspaper piece can be read on Get Reading here.

Thank you