Lochac holds a variety of A&S competitions every year. There are four Kingdom level A&S competitions which open after each Kingdom event until the afternoon of that event. Local groups may hold competitions at their events, guilds may also hold competitions. The Worshipful Company of Broderers holds a competition at every Kingdom event, the Brewers hold competitions at Canterbury Faire and Rowany Festival. Other guilds may hold competitions throughout the year.
Kingdom competitions have a set format, which is explained on this site. Local competitions can use the Kingdom format or may create a format more relevant to their group. For instance the Food Fight held at Rowany Festival uses a token system to determine the winner by popular acclaim, rather than using expert judges. If an A&S competition is judged using a method other than the Kingdom method this does not make it any less official.
Quick guide to A&S competition format
Competitions run from Kingdom event to Kingdom event. They can be judged anywhere in the Kingdom at any time in the lead up to a Kingdom event, as organised by a local A&S officer. There is a specific judging time at each Kingdom event too. Winners are announced during court at every Kingdom event. See “organising a competition” for instructions on how to do this.
Experience levels are taken into account when announcing a winner. Winners are assessed as beginners, intermediate or advanced in the skill they are demonstrating. Group entries are allowed and are a separate category.
Competitions are judged following an easy to understand points scheme (aka a “rubric”). This page explains how entries are judged in this way in detail. This means entries across Lochac can be compared even though they are judged by different people.
For more detailed guidance on Kingdom competitions check out the following pages:
- For stewards and A&S co-ordinators: Organising Kingdom Competitions at your event
- For people who want to enter a competition: How to enter a Kingdom A&S competition
- For people who are thinking about being a judge: How to judge Kingdom A&S competitions
The menu on the right hand side of this page lists all pages on this site that support competitions in Lochac. This page has the specific rules for competitions.
The purpose of Lochac’s A&S competitions
A survey of the population of Lochac in AS51 found that people valued A&S competitions for the following reasons:
- To get feedback on their work and improve it
I think they are great for those who are able to enter something and get feedback on how they are going and what they could do to improve their craft;
- To stretch themselves and try new skills
A way of stretching myself. Of putting my ego and the line and showing my work outside my own Barony;
- To see what Lochac artisans are making and ensure the Kingdom recognises them
These are a great way to show off the depth of the knowledge and abilities we have learned: a little like entering an exhibit into competition at the Royal Easter Show, so to speak.
What was missing from this list was “winning”. Perhaps three people out of 236 said that winning was an incentive for them.
I would enter but not worried about winning; I don’t like competing
The Kingdom competition format, and advice on this site, has been designed to ensure our competitions give these benefits to entrants, judges, and the populace at large.