Gorsedh Kernow Awards

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards seek to foster and promote the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall, through awarding Awen Medals for outstanding creative and community work that expresses Cornish identity and culture.

They are divided into two categories: “Adults” and “Young People”.

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards for Adults were updated in 2021, providing a more flexible system to enable us to recognise and celebrate a much greater range of Cornish cultural activity and opening the doors to new media technologies. There are two sections.

The Open Submission section allows anyone to submit work their own work in some key aspects of Cornish culture: Cornish Language or Dialect writing, Cornish Study, and Creative Work. After specialist adjudication, successful entrants will be awarded a Gorsedh Kernow Certificate of Recognition. The awards panel may use its discretion to award one prestigious Awen medal in any category. Please see the entry form for details of each category.

Our Gorsedh Kernow Awards for outstanding work in Creativity or Community are not open to self-submission but everyone is invited to nominate individuals or groups for work in either category that is exceptional or outstanding, by virtue of length of service, reach or scope of achievement. Nominations, with written citations, must be on the official form.

A special awards ceremony is held during the Esedhvos week before the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony on the first Saturday of September. The awards ceremony includes displays, presentations and performances by award winners. Full details are posted in the Esedhvos Programme nearer the date.


The Young People’s Scheme is open to whole school classes, groups and individuals. There is a range of categories including music, dance, Cornish language, study projects, art and design, and creative writing. This year we are also working in Partnership with Golden Tree’s Go Cornish programme in primary schools.

The Young People’s Awards are also presented at a special awards ceremony and work may be exhibited at the Esedhvos in September.

Leaflets for the Young People’s Awards give more information. Click here for the leaflet and the form.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via these emails:


Gorsedh Awards ceremony 2021

Gorsedh Awards ceremony 2021

Gorsedh Kernow was pleased to welcome these award winners at the awards evening in Bude-Stratton on Friday 3rd. September 2021. To see a larger image, click the thumbnail. To download the large image, right-click and Save As. Cornwall Music Trust Will Keating Simon...

Young People’s Awards 2021

Young People’s Awards 2021

The Young People's Awards ceremony was held at Kresen Kernow on Wednesday 8th. September 2021. Gorsedh Kernow was pleased to welcome some of the winners. To see a larger image, click the thumbnail. To download a larger image, right-click and Save As. Ethan Tyson and...

Gorsedh Kernow Adult Awards

Gorsedh Kernow Adult Awards

12.7.21. Gorsedh Kernow announces the Adult Awards winners 2021. The Grand Bard, Elizabeth Carne, and the Gorsedh Kernow Awards panel are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the prestigious Awen medal, together with a number of named awards, for outstanding...

Young People Awards

Young People Awards

5.7.21. Gorsedh Kernow announces the Young People Awards winners 2021. Gorsedh Kernow are delighted to announce the winners of the Gorsedh KernowYoung People Awards. Awards Coordinator Amanda Harris said “It is veryencouraging to see that the quality, creativity and...

Launch of Gorsedh Kernow Children’s Awards 2021

Gorsedh Kernow is delighted to announce that it is now open for nominations for the Gorsedh Kernow Children’s awards which are open to children and young people under 18 years. The Awards seek to encourage learning,  understanding and promotion of Cornish culture...

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020 results are here! In light of COVID-19 restrictions, we are celebrating our award winners’ achievements online this year. Please visit our poster 'gallery' to discover some of the amazing people that have earned awards...

Gorsedh Awards in Previous Years

Here are videos of the Awards Entries in previous years:

2020   2019   2018   2017

And here are photos of the previous years’ Presentation Evenings for Awards Winners:

2019   2018   2017   2016