The LOEWE FOUNDATION has opened the call for entries to the fifth edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision, technical skill and determination to innovate will set new standards for the future of craft. The winning works will be featured in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue in Seoul in Spring 2022.
Applications are accepted from 20 July 2021 to 25 October 2021.
Explore the 2021 Craft Prize Digital Exhibition and The Room
Discover an expert-led curation of the most exciting contemporary craft being made in the world today. Explore works by the winner and shortlist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2021, captured in high-definition and showcased in an immersive virtual space that recreates the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Access the full catalogue of works nominated for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize since its inauguration in 2016 on our new platform, The Room.
How to participate
Read the Rules of Entry and make sure you comply with all requirements. All participants must be professional artisans 18 years or older. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). All nationalities are welcome.
Make sure the work:
demonstrates artistic intent in addition to technical proficiency
is an original piece, handmade or partly handmade
is recently created (in the last five years), and one-of-a-kind, and has not won any prizes previously
is innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition
falls within an area of the applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.
Complete the online registration in English
You need 2 to 5 photographs of the work (or series) and optionally a video.
Write a brief conceptual statement about the work.
Submit your application by 25 October 2021.
About the Craft Prize
The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.
All entries should
– fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.
– be an original work, handmade or partly handmade
– have been created in the last five years
– be one-of a-kind
– have won no prizes previously
– demonstrate artistic intent.
The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022”, on view in Seoul.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural Foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe Lynch, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, support educational programmes and safeguard heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, the highest honour granted by the Spanish Government, in 2002.
One of the primary purposes for which the LOEWE FOUNDATION was established was to support design and craftsmanship.
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