LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 – Finalists Announced

The LOEWE FOUNDATION is proud to unveil the 29 artists who have been shortlisted for the Craft Prize 2019. The finalists were recognized for their fundamentally important contributions to the development of contemporary craft, with the submitted works presenting a diverse spectrum of techniques, media and modes of expression.

This year’s finalists were chosen by a panel of nine experts from close to over 2,500 submissions (an increase of 44% from last year) by artisans representing 100 countries. The rigorous selection process culminated with the Experts Panel convening in Madrid for two days, where they judged the most outstanding works on their technical accomplishment, innovation and artistic vision.

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Executive Secretary of the Experts Panel, stated: ‘The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize sets the level of skills, will and artistic ambition for which craft should strive.’

The 29 finalists´ works are being exhibited from 26 June – 22 July 2019 at Isamu Noguchi´s indoor stone garden ´Heaven´ at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo, where the overall winner will be revealed. Scroll down to see the finalists.


Key Dates · LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

20 June 2018: Entry site opens to submit works
31 Oct. 2018: Submissions close
6 Feb. 2019: Shortlist of finalists announced
25 June 2019: Winner announced
26 June to 22 July 2019: Exhibition of finalist works in Japan

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 Exhibition
Design Museum, London

LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 Exhibition
21_21 Design Sight, Minato-ku, Tokyo

LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 Exhibition
COAM, Madrid

LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 Exhibition
Chamber Gallery, New York

About the Craft Prize

The LOEWE 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 Craft Prize 2019”, on view in Japan.

The Finalists of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

29 works have been selected as Finalists by the Experts Panel.
These works will take part of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 exhibition that will travel to Tokyo, from 26 June – 22 July 2019.

Meet the Jury of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

From the shortlist, a jury composed of 11 leading figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, including Jennifer Lee, winner of the 2018 LOEWE Craft Prize, will select the winner of the 2019 LOEWE Craft Prize.
The prize awarded to the winner is 50,000 Euros in cash and the announcement will be made in the spring of 2019.

Jonathan Anderson
LOEWE Creative Director

 

"Craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn't exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition."

Naoto Fukasawa
Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Hong-Nam Kim
President of the National Trust of Korea

Jennifer Lee
Winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize second edition

Enrique Loewe
LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President

Wolfgang Lösche
Head of Exhibition and Fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich

Wang Shu
Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member

Deyan Sudjic
Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London

Benedetta Tagliabue
Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member

Patricia Urquiola
Architect and industrial designer

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Chairwoman)
Architecture and design correspondent for El País

Trophy
Alex Brogden, 2016

Trophy
Alex Brogden, 2016

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 31 October 2018.

 

Experts Panel

The Experts Panel will consider all works presented and submit to the Jury a shortlist of 15 to 30 one-off works which they consider most outstanding, representing excellence, newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship.
Watch a conversation on modern craft here.

Paula Aza
LOEWE Head of Architecture

Antonia Boström
Director of Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Min Chen
Furniture designer

Sara Flynn
Ceramist

Joonyong Kim
Glass artist

Krzysztof Lukasik
LOEWE accessories designer

Ramón Puig Cuyàs
Jewellery artist

Adi Toch
Metal artist

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Executive Secretary)
Architecture and design correspondent for El País

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Le Songe at Gran Teatre del Liceu
Photographed by Alice Blangero

Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz
LOEWE Gran Via Gallery 

LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize
Visor Libros

LOEWE Miami Design District
Miami Art Basel 2016

LOEWE FOUNDATION

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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