The LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the fourth edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION seeks to recognize uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate set new standards for the future of craft.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The shortlisted and winning works will feature in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue in Paris in Spring 2020.

Apply from 1 July to 30 October 2019.

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Alex Brogden, 2016

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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 30 October 2019.

 

Meet the Jury of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2020.

From the shortlist, a jury composed of 11 leading figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, including Genta Ishizuka, winner of the 2019 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, will select the winner of the 2020 Craft Prize.
The prize awarded to the winner is 50,000 Euros in cash and the announcement will be made in the spring of 2020.

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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."

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Naoto Fukasawa
Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum Tokyo

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Olivier Gabet
Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

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Genta Ishizuka
Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize thrid edition

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Hongnam Kim
President of the National Trust of Korea

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Enrique Loewe
LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President

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

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Wang Shu
Architect and Pritzker Prize winner

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Deyan Sudjic
Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London

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Benedetta Tagliabue
Architect and RIBA Stirling Prize winner

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Patricia Urquiola
Architect and industrial designer

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

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

About the Craft Prize

TThe 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 2020”, on view in Paris.

Experts Panel

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

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Paula Aza
LOEWE Head of Architecture

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Hyeyoung Cho
Secretary General at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation.

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

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Sara Flynn
Ceramist

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Koichi Io
Metal artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019

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Krzysztof Lukasik
LOEWE accessories designer

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Rodman Primack
Global Ambassador for Design Miami

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Ramón Puig Cuyàs
Jewellery artist

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Sylvie Vandenhoucke
Glass artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2017

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

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Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon
Jiří Kylián at Gran Teatre del Liceu

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Hervé Guibert
LOEWE Gran Via Gallery

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LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize
Visor Libros

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LOEWE Miami Design District
Miami Art Basel 2018

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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