LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019

The winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019 is set to be announced by the Jury on 25 June. This is immediately followed by the exhibition of the finalists’ works – 26 June - 22 July – at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ inside the Sogetsu Kaikan building in Tokyo, Japan.

This year is the first occasion that we are opening the Craft Prize exhibition in the Far East. The venue is home to the Sogetsu Foundation, which teaches and promotes the ancient art of ‘Ikebana’ flower arranging, and provides a resonant and inspirational backdrop to the Craft Prize’s celebration of craft excellence.

The 29 finalists were selected from over 2500 applications (an increase of 44% from last year) hailing from over 100 countries, which is testament to the growing significance and global reach of the Prize. The exhibition of the diverse shortlisted works, showcasing an array of aesthetics, materials and techniques, encapsulates the leading frontiers of craft expression in the world today.


Key Dates

25 June: Winner announced
26 June to 22 July: Finalists Exhibition in Japan

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 Exhibition
Design Museum, London

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

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LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 Exhibition
COAM, Madrid

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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.

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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.

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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

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Hong-Nam Kim
President of the National Trust of Korea

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Jennifer Lee
Winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize second edition

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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 jury member

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Deyan Sudjic
Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London

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Benedetta Tagliabue
Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member

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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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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.

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Paula Aza
LOEWE Head of Architecture

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

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Min Chen
Furniture designer

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Sara Flynn
Ceramist

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Joonyong Kim
Glass artist

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Krzysztof Lukasik
LOEWE accessories designer

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Ramón Puig Cuyàs
Jewellery artist

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Adi Toch
Metal artist

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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.

More information:
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