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LOEWE Foundation has announced the names of the 30 participants that have been selected amongst 1900 candidates over 75 nationalities, finalists at the Loewe Prize represent excellence in worldwide handicraft. Among all the disciplines 4 of the selected are Contemporary Jewelers.
The list of the finalists are: Mercedes Vicente, Paul Adie, Jennifer Lee, Richard McVetis, Aneta Regel, Takeshi Yasuda, Gunilla Maria Akesson, ARKO, Takuro Kuwata, Ryuhei Sako, Shohei Yokoyama, Yeonsoon Chang, Joonyong Kim, Hae Cho Chung, Min Chen, Steffen Dam, Sam Tho Duong, Sara Gackowska, Ann van Hoey, Joe Hogan, Deirdre McLoughlin, Marie Janssen, Christopher Kurtz, Julian Watts, Simone Pheulpin, Irina Razumovskaya, Rita Soto, Laurenz Stockner, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Ashley YK Yeo.
Each finalists’ work will be exhibited at The Design Museum, London from 4 May – 17 June 2018.
For the 2018 edition, a panel of 11 experts convened in Madrid for two days to review all presented works and select the shortlist. In their deliberations, the panel sought to identify the most outstanding works in terms of technical accomplishment, innovation and artistic vision.
Regarding the selection process, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Executive Secretary of the LOEWE Craft Prize Experts Panel, stated: This year the judging was harder than prior years, with the standard of applicants impressively high across every category. Our chosen works reflect an almost alchemical manipulation of each medium’s possibilities and reward those who have mastered traditional skills in order to transform them for the contemporary age. The selected finalists - who range in age from 27 to 76 - are a multigenerational snapshot of the utmost excellence in craft today.
This year, 30 finalists have been chosen from across the globe who show innovative expertise in working with materials from textile and paper to ceramics and metal. These will go on show at London’s Design Museum from 3 May, when a jury that includes Anderson, Patricia Urquiola and last year’s winner Ernst Gamperl will select the winner.
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- Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE Creative Director.
- Ernst Gamperl, Winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize first edition.
- Rosy Greenlees, President of the World Crafts Council.
- Hong-Nam Kim, former Director of the National Museum of Korea.
- Toshiyuki Kita, furniture and product designer.
- Enrique Loewe, LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President.
- 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 (Chair), architecture and design correspondent for El País.
Rules of Entry LOEWE Craft Prize 2018
FAQ's LOEWE Craft Prize 2018
Registration from 19 June to 31 October 2017 (23:59 CET)
Open Call LOEWE Craft Prize 2018. 2nd edition at klimt02
The annual LOEWE Craft Prize was launched by the LOEWE FOUNDATION in 2016 to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. With this initiative, the brand aims to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise working artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate will set a standard for the future. The incentive for the prize goes back to LOEWE’s beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846.
Anyone over 18 years of age working in a craft-based profession is welcome to apply.
The award was conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson. ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant,’ Anderson stated at the award’s inception.
The winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize receives 50,000 Euros in cash. In addition, the winning work as well as all shortlisted entries are included in a special exhibition - to go on view in Madrid, Tokyo and New York, among other cities - and its accompanying catalogue.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION
The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, design and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.
LOEWE & Culture
With the LOEWE Craft Prize the house reasserts its longstanding commitment to creativity in all forms and disciplines. Culture is a pillar of the brand. Reflecting fashion’s vital link to contemporary life, a strong emphasis on art, design and craftsmanship has been a cornerstone of Jonathan Anderson’s rebuilding of the house. In the past three years, LOEWE initiated an important series of collaborations with artists and artisans who reinterpret and expand the brand’s values. Apart from showcasing the many facets of LOEWE, these cultural projects reflect the transfer of knowledge and the cooperative spirit that have been characteristic of LOEWE since the day it was founded.
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