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Open Call for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2020. 4th edition

Open call  /  12 Jul 2019  -  30 Oct 2019
Published: 12.07.2019
Open Call for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2020. 4th edition.
Loewe Foundation
DEADLINE: 30/10/2019
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Intro
In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. Aiming to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise artisans whose talent, vision and will to in¡novate will set a standard for the future, LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson conceived the initiative inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft cooperative in 1846.
 
Submissions now open

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 has stated.

After a months-long process, which saw over 2500 submissions whittled down to 29 finalists, our jury have reviewed the short list and crowned Genta Ishizuka for his work Surface Tactility #11, 2018 as their overall winner for the 2019 edition.

Key Dates· LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

1 July 2019: Entry site opens to submit works
30 October 2019: Submissions close
31 January 2020: Shortlist of finalists announced
Spring 2020: Winner announced
Spring 2020: Exhibition of finalist works in Paris


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 2020” on view in Paris in the spring of 2020 or any other location that LOEWE FOUNDATION may deem appropriate.


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.


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> Registration open to 30 October 2019 (23:59 CET)


Experts Panel
An Experts Panel will shortlist up to 30 Works from among all the entries submitted. These finalists (hereafter called the ‘Finalists’) will be then submitted to the Jury for their final decision.In this call, the Experts Panel will be composed of:

- Paula Aza, LOEWE Head of Architecture.
- Antonia Boström, Director of Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
- Hyeyoung Cho, Secretary General at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation.
- Sara Flynn, ceramist.
- Koichi Io, metal artist.
- Krzysztof Lukasik, LOEWE accessories designer.
- Ramón Puig Cuyàs, jewellery artist.
- Sylvie Vandenhoucke, glass artist.
- Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Executive Secretary), architecture and design correspondent for El País.


Jury
The Jury for this call will be made up of:

- Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE Creative Director.
- Naoto Fukasawa, designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
- Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
- Genta Ishizuka, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize third edition.
- Hong-Nam Kim, President of the National Trust of Korea.
- 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 (Chairwoman), architecture and design correspondent for El País.


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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Genta Ishizuka. Object: Surface Tactility #11, 2018. Urushi, styrene foam balls, 2-way tricot, linen cloth.. Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019. 
. Using the simple motif of a bag of oranges as his point of departure, Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, belying the fact that the urushi lacquer technique originates from Japan between the 7th and 8th centuries.. Genta Ishizuka
Object: Surface Tactility #11, 2018
Urushi, styrene foam balls, 2-way tricot, linen cloth.
Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Using the simple motif of a bag of oranges as his point of departure, Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, belying the fact that the urushi lacquer technique originates from Japan between the 7th and 8th centuries.
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Loewe Craft Prize 2019. Exhibition at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ inside the Sogetsu Kaikan building in Tokyo..
Loewe Craft Prize 2019. Exhibition at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ inside the Sogetsu Kaikan building in Tokyo.

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