We are delighted to introduce our collaboration with the LOEWE Foundation. Within the framework of the fair the LOEWE Foundation will present the current call of the LOEWE Craft Prize. Through 31st October 2017, submissions are being accepted for the LOEWE Craft Prize’s second edition. Potential candidates are invited to study the guidelines and submit their work at loewecraftprize.com.
A jury composed of leading figures from art, design, and architecture will select a winning work from up to 30 finalists by an experts panel (consisting of artists, artisans, writers, curators, and designers) based on a number of key criteria: originality; clear artistic vision/merit; precise execution; material excellence; innovative value; distinct authorial mark.
LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson conceived the initiative in 2016 to showcase the work of artisans working in a range of craft-based professions. Inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft cooperative, the Prize’s aim is to highlight the importance of craft in today’s culture. ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE and our main inspiration. The LOEWE Craft Prize is a platform to celebrate the work of exceptionally talented people who use hands, minds and tradition to make singular objects that follow an original formula and speak their maker’s own language.’
The Prize’s winner receives 50,000 Euros in cash. Competition is open to any professional artisan over the age of 18. To be considered, submitted works must have been created within the last 5 years and combine an innovative application of its craft with an original artistic concept.
For the Prize’s first edition, close to 4000 works in a variety of techniques, media and styles were submitted by artisans of all ages from over 75 countries on five continents. In April 2017, the winner —Tree of Life 2 by Ernst Gamperl, Germany— was announced by iconic actor Charlotte Rampling in Madrid, and is being featured, along with all other finalists, in a travelling exhibition previously on view in Madrid and New York, followed by Tokyo in November.