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Loewe Foundation Craft Prize for Professional Artisans 2020

The Loewe Foundation announces the fourth edition of its Loewe Foundation Craft Prize for Professional Artisans, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. The Foundation uses the craft prize as a medium to recognize uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate, set new standards for the future of craft.

The Craft Prize wishes to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender from any  nationality 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.

To qualify for the prize, in addition to the artist being 18 years or above by the time the entry is submitted, the entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). However, entries made by businesses or companies of any kind are not accepted.

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About Loewe Foundation

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, educational programmes and to safeguard heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft. In 2002, the LOEWE FOUNDATION was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, the highest honour granted by the Spanish Government. In accordance with LOEWE’s ambition to further safeguard its craft legacy of more than 170 years of histor... read more

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Loewe Foundation Artisans

Aim and Benefits of Loewe Foundation Artisans

The aim of this Prize is to disseminate and raise awareness of the work of talented craftspeople, sharing their greatest achievements. The LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to recognise outstanding works that show artistic vision and innovation, and which reflect the personal language and distinct hand of their maker. The LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to support artistic craft and acknowledge leading artisans from around the world at the forefront of their fields. The winning work should reinterpret tradition to make it relevant now and demonstrate the continuing valuable contribution to the culture of our time.

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

Requirements for Loewe Foundation Artisans Qualification

All participants must be professional artisans of 18 years or older at the time of the submission of entries. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). Businesses and mercantile companies of any kind are excluded. All nationalities are welcome.

Each participant can present either one single piece of work or one series of works, understood as a number of objects considered as a single artistic creation (henceforth, ‘the Work’). This should fall within an area of the applied arts and, as a guide, within the following categories: ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, wood, paper, etc.

Materials and products outside the categories listed are not excluded; they may be accepted by the Experts Panel if they comply with the aim and requirements of the competition.

Dangerous, prohibited or alive materials are excluded.

Due to limitations of the exhibition space, the work has to be able to pass through an access of 2.00 by 1.30 meters, whole or in pieces.

All Works must:

  1. Be owned by the participant, at all times, since its creation until the end of the License period,
  2. Be an original one-off piece, handmade or partly handmade by the participant,
  3. Have been recently created (in the last five years),
  4. Have won no prizes previously,
  5. Be innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition,
  6. Demonstrate artistic intent,
  7. Be able to travel and be installed by LOEWE and/or the LOEWE FOUNDATION,
  8. Do not exceed the maximum measures.

These conditions are essential for the Works to be admitted as Finalists.

Each maker may participate with only one Work or one series as an individual or as a group in each call. Works selected as finalists in previous calls of this competition will not be admitted.

  1. If a participant submits the Work to another competition and wins a prize, or
  2. if the Work ceases to be in the possession of the participant or
  3. if, for any reason whatsoever, ownership of the Work is transferred to a third party, or
  4. if the Work is damaged once it has been submitted, the participant must urgently notify the LOEWE FOUNDATION of such occurrence by email so that the work may be removed from the competition.
  5. Once a Work has been submitted to the competition, it may not be altered in any sense. In case of detection of any irregularity in the conditions of entry, the participant may be disqualified and his/her application may not be considered.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Loewe Foundation Artisans

Entries must be submitted through the webpage from 26 June 2019 to 30 October 2019 inclusive, on which date the period for entry will be deemed closed at 23.59 CET.

Each participant must include the following information. It is compulsory to submit all this information only in English:

  1. The name of the maker or group, the country of entry, date and place of birth, contact telephone number, email and postal address.
  2. Short biographical note of the maker.
  3. A portfolio of the maker showing up to 5 highlighted works of the maker´s career.
  4. The name of the Work, its measurements (in mm, cm or m), its material, its weight (in g or Kg), the category in which it is entered, and the approximate value of the Work (in Euro) for insurance purposes.
  5. Copy of passport or official ID document.
  6. Brief conceptual and technical statement about the Work presented (not more than 200 words).
  7. Photographs of the Work presented: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 photographs will be needed, taken from different perspectives and only one of them must make reference to the scale by having a person next to the Work presented. Each photo should be taken with a white neutral background and sent in jpg or png format, minimum size 800 x 600 px and maximum weight 2 Mb.
  8. Optionally, a video of the Work showing the different perspectives, with a maximum duration of 1 minute.

All participants must take care of the accuracy of the information provided for it will be used in the Exhibition and the catalogue. All entries presented through the webpage will be confidential. Only LOEWE, the LOEWE FOUNDATION, the Experts Panel and the Jury will have access to them. Only the winning and the finalist Works will be made public.

Application Deadline

October 30, 2019

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Loewe Foundation on to apply

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