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.
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
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.
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:
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.
Entries must be submitted through the www.loewecraftprize.com 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:
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 www.loewecraftprize.com 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.
For more details, please visit the scholarship website here PDF