On April 10th, the winner of the first edition of the LOEWE Craft Prize was announced at COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid). The piece ‘Tree of Life 2’ by Ernst Gamperl, born in Germany in 1965, was selected as the winning entry among 26 finalists evaluated by a distinguished jury composed of leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship.
The Jury also agreed upon giving two special mentions.
One special mention to Yoshiaki Kojiro: ‘The jury recognised the exercise of research, embracing risk and innovation by mixing materials to achieve a shape that is ultimately a structure of experimentation.’
Another special mention to Artesanías Panikua. The statement from the jury explains: ‘The second special mention is for a piece capable of arousing feelings before one even begins to rationalise it. Apart from its emotional impact, the piece speaks of a collective cultural legacy, demonstrating that craftsmanship with artistic ambition should have no material limits; straw can be just as important as gold.’
All 26 finalists of the LOEWE Craft Prize are being featured in an exhibition held at the COAM in Madrid. Exhibition open from April 11 to May 9, 12:00 to 20:00. More information on loewecraftprize.com. Follow us on instagram @loewefoundation
More information on loewecraftprize.com. Follow us on instagram @loewefoundation
The LOEWE Craft Prize, supported by the LOEWE FOUNDATION and the leading luxury house that began as a collective of craftsmen, wishes to recognise contemporary artisans whose talent, vision and specialised skill will set a new standard for the future.
This annual award is given to the maker of an outstanding work of craftsmanship, selected in competition among entries from around the world. Since the announcement, the award has attracted numerous submissions and the attention from the international art and design community.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION now reveals the winner´s trophy designed by acclaimed British silversmith Alex Brogden, a double bowl inspired by the interaction of the elements with the earth. Brogden’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in important collections, including that of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
All submitted works are required to combine an innovative application of their craft with an original artistic concept within any applied arts area, including but not limited to ceramics, jewelry, lacquer, metal, furniture, textiles and glass.
The winner, selected by a Jury of distinguished figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, will receive 50,000 Euros in cash and be highlighted in the ‘LOEWE Craft Prize 2017’ exhibition and catalogue, which will be on display worldwide, along with the works of the 14 finalists selected by an Experts Panel.
Competition for the prize is open to any professional artisan over the age of 18. Entries are being accepted until 7 November.
Registration, info and requirements can be found at www.loewecraftprize.com
Photographs: LOEWE Craft Prize trofeo, by Alex Brogden, 2016.