The LOEWE FOUNDATION is currently seeking applications for the 2022 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize and remains open until October 25th 2021 inclusive. This international craft prize is now in its fifth edition and offers a chance for the shortlisted finalists to exhibit on the new and impressive 3D digital platform known as The Room, the opportunity for the overall winner to exhibit in Seoul, South Korea and boasts the substantial monetary award of 50 000 Euros equivalent to CA$74 000. Previous winners have demonstrated sumptuous work that is, at once unique, injected with innovation and yet dedicated to traditional techniques whilst paying homage to cultural heritage . The Room which debuted its first online version of the Craft Prize this year is a great opportunity for the finalists to showcase their work exposing their techniques and work practices to a global audience and furthermore, enables collectors to contact galleries that have representation for the prize entrants.
This highly respected prize has grown in reputation since its inception in 2016, by creative director Jonathan Anderson, and attracted numerous global entries of artistic merit, masterful skill and aesthetic excellence. A panel of world class experts from creative backgrounds that include design, architecture, glass, journalism, leading museums, ceramics, and jewelry as well two previous winners of the Craft Prize, will shortlist for the first round. They will choose up to 30 applicants whom they consider ‘most outstanding, representing excellence, newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship’. Entries in the past have included a variety of media from ceramics, wood, glass, metal, furniture, textiles, paper and leather but they must be from within an area of the applied arts, a one off and show intent. Those shortlisted entries will then be evaluated by a jury of leading figures, influential in their field, in addition to Enrique Loewe, Honorary President of the LOEWE FOUNDATION and the 2021 prize winning entrant, Chinese artist Fanglu Lin who won with her piece entitled “She”, a textile work of great scale and depth of meaning.
Fanglu Lin’s experimental textile techniques in ‘She’ (2016) consisting of knots and stitches, pleats and folds pays homage to the ethnic heritage of the Bai women in China’s Yunnan province and the inherited labour-intensive weaving techniques and fading craft traditions she has doggedly researched in an effort to increase her own knowledge and to expand her fibre arts practice. Her biography is uplifting and her intent is clear. An undeniable winner in the realm of craft.
A full list of rules can be downloaded from loewecraftprize.com.