Enrique Loewe Lynch – a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family – established the Loewe Foundation as a private cultural foundation in 1988. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to ‘promote creativity, support educational programmes and safeguard heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft’.
In 2016, the Foundation launched the first international annual Loewe Craft Prize to showcase excellence in modern craftsmanship. Aiming to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise artisans whose determined vision and talented innovation will set a standard for the future, Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson conceived the initiative inspired by the company’s beginnings as a craft cooperative in 1846.
Indeed Anderson states: ‘Craft is the essence of Loewe. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant.’.
Winner of Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2017:-
German wood artist Ernst Gamperl was selected from among 26 finalists from almost 4,000 original submissions, representing over 75 countries on 5 continents.
The entry site to submit works for the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2018 is now open. Submissions will close on 17th October 2017, with the shortlist being announced in January next year. In April 2018 an exhibition of finalists’ work will be shown in London, and in May 2018 the winner will be announced.
The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros, plus inclusion in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE Craft Prize 2018”, on view in London.
Competition Entry Brief:-
Ensure the work:
- Demonstrates artistic intent in addition to technical proficiency,
- Is an original piece, handmade or partly handmade,
- Is recently created (in the last five years), and one-of-a-kind, and has not won any prizes previously,
- Is innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition,
- Falls within an area of the applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, et al.
The Experts Panel will consider all works presented and submit to the Jury a shortlist of 15 to 30 one-off works which they consider most outstanding, representing excellence, newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship.
The 2018 Experts Panel comprises:
- Paula Aza – Loewe Head of Architecture
- Antonia Bostroem – Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Ori Kleiner – Media Artist, Educator
The Jury are represented by distinguished figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship.
The 2018 Jury comprises:
Jonathan Anderson – Loewe Creative Director
Ernst Gamperl – Winner of the Loewe Craft Prize 2017
Rosy Greenlees – President of the World Crafts Council
To find out more about how to enter and to register an entry, see here:
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