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Calling All Arab Designers: Loewe Craft Prize Submissions Are Now Open

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The coveted Loewe Foundation Craft Prize will be returning for its seventh edition in 2024. Submissions for the competition are now open and will be accepted until October 25, 2023. The event, which will take place in Paris next spring, presents the ideal opportunity for young Arab designers and artists hoping to earn recognition on the international stage.

Launched in 2016, the Loewe Craft Prize hopes to highlight and support excellence, artistic merit, and newness in modern craftsmanship. The foundation has always been focused on diversity, and hopes to acknowledge international artists who have distinctive talent when it comes to creating objects of superior aesthetic value. The latest edition of the prize received over 2,700 submissions from over 100 countries and regions around the world.

Photo: Courtesy of Loewe

Creative Director Jonathan Anderson conceived the prize as an ode to craft. It celebrates the joy of making things with your hands and recognizing working artists whose talent, vision, and will to innovate set a standard for the future. The prize also pays tribute to the brand’s own beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846. This celebration of artistic prowess culminates with the winner receiving 50,000 euros, and two special mentions receiving 10,000 euros.

Anderson states, “Craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn’t exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition.”

These creations will be judged by an expert panel composed of artists, essayists, curators, and designers, who will consider all submitted works in order to select a shortlist of up to 30 submissions. Important factors to consider when making this judgment will be originality, clear artistic vision and merit, precise execution, material excellence, innovative value, and a distinct authorial mark. Shortlisted works will then form the basis of an exhibition in Paris, from which the prize jury will select the winning piece.

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