Open Call | European Prize of Applied Arts and Shortlist Exhibition

Application deadline: 15 February

The European Prize for Applied Arts celebrates the work of artists in the field of applied arts and design-led crafts and living in a European country. The initiative recognises excellence in craftsmanship and includes an exhibition of selected work and two awards.

The “Master Prize” Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia- Brussels of €3,500 will be awarded to the author of a masterpiece in any craft based material.
The “Young Talent Prize”, Prize of the World Crafts Council-Europe of € 3,000 will be awarded to a young artist displaying excellence in the realisation of a piece of work through the manipulation of materials.

Both prizes will be awarded on the basis of artistic and technical skill and demonstrate originality and innovation in response to the theme “Monumentality – Fragility”. The theme is selected to coincide with an exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint-Phalle at the Art Museum of Mons. De Saint-Phalle’s work can be described as both monumental and fragile, the strong colour palette, exuberant proportions, the power and the violence allude to a monumental character from which a palpable fragility is released.

The European Prize for Applied Arts Exhibition of selected work will take place from 20th October 2018 until 20th January 2019, at the Grand Hall of the Anciens Abattoirs of the City Mons, Belgium and subject to funding will tour to the National Design and Craft Gallery, Ireland in early 2019.

The European Prize for Applied Arts is organised by the WCC•BF, in partnership with the City Mons and WCC-Europe. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

Participation Fee:
Participation in the competition is free for members of World Crafts Council – Europe and members of associations belonging to WCC-Europe (including the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland).
Non-members will be charged a fee of 50 Euros to cover administration costs. This fee is payable by the artist as soon as s/he is informed of selection by the organisers.

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