LOEWE is pleased to open submissions for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022, which will take place in Seoul in spring next year. Submissions to the fifth edition of the prize are open until 25 October 2021.

The 2021 edition of the prize received almost 3,000 total submissions from 107 countries across the globe; potential candidates for next year’s edition are invited to submit work at loewecraftprize.com.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize was launched in 2016 to showcase and celebrate excellence, artistic merit and originality in modern craftsmanship. It seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value, with the winner receiving 50,000 Euros.

The award, conceived by LOEWE’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, aims to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise working artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate set a standard for the future. The incentive for the prize goes back to LOEWE’s beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846.

Jonathan Anderson states: ‘craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects with a formula of their own and speaking their language, creating a dialogue that didn’t exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition.’ An expert panel composed of artists, artisans, essayists, curators and designers will consider all submitted works to select a shortlist of up to 30 submissions. New additions to the expert panel this year include Peter Bauhuis (metal artist and finalist of the Craft Prize 2021), Jiyong Lee (glass artist and finalist of the Craft Prize 2021), Juha Marttila (LOEWE Leather Goods Design Director), Kavita Parmar (textile designer) and Zizipho Poswa (ceramicist). The panel’s choice will be based on several key criteria: originality, clear artistic vision and merit, precise execution, material excellence, innovative value and a distinct authorial mark.

The shortlisted works will then form the basis of an exhibition on display in Seoul, South Korea, from which the Prize’s Jury will select the winning piece. New members of the Jury for 2022 include Magdalene Odundo (world-renown Kenyan-born British ceramicist), Abraham Thomas (Curator of Modern Architecture, Design, and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Fanglu Lin (textile artist and winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2021). The winner of this year’s prize, Fanglu Lin, was announced on 25 May 2021 to coincide with the opening of the digital exhibition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2021 on https://craftprize2021.loewe.com. The exhibition is open online until 25 October 2021.

The winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022 will be announced in Seoul in spring 2022.

Submit works at loewecraftprize.com.
Submission dateline: 25th of October 2021.