Open Call: European Prize for Applied Arts 2021
Exhibition: 11.12.2021 – 13.03.2022 in Mons, BE
The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and artisanal design on the basis of criteria of artistic merit, technical mastery and innovation. The Prize is organized by the French Belgian organization BeCraft in partnership with World Crafts Council – Europe. This 5th edition will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association.
This competition is for all artists working in the field of applied arts and artisanal design and residing in a European country (including non-EU members).It is open to all disciplines relating to the applied arts, which include ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, paper, jewellery, furniture, accessories... This also includes the field of “artisanal design” which covers objects designed and made by the exhibitor either as a one-off piece (or prototype) or produced in small series. Industrially produced objects are not therefore accepted.
The selected work will be exhibited in the Grand Hall of Mons Anciens Abattoirs in Belgium from 11 December 2021 to 13 March 2022.The proposed works must be recent, that is to say produced after 1st January 2018.
Candidates may present one of the following:
- 1 large piece (>100cm)
- Up to 3 medium-sized pieces (+/-70cm)
- Up to 5 small-sized pieces (<40cm)
- 1 installation
The works selected for the competition must be of a high standard, both technically and aesthetically, and be innovative. The artist undertakes to exhibit the work selected on the basis of the photographs sent with the application form. We will not accept any work proposed in place of the above.
Exceptions to this rule will be at the discretion of the jury and the organiser. The exhibition may travel to other venues, if the opportunity should arise.
Winners of the 2021 European Prize for Applied Arts will be designated among the exhibitors. The award ceremony will take place at the official opening of the exhibition on 11 December 2021.
Two Jurys Sessions
The juries will be composed of experts in the various disciplines in the field of the applied arts. (listing will be published soon on www.becraftcall.org)• The jury will first meet in February 2021 to select the exhibitors. Selected candidates will be notified within 30 days of the jury session. • The jury will meet again on the official opening day of the exhibition to judge the exhibits. The jury reserves the right not to award any prizes.
- €3500 awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
- €3500 awarded by WCC-Europe
An illustrated exhibition catalogue will be published. The content will be written by authors designated by the organisers. Candidates will provide information in French or in English (no other languages will be accepted) to serve as a basis for the content: CV, creative process developed by the artist, explanations regarding the techniques used, etc. A telephone conversation will be arranged with a member of BeCraft or the copywriter to discuss the content.