European Prize For Applied Arts

Zoe Robertson selected for European Prize for Applied Arts - mons, belguim www.wcc-bf.org

European Prize for Applied Arts

I’m delighted to announce my “Subscribe” necklace has been selected for the European Prize for Applied Arts.

The European prize for Applied Arts showcases 78 makers from 18 countries at the Grand Hall of the “Anciens Abattoirs” in Mons, Belgium. This exhibition is part of the European Craft Summit. Beyond a simple presentation of pieces of artwork, the Triennial of Applied Arts shows us the fusion of concepts and material through the dialogue that takes place between the thought, the feelings and the hand.

Exhibition from 24th October 2015 until 10th January 2016

Opening Friday 23rd October 2015 at 19.00

For more information please visit Worlds Craft Council Europe  or HERE

PRESS RELEASE below from KLIMT02

 

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European Prize for Applied Arts –  Competition and Exhibition

What are applied arts in the 21st century? What is special about these hybrid disciplines, fruit of both art and technology?

Craft is inherent to the applied arts and the concepts are often used interchangeably: craft = applied art. But when you analyse both concepts – craft and applied art – more closely, it becomes clear that the one (craft) can lead to the other (applied art), and that the other (applied art) cannot exist without the one (craft). Put more simply: an applied art cannot exist that does not come from a craft, which is traditionally split up by material and how to work it, but craft and craftsmanship are much more widely usable than in just the applied arts.

So where does the applied arts place themselves?

The European Prize for Applied Arts tries to answer this question.

Beyond a simple presentation of pieces of artwork, the Triennial of Applied Arts shows us the fusion of concepts and material through the dialogue that takes place between the thought, the feelings and the hand. This hand translates thought and tames knowledge in order to understand and translate man’s relationship with the world and with the daily things.

There are no geographical boundaries for craft skills and processes. The action of making, and the outcome of a crafted object, connects cultures, communities, and generations. Handmade objects have a story. They have been touched, manipulated, hammered, thrown, blown, and carved by another human hand. They connect us both to our past, and crucially for this exhibition, they connect us to the present.

But right now, while craft and DIY are so noticeably in the limelight and while social movements can be mobilized via handcrafting, unknown chances could be waiting in the wings. The European Prize for Applied Arts could play a role here, directing instead of following, and stimulating by beating new paths.

The number of applications for the 2012 edition shows that the European Prize for Applied Arts has already come a long way in establishing itself as an important event for contemporary craft (or applied or decorative arts) in Europe.

Open: everyday (except Monday, 24, 25, 31.12.2015 and 01.01.2016)  from 10h- 8h

European Prize for Applied Arts 2012

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European Prize for Applied Arts 2012  

What is Applied Arts? ” When creating bursts into daily life, when jewellery becomes message, when ceramics becomes poem, when design changes life, when the artists have a fresh look at everything of daily life, and create unique pieces through the “intelligence of the hand”, this is what Applied Arts means.

Objects and furniture design, textile design, contemporary ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing, glass, metalwork,… Come and discover the best of European Applied Arts, during summertime, at the Grand Hall of the “Abattoirs Abattoirs” of Mons (Belgium).

Seasoned designers and young talents, whose creations will be on show in the magnificent showcase of the Grand Hall, interact thanks to an exhibition design from entrusted to Evelyne Gilmont, a designer from Brussels teaching at the School of Plastic and Visual Arts of Mons” courtesy of WCC-BF website

From a total of 550 applications from all around Europe, the jury met at the WCC-BF’s gallery in Mons and selected just 86 applications for the exhibition

The following experts selected the work

  • Alice Cantigniau, Culture Service, City Mons
  • Vincent Cartuyvels, Director Artschool ” Le 75″, Brussels
  • Liesbeth Den Besten, art critic, curator, expert in contemporary jewellery
  • Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida, Art historian, Art Director Gallery Collection, Paris
  • Hélène Martiat, Inspector Art Education, Ministry of Education
  • Frank Steyaert, Ceramicist, collector, Director Gallery Steyaert, Gent

Zoe Robertson commented ” I am extremely delighted to be selected for this prestigious exhibition and to be amongst such esteemed company alongside applied artists of the highest calibre is a great honour”

Amongst the exhibits an international jury of experts will award, two prizes which will be announced at the private view:

  • The Master Prize, which carries a money prize of €3,500, conferred on an artist over 35 years of age, author of a key work.
  • The Young Talent Prize, which carries a money prize of €3,000, conferred on a young artist aged 35 at most

The European Prize for Applied arts will take place from 14th July until 9th September, 2012 at Les Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium at the World Crafts Council-Europe. Organised by WCC-BF, in partnership with the City of Mons and WCC-Europe. With the support of the Plastic Arts Department of the Federation Wallonia Brussels and Design Vlaanderen

For further information please visit: World Crafts Council

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of European Prize