The Spanish brand announced yesterday the names of the 30 finalists of the second edition of its Loewe Craft Prize contest.
The works of all the artists will be presented at a collective exhibition that will take place the day after the announcement of the winner, May 3, and will end June 17, 2018 at the Design Museum in London. The winner will be revealed during the opening. He will win a prize of 50,000 euros. The 30 finalists were selected by a jury of 11 experts from the world of art and fashion, including Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish house at the initiative of the competition inaugurated in 2016.
According to a statement from the brand, the jury met in Madrid for two days to deliberate and select 30 finalists from almost 2,000 participants from 86 different countries. Technical accuracy, innovation and artistic vision are among the factors that experts have taken into account when choosing the prize candidates.
The other 29 selected artists are: Paul Adie (UK), Gunilla Maria Akesson (Sweden), ARKO (Japan), Yeonsoon Chang (Korea), Min Chen (China), Hae Cho Chung (Korea), Steffen Dam (Denmark) ), Sam Tho Duong (Germany), Sara Gackowska (Poland), Ann van Hoey (Belgium), Joe Hogan (Ireland), Marie Janssen (Austria), Joonyong Kim (Korea), Christopher Kurtz (United States), Takuro Kuwata (Japan), Jennifer Lee (United Kingdom), Deirdre McLoughlin (Ireland), Richard McVetis (United Kingdom), Irina Razumovskaya (Russia), Aneta Regel (United Kingdom), Ryuhei Sako (Japan), Rita Soto (Chile) ), Laurenz Stockner (Italy), Wycliffe Stutchbury (Italy), Julian Watts (United States), Takeshi Yasuda (United Kingdom), Ashley YK Yeo (Singapore) and Shohei Yokoyama (Japan).
It was the German artist and craftsman Ernst Gamperl who won the previous and first edition of the contest.