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U-50 INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI (artisan crafts) AWARDS

Outline of awards:
U-50 INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI (artisan crafts) AWARDS are given  to young craftspeople – artists, craftsmen, and designers who are age  50 or younger – who work in fields related to KOGEI (artisan crafts).  This competition comprehensively evaluates and recognizes not only  the craftworks, expressions and techniques, but also, the individual craft workers and their approaches that include their thinking,  efforts and activities, strategies and implementation, and vision for  the future.

Its goals are to reevaluate the existing stereotypes  about KOGEI by going back to a neutral standpoint, acknowledging the  global trend in which the field of KOGEI is becoming borderless and  its disciplines interrelated, and to create opportunities for  international networking and collaboration, and from there, to paint  a new future vision for the world of KOGEI.

The eligible techniques  and materials include lacquerware, metalworks, casting, wood carving,  hand-made paper, silk textiles, ceramics, as well as glass, leather,  dying-and-weaving, and many other crafts historically practiced  around the world. We are expecting receiving many submissions from  KOGEI individuals who are demonstrating the kind of appeal that can  only be found in KOGEI that simultaneously embody both tradition and  innovation, and are practicing a new kind of craft-making work.

Theme: THIS IS KOGEI / TRADITION AND INNNOVATION

Prize money:
Grand Prize: 2,000,000 JPY (1 individual or group)
Excellence Award: 500,000 JPY (1 individual or group)
Honorable Mention: 300,000 JPY (4 individuals or groups)
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Special Prize: 300,000 JPY (1 individual or group)

Finalist privilege:
The Collaborative Creation Program The 6 individuals or groups, who  win Grand prize, Excellence Award, Honorable mention, will  participate in and create new works in collaboration with hosts  (corporation, craft studio, craftsperson, etc.) in a craft-making  environment in Hokuriku.

Organized by Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in  the fiscal 2017

registration deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (cutoff time: 11:59pm Japan Time)

Contact name and e-mail address: award@kogeisummit.jp
more information on the organization: http://www.pref.toyama.jp/english/index.html
more information on the open call: https://kogeisummit.jp/en/