EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR APPLIED ARTS
In 2009, due to the lack of visibility the European Craft Sector, BeCraft in partnership with the City of Mons and World Crafts Council Europe organized the European Prize for Applied Arts. It was seen as a unifying and promotional event that would raise awareness of the skills and role of craftsmanship in the 21st century across the EU. This initiative, has run every 3 years since 2009. The need for and importance of this event is underpinned by the level of interest from craftspeople. In 2009, almost 600 artists from 28 European countries responded to the call for entries.
Since 2009, the exhibition has displayed works by craftspeople from: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.
In order to provide meaningful support to selected craftspeople there are two key prizes. One prize for a Master Craftsman of €3,500 and one awarded for Young Talent of €3,000. The prizes provide significant experience and exposure for recipients and for those selected to exhibit.
Updates on the exhibition can be found on the Be Craft website Here ⇨