The Galician master craftsman Álvaro M. Leiro has been awarded the National Crafts Award 2023 (16th Edition), receiving €7.000 as a reward for his consolidated work. The ceremony took place on the 15th of December 2023, in Madrid (Spain) at the Ministry of Industry, and Tourism. It was headed by the Secretary of State for Industry, Rebeca Torró Soler, together with the General Director of the EOI Foundation, Juan Ignacio Díaz Bidart.
Álvaro M. Leiro, has been recognized for his lasting and solid commitment to the craftsmanship and culture of the trades, working to preserve ancestral knowledge and techniques in the craft of basket weaving. Álvaro’s work is based on his deep connection with the culture of Galicia. He intends to preserve and revitalize ancient forms of craftsmanship, transmitting their beauty and value through contemporary pieces. Since 2018 he has collaborated with the Loewe brand and his work is part of the brand’s catalogue of bags and accessories.
The Spanish National Crafts Awards are organized every year by the Ministry of Industry, and Tourism through the School of Industrial Organisation (EOI) and its craft promotion department, Fundesarte. Its objective is to promote the development and competitiveness of artisan SMEs as well as encourage innovation, design, and capacity for adaptation to new markets.
66 candidates from all over Spain have been registered in this edition which has five different categories: National Craft Award, Product Award, Entrepreneurship Award, and Promotion Award for public and private institutions.
Inés Rodríguez’s workshop has received the Product Award for its handmade dairy protein baby blanket, D-Leite, a product that brings together such positive values as the preservation of craft techniques, design, sustainability, and social and environmental responsibility.
In the entrepreneur category, the craftsman, Alfonso David Hidalgo Cruz, was selected. Through his brand Góngora Cerámica, he is dedicated to researching the latest and most sophisticated techniques of contemporary ceramics, both for utilitarian and more artistic crafts.
The Contemporary Association of Arts and Crafts has won the Promotion Award for Private Entities for its exhibition “Masters of the Future. Crafts and Design in Europe”, which provides recognition and visibility to the artisanal excellence of Spain and its dissemination at a national and international level.
And finally, the Promotion Award for public entities has gone to the The Galician Crafts Public Foundation, for its project “Corazón da Artesanía”, which promotes the economic boost of the Galician crafts sector from different perspectives, seeking to enhance the value of the crafts, the promotion of its products, their incorporation into new markets and especially the creation of a space for interrelation and synergies with other areas to which craftsmanship provides added value such as fashion, decoration, gastronomy, or architecture.
More information about the Spanish National Crafts Awards at www.