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Awards Ceremony and Finalists Exhibition

OPEN TO ART, International Competition for Art Ceramics and Design

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Awards Ceremony and Finalists Exhibition

OPEN TO ART, International Competition for Art Ceramics and Design

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Exhibition Details

Awards Ceremony and Finalists Exhibition

OPEN TO ART, International Competition for Art Ceramics and Design

Artists Robert Cooper

From 1 to 16 March 2017

Details

Officine Saffi is pleased to invite you - Tuessday 28th February at 18.30 - to the exhibition of works by the 30 finalists in the second edition of Open to Art, International Competition for Art Ceramics and Design. During the course of the evening, the winners of the second edition of the Open to Art competition will be announced.

Open to Art was created to enhance and promote the use of ceramics in contemporary art and design, identifying points of excellence and the most innovative trends in terms of language and technique. The number of applicants has reached significant levels, demonstrating the interest in the prize, now at its second edition, at an international level. There were 300 applicants, of which 210 for the Art section and 90 for the Design section, from 48 countries, including all five continents.

From these applicants, the jury selected 30 finalists (20 for the Art Ceramics section, 10 for the Design Ceramics section) from 18 countries.

The international jury comprised Alberto Biagetti (Museo del Design 1880-1980), Laura Borghi (gallery owner, Officine Saffi, Milan, creator and promoter of the prize), Aileesh Carew (Project Director – Design & Crafts Council of Ireland), Carlotta De Bevilacqua (Architect, designer, Vice President of Artemide and President of Danese Milano), Mette Blum-Marcher (director of Guldagergaard), Paolo Dell'Elce (designer specializing in furnishings, lighting and other design objects), Flaminio Gualdoni (professor and art critic), Franco Marrocco (Director of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts), Shozo Michikawa (artist) and Kristina Riska (artist). The jury will select the winners of the second edition of Open to Art, to be announced on 28 February 2017 during the inauguration of the exhibition presenting all the finalist works.

Prizes
The competition awards two prizes, 5,000 euro each, for two categories, Art and Design.

In addition to the first prize in each category, there are also three Artist's Residencies, respectively in Japan for ICAF (International Ceramic Art Festival, Sasama), at Studio Amfora in Seinäjoki (Finland(, and at Guldagergaard in Denmark.
Two other awards will be assigned for Production, one with FABLAB Milan, and one with the Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza.
A special prize will be reserved for people under 30 by the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, and a Solo Show Prize will be offered by Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milan. A Special Prize of 500 euro will be offered by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte.

On occasion of the finalists' exhibition, the bilingual (Italian/English) magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo, published by Officine Saffi Publishing, will dedicate a special catalogue-section to the competition, with notes on the artistic development and oeuvre of the finalists in the Open to Art Prize.

Open to Art was created through the passion and many years of experience of the Officine Saffi Project group, whose objective is to promote the knowledge, public familiarity, use, collection and production of ceramics for art and design, in all its forms. Officine Saffi Project comprises the Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, the workshop Officine Saffi Lab in Milan, and the magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo.

Finalists
The finalists in the two categories of the second edition of Open to Art are:

Art Section:
Baek Kyung Won (KR)
Benedan Michela (IT)
Bingham Anna (UK)
Bittl Petra (DE)
Boševski Lidia (HR)
Casentini Enrica (IT)
Cooper Robert (UK)
Eastman Ken (UK)
Fløche Anne (DK)
Gardiner Emily (UK)
Huang Hua-Chen (TW)
Jalkh Heidi (CO)
Laleman Lut (BE)
Louis Frank (DE)
Onozawa Koichi (JP)
Pérez Rafael (ES)
Razumovskaya Irina (RU)
Taruta Hiroshi (JP)
Thorup Charlotte (DK)
Zanardi Serena (IT)

Design Section:
Enjalbert Sylvie (FR)
Lee Ahryun (KR)
Lirhus Falke Svatun (NO)
O’Rorke Margaret (UK)
Paronetto Paola (IT)
Sironi Roberto (IT)
Turkoglu Erin (US)
Venables Prue (AU)
Walsh Andrea (UK)
Zahareas Louisa (GR)

The event was organized in collaboration with:
Under the patronage of:

Colori            Fond Cologni Col Pos Cmyk 2            Logo Mic Faenza

Main Sponsor:

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AWARDS CEREMONY AND FINALISTS EXHIBITION
OPEN TO ART, International Competition for Art and Design Ceramics

Opening reception: Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 6.30pm

1 - 16 March 2017

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday > 10-13 / 14-18.30
Saturday > 11–18
Sunday by appointment
Admission free

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