14th Westerwald Prize 2019

Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen (DE), 1.10.2019–15.3.2020
Exhibition opening: Sunday, 29.9.2019, 5 p.m.

The Westerwald Prize is awarded to outstanding ceramic works in a competition and presented in an exhibition. The primary aim is to promote the dialogue between ceramics and art in the region.
The great interest in the prize and the geopolitical developments of recent years prompted the organisers of the Westerwald Prize 1999 to publish the competition not only nationally but also throughout Europe. Since then, this decision has been used to specifically promote cultural exchange within Europe.

For this 14th edition of the Westerwald Prize, 425 applications from all over Europe were submitted. This year’s jury was formed by the gallery owner and art collector Jörg Johnen, Berlin; the chief curator of the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Dr. Sabine Runde; the British artist Julian Stair as well as the former professor of ceramics in North Carolina and Chicago and former director of the European Ceramic Workcentre Xavier Toubes. In an anonymous pre-selection, the jury selected 48 artists with a total of 74 works.

With 10,000 euros as first prize and 6,000 euros as second prize, this competition awards one of the highest prizes for ceramics in Europe. A sponsorship prize of 3,000 euros also supports artists who are still studying or undergoing training. The prize of the city of Höhr-Grenzhausen for salt fired ceramics has been awarded since 1992 as part of the Westerwald Prize. This year, the city increased the prize money to 10,000 euros, underlining its great interest in a contemporary artistic development of the only glaze technique developed in Europe.

 

 

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