THE INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI (artisan crafts) SUMMIT

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U-50 INTERNATIONAL
HOKURIKU KOGEI (artisan crafts) AWARDS

U-50 INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI (artisan crafts) AWARDS are awards 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 look forward to 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.

■ Total prize money: 4,000,000 JPY

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 (for the 6 individual or group who win Grand prize Excellence Award, Honorable mention)

We announce the names of the Finalists.

  • Esmé Hofman(The Netherlands)
  • Jong Min Lee(S. Korea)
  • Marcin Rusak(UK)
  • Daigo Adachi(Japan)
  • Takakuni Kawahara(Japan)
  • Akio Niisato(Japan)

We announce the winner of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Special Prize.

  • Taiju Hannya(Japan)

THE INTERNATIONAL
HOKURIKU KOGEI SUMMIT Symposium

Lectures and panel discussions will be held with experts and committee members invited from all over the world.

AT TOYAMA CITY

November 18th 2017 (Sat)
14:30pm-17:30pm
Toyama Prefectural
Museum of
Art and Design,
Second floor Foyer
(3-20 Kibamachi, Toyama
930-0806 Japan)

Entrance Fee: Free    
Capacity: 150 guests

Part1:
Keynote Speech
“Does KOGEI have a future?”

By Rupert Faulkner
(Senior Curator for Japan at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London)

Part2: Discussion

  • By Masanori Aoyagi
    (Committee chairman)
  • Rupert Faulkner
  • Koji Hatakeyama
    (Metal Artist, Professor of Kanazawa College of Art)
  • Chiaki Hayashi
    (Co-founder and Representative Director of
    Loftwork Inc.)
  • Moderated by Noriko Kawakami
    (Committee member)

Rupert Faulkner

Rupert Faulkner is Senior Curator for Japan at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Born in Yokohama and educated in Britain, he graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Japanese Studies in 1977. His doctoral thesis on the history of Seto and Mino ceramics was accepted by Oxford University in 1988. He joined the V&A in 1984. His current focus of research is modern Japanese design.

Koji Hatakeyama

Born in 1956 in Toyama. Graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, This department consists (Metal casting). Won the Takashimaya Art prize of the Takashimaya culture foundation, the grand prize of the Sano Renaissance Metal Casting Exhibition in 2007, the MOA museum of art award of the 18th Mokichi Okada Award in 2012. Currently reside in Takaoka city, Toyama. Professor of Kanazawa College of Art.

Chiaki Hayashi

Co-founded Loftwork Inc. in 2000 and currently serves as its representative director. Loftwork is a new style of creative agency that boasts a network of over 25,000 creators. Each year Loftwork rolls out over 200 projects, including web, community, and spacial design initiatives. Loftwork operates the digital fabrication cafe, FabCafe. Hayashi is Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, She has recently founded “Hidakuma” which aims to rebuild nature and local creativity in Gifu prefecture, and serves as the President and CEO.

AT TAKAOKA CITY

November 23rd 2017
 (Thu / Holiday)
14:00pm-17:30pm
WING WING Takaoka,
Fourth floor Hall
(1-8 Suehirocho, Takaoka
933-0023 Japan)

Entrance Fee: Free
Capacity: 400 guests

Part1: U-50 INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI AWARD Review

Part2: Discussion

  • By Takakazu Ishii
    (Governor of Toyama Prefecture)
  • Masanori Aoyagi
    (Committee chairman)
  • Hidetoshi Nakata
    (Committee member)
  • Moderated by Toshiki Kiriyama
    (Director of the INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI SUMMIT)

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* In the event that we receive a large number of applications, successful candidates will be chosen by raffle.
* Speakers are subject to change.

* In the event that we receive a large number of applications, successful candidates will be chosen by raffle.

* Speakers are subject to change.

Committee

Masanori Aoyagi

Masanori Aoyagi

Committee chairman
Professor Emeritus,
Univ. of Tokyo

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Noriko Kawakami

Photography by Takaaki Koshiba

Noriko Kawakami

Journalist, Associate Director of
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

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Reiko Sudo

Reiko Sudo

Textiles designer, Professor of
Tokyo Zokei University

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Hidetoshi Nakata

Hidetoshi Nakata

Representative Director of
TAKE ACTION FOUNDATION

Tord Boontje

Photography by Angela Moore

Tord Boontje

Designer, Former Professor of
Royal Collage of Art

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Jeong-cheol Choi

Jeong-cheol Choi

President of SQUARE GRAPHY,
Former President of Korean Craft &
Design Foundation

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Natalie Dubois

Natalie Dubois

Curator of Centraal Museum Utrecht,
the Netherlands
(Design and applied arts)

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Shin-Bou Lin

Shin-Bou Lin

Deputy CEO of Taiwan Design Center

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Shannon Stratton

Shannon Stratton

Chief Curator of Museum of
Arts and Design (MAD)

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Mario Trimarchi

Mario Trimarchi

Architect, Designer, Professor of
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
(NABA)

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Chao Ying Wang

Chao Ying Wang

Cultural Researcher,
Traditional craft artist,
President of PAOSNET

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