In the International KOGEI Award in Toyama is for craftspeople who are under 50 years of age, including artists, artisans, and designers.
This award comprehensively evaluates not only craft works, expressions, and techniques, but also ideas, efforts, strategies and activities of each craftspeople, and encourages them.
The award aims to draw the future vision of crafts by reconsidering the stereotypical concept of traditional crafts once from an unbiased perspective, capturing the global trends in crafts that are becoming more and more borderless and cross-fields, and creating opportunities for international networks and collaboration.
Techniques and materials eligible to apply are: lacquer, bronzeware, casting, woodcarving, hand-made Washi paper, silk weaving, Maki-e lacquerware, ceramics, glass, leather, metalwork other than bronzeware, dyeing and traditional crafts maintained in each region of the world.
We are looking forward to receiving a large number of applications from craftspeople who are practicing novel KOGEI (artisan crafts), showcasing the art created only by KOGEI which consists of inextricably connected two elements, tradition and innovation.

Grand Prize (1 individual/group)
2,000,000 JPY
Excellence Award (1 individual/group)
500,000 JPY
Honorable Mention Award (4 individuals/groups)
300,000 JPY
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Special Prize (1 individual/group)
300,000 JPY

Privilege: The Grand Prize-winning work will be added to the collection of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design.
October 1, 2019 - January 27, 2020