The Hanoitimes - An exhibition of craft and design will be held from June 12 to 30 at the Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center.
The exhibition will feature the work of 20 young designers and entrepreneurs who participated in the first ever Craft and Design Challenge Prize 2017, organized by the British Council Vietnam.
At the exhibition, audiences will be able to observe the results of creative processes that young designers have been developing. The projects on display, featuring contemporary design and high quality craftmanship, also demonstrate an intimate connection with participants’ interest in supporting craft products and communities.
Craft and design exhibition to be held in Hanoi.
In addition, the final result of the challenge will be announced at the opening reception on June 12. Prizes are valued at VND60 million (US$2,640) for the first prize, VND50 million (US$2,200) for the second prize, and VND40 million (US$1,760) for the third one.
Prize winners will be expected to use the awarded amount as a seed fund to implement their newly formulated craft and design development projects.
The first ever Craft and Design Challenge Prize 2017 has been launched for Vietnam’s design students, young designers and entrepreneurs who either show an interest and ability in craft-based design or have experience running craft and design projects and businesses.
The contest, organized by the British Council Vietnam, aims especially to create new and more inclusive opportunities for women in sustainable and ethical craft-based production. The contest is also a response to the increasingly endangered field in the face of globalization and rapid economic development.
Vietnam has an annual US$1.6 billion handicraft export value of low price products. Craft products by ethnic minority groups in most northern Vietnam provinces rarely make it to the export market through official channels but their works are largely sold as cheap souvenirs to tourists.
The primary issue that Crafting Futures in East Asia seeks to address is maintaining the well-being and sustainable livelihood of and developing opportunities for women and girls, according to Delphine Pawlik, Program Director, Culture and Development, British Council, South and East Asia.
The Craft and Design Challenge 2017 in Vietnam is contributing to the discussion of these issues and improves the connection between designers and craft entrepreneurs with ethnic minority women artisans, he added.