25 November until 4 December 2016
MKG Arts and Crafts Fair 2016

For over 130 years, the MKG Messe Kunst und Handwerk (Arts and Crafts Fair) has offered contemporary craft artists and designers a space in which they can present their work to a broader public. The arts and crafts fair started by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) and its circle of friends, the Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft, is a central forum for the meeting of cultural knowledge of craft techniques, the properties of various materials and sustainable processing methods. Besides the conservation of the rich traditional cultural craft heritage, the fair also reflects ongoing trends in artistic craftwork and design and devotes attention to the topical debate on values, focusing on themes such as ecology and the new taste for luxury, the unique object and mass production, conditions of production and work. The jury of specialists, ten in number, has chosen 66 participants out of a total of 137 applicants from many countries. The spectrum of work on show encompasses the fields of jewellery, textiles, furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, and tableware, produced by hand as unique pieces or in small editions. From this circle, the jury decides on the prizewinner to whom the Justus Brinckmann Prize, endowed with 7,500 euros, will be awarded. On top of this, the selection committee follows the development of international trends and nominates promising young talents. The prizewinner in this category will receive the Justus Brinckmann Incentive Award, worth 2,500 euros. The university platform at this year's fair will be presented by the renowned Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London with its Jewellery & Textiles Programme under the leadership of Caroline Broadhead. Alongside this, the Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur, represented by Hendrike Farenholtz and Prof. Verena Wriedt, will be presenting the project "Crafts and Violence", developed in collaboration with Herford Prison/correctional facility.

Ill.: Lamp, O-Licht, 2015, detail, mulberry paper, photo: Jamie Dau