The 45 shortlisted artists of the Officine Saffi Award will be on show from September 7th to November 7th, 2021
Installations, objects, sculptures, and research projects will be on display at an exhibition where the world of contemporary art meets collectible design and high-level international craftsmanship. This important exhibition will bring together the most exciting research on ceramics in two locations: the Officine Saffi Gallery (via Saffi 7) and a new exhibition space located in Piazza Virgilio 4.

Artists on show: Gunilla Maria Åkesson (1963, Sweden), Anton Alvarez (1980, Sweden), Eyvind Solli Andreassen (1986, Norway), Salvatore Arancio (1974, Italy), Francesco Ardini (1986, Italy), Audrey Ballacchino(1986, France), Chiara Camoni (1974, Italy), David Casini (1973, Italy), Rino Claessens (1994, The Netherlands) , Phoebe Cummings (1981, UK), Formabesta (1965-68, Spain), Jennifer Forsberg (1970, Sweden), Elly Glossop (1982, Scotland) , Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (1991, Sweden), Michele Guido (1976, Italy), Jessica Harrison (1982, UK), Marianne Huotari (1986, Finland), Julia Huteau (1982, France), Qwist Joseph (1987, USA), Jonathan Keep (1958, UK), Maria Kristofersson (1956, Sweden), Jeongwon Lee(1985, South Korea), Icaro Maiterena (1978, Spain), Virginia Leonard(1965, New Zealand), Claire Lindner (1982, France), Carlo Lorenzetti(1990, USA), Ian McDonald (1975, USA), Domenico Mangano & Marieke Van Rooy (1974-76, IT-NL), Caterina Morigi (1991, Italy), Monika Patuszyn╠üska (1973, Poland), Gregorio Peño Velasco (1983, Spain), Héloïse Piraud (1988, France), Andrea Sala (1976, Italy), Catherine Sanke(1990, Germany), Francesco Simeti (1968, Italy), John Souter(1989, USA), Akiko Taniguchi (1978, Japan), Tellurico (1985, Italy), Iren Tete (1990, USA), Liya Wan (1963, China).

In addition, the FOCUS: DENMARK exhibition will feature Aya Simone Bækhøj Schmidt (1995), Marie Herwald Hermann (1979),Turi Heisselberg Pedersen (1965),Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen (1987) and Lone Skov Madsen (1964).

FOCUS: is a new special section focused on a specific geographical area. Danish artists, in collaboration with the Danish Arts Foundation, are the protagonists of this first edition.

More than 600 candidates entered the competition. Finalists were short listed by an international committee composed of various influencers from the world of art and design: Glenn Adamson, curator, Garth Clark, editor-in-chief Cfile, Annalisa Rosso, co-founder Mr. Lawrence, Matt Wedel, artist, Elisa Ossino, architect and interior designer, Jill Singer e Monica Khemsurov, editors-in-chief Sight Unseen, Isabelle Naef Galuba, director of the Musée Ariana, Laura Borghi, founder Officine Saffi.
Shortly before the exhibition opens, the winners of the awards will be announced in an online ceremony. The jury for the competition will be composed of: Alessandro Rabottini curator, artistic director In Between Art Film; Livia Peraldo Matton, editor-in-chief Elle Decor; Christian Larsen, curator MAD Museum; Alvise Braga Illa, collector; Julian Stair, artist; Carolina Orsini, curator MUDEC; Lisbet Friis, designer and member of Danish Arts Foundation; Laura Borghi, founder Officine Saffi.Saffi.

In addition to a first prize of €10,000, there are numerous residency awards offered by some of the most prestigious international art centers dedicated to ceramics:Sundaymorning@ekwc, HollandGuldagergaard, DenmarkBruckner Foundation, SwitzerlandMondovì Ceramics Museum, ItalyEste Ceramiche, ItalyInternational Ceramic Art Festival, Sasama, JapanPäivi Rintaniemi and Seinäjoki City, Finland.
The Four Arts Acquisition Award, worth € 3500, is the last prize established to promote young ceramic artists under the age of 35.

The exhibition set-up is designed by Riccardo Rossi.

The Officine Saffi Awards could not exist without the generous support of its
Patrons: 
The Municipality of Milan
International Museum of ceramics in Faenza

Partners: 
Sundaymonring@ekwc
Guldagergaard
Museo della Ceramica di Mondovì
Bruckner Foundation
Este Ceramiche
Päivi Rintaniemi
Città di Seinäjoki
ICAF, Sasama
Four Arts
Danish Arts Foundation
Italia Fudosan Real Estate
Terre Davis

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