I have notice from Mino, Japan with their information on entry into their 11th International Ceramics Competition next year. Selection is lengthy and a tad complicated but it starts soon. First, if interested, download the info form from www.icfmino.com and fill out to register. You’ll need images- of you (headshot) up to 1MB. Then, 3 images of the work up to 2MB. You’ll need a statement…either with registration or else accompanying the work at final stage if you get that far. This to be UP TO 100 characters only and will be rejected if over.
Deadline is January 10, 2017….so not long! They request that the work be not larger than 4 cu.m in volume and not greater than 4m. high. Ha!
Be aware that ALL shipping expenses are now the responsibility of the entrant. (They used to pay to get the work there to Japan but no longer) Be aware also that it is more expensive to get work from Japan than to send to Japan. Be aware also that should they deem that the work is not the same as the image submitted they will return the work, with no other notice, to you freight forward. First you’ll know is a knock on the door by a FedEx courier with your work tucked under his arm and a bill in his hand. Read Ivan Albrecht’s account of his experiences for the last one in Ceramics Art and Perception – check index to find.
On the plus side, you are eligible to win a Grand Prize of 10 million yen, or 1 million yen for the Gold Award or lesser amounts for each of the other 14 awards (all prizes are also subject to tax before you get it) and all award entries become the property of the competition organisers until 2019 (when presumably you can have it returned at your expense) while the two main awards are kept by the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu. There is no mention of payment for the works so presumably the Awards are considered acquisitional.
However, even if you just get accepted for the exhibition you will get an Honorable Mention certificate and be in the always splendiferous catalogue. (The Japanese often do this better than anyone else…)
They have reduced the number of judges from the former ten for each category (Design/Art) to seven for all categories. That alone is a vast improvement for an Asian competition as massive judging panels are de rigueur generally and this is probably budgetary as judges fees were very high but that was when the Japanese economy was robust… alas…
They state that no information is available to the panel during judging (name /country /CV etc). Which brings it into line with what happens in most of the world. It’s a standard that the Fletcher Challenge Awards set many years ago. We were the first to institute that and it always stood us in good stead and meant even new grads were prepared to go to the expense of entering. Judging is in the usual two stages (used to be actual work and in one stage, but that has had to be wiped due to pressure internationally and inconvenience of sending work so far on spec and returning it). Even in Japan in a traditional ceramics area the available voluntary help is just not so prevalent these days.
For those maybe travelling that far, the exhibition will open in 15th September 2017 through to October 22nd in Mino which is easily accessible via train from Tokyo.