Sunday, December 09, 2007

13th International Lace Biennial - Contemporary Art

Deadline: 1 March 2008

13th International Lace Biennial: Contemporary Art
Queen Fabiola's Grand Prix
Brussels, Belgium
November 2008 to January 2009

Competition objective

The 13th International Lace Biennial is aimed at encouraging and promoting the artistic development of Contemporary Art Lace, the search for new shapes and materials and/or techniques demonstrating current ideas.

The competition is open to any amateur or professional regardless of ideology, language, politics or race, provided that:

  • the creations consist of interlaced, plaited or braided fibres and threads;

  • they fulfil the criteria of novel forms, freedom of movement, fluidity, transparency, and poetry;

  • their technique embraces modernity and is similar to lace;

  • the exhibits are at least two years old.

Fields of creation

The work must convey current ideas and be similar to lace by satisfying criteria of freedom of concept, movement, transparency, space filling and it must be of an innovative nature.

The name of the artist must be visible on the reverse if possible or at a point unable to be seen by the jury.

Freedom is given in dimensions; however, for practical reasons, the height of the work cannot exceed 2.50 m and the weight should not exceed 50 kg

Applications, folders

Enrolment forms for the 13th Biennial can be obtained from the association’s secretariat:

Biennale Internationale de la Dentelle a.s.b.l.
rue de la Violette
6 – BE - 1000 Brussels
tel/fax: 00/32-2-770 86 70

or by e-mail:

The association's head office must receive the enrollment form, by registered mail, by 1 March 2008 at the latest, accompanied by the complete presentation folder. Each artist submits either one personal work which will have to be produced in less than two years.

The presentation folder must contain

the enrolment form, duly filled in and signed;
the artist’s curriculum vitae not to be longer than one side of A4;
2 identical CD-ROMs each including:
a shot of the complete work with a scale of measurement graduated in cm,
a shot(s) of the complete work without scale of measurement,
as far as three-dimensional works are concerned, a shot of each side is required.

a sample(s) of the lace textile (fabric and workmanship) in the chosen material and of sufficient size (maximum format A4, minimum square of 10 x 10 cm).

a supplementary file presenting photos of recent works (no more than five years old) without any mention of the author's name on the documents.

Folders that are incomplete or do not conform or whose CD-ROM does not meet technical production criteria or for which the “Concept” section has not been completed will be automatically disqualified.

Composition of the International Jury

The International Jury is composed of members of the artistic council of the Biennial:

Maggy Baum Designer, Honorary Teacher at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels (La Cambre), Belgium
Marie-Claude Béaud Artistic Director of the Musée d’Art Contemporain Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg
Denise Biernaux Expert in Contemporary Textile, Teacher at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels (la Cambre), Belgium
Jean Coquelet Honorary Curator at the Musée d’Ixelles, Belgium
Françoise de Loisy Curator of the Musées d’Angers, chargée du Musée Jean Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, France
Charlotte Delwiche President of the International Lace Biennial, Belgium
Eliane De Wilde Honorary Chief Conservator of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Fabienne Dumont Responsible of the Centre européen d’Art Contemporain of the City of Brussels, Belgium
Marco Faggioli Expert in Chinese and Japanese art, Curator of exhibitions, Author, Italy
Martine Ghuys President of Domaine de la Lice, Belgium
Ursula Karbacher Conservator at the Textilmuseum St-Gallen, Switzerland
Catherine Parfait Expert in Contemporary Lace, Belgium
Corinne ter Assatouroff Curator to the Museum of Costume and Lace, of the City of Brussels, Belgium
Colette van Steyvoort Honorary Lace Master of the City of Brussels, Founder of the International Lace Biennial, Honoured President of the International Lace Biennial, Belgium

The International Jury will select the works on the basis of the presentation folders submitted by the participants. The decisions of the jury are final.

Selected artists and winners

The winning artists will receive one of the following titles :

"Winner of the Queen Fabiola’s Grand Prix of the 13th International Lace Biennial"
"Winner of the Golden Bobbin of the 13th International Lace Biennial"
"Winner of the Silver Bobbin of the 13th International Lace Biennial"
"Winner of the Bronze Bobbin of the 13th International Lace Biennial"
"Winner of the Crystal Bobbin of the 13th International Lace Biennial "

Queen Fabiola's Grand Prix is attributed by the International Jury of the 13th International Lace Biennial, in accordance with the special qualities inherent in the work and its importance from the viewpoint of contemporary lace.

It will be awarded to an artist whose work matches item 2 of these rules.

Queen Fabiola's Grand Prix is awarded to allow the artist to continue his creative development through the organization of an exhibition, which will take place in Brussels during the following Biennial. At this exhibition, necessarily organised in partnership with the Biennial Artistic Council, the winning work of two years previously will be displayed at the same time as the new works .

The maximum value of the prize is fixed at €3,718 and will take the form of an open credit to the winner, to enable the exhibition to be set up. This credit covers organisational costs, and the exhibition in Brussels (rental fees, transportation, invitations, reception, etc.).

These costs will be reimbursed on presentation of the relevant expense vouchers up to the total value of the prize (€3,718).

The members of the International Jury may decide not to award the Grand Prix if they feel the criteria are not met.

Exhibition of prize-winning and selected works

The 13th International Lace Biennial - Contemporary Art, will be exhibited in Brussels and will form the subject of other exhibitions abroad.

Sale of exhibits

Works by artists can be sold with their agreement but no publicity can be made in this regard as the exhibit takes place in a public place.

Artists wishing to offer their work for sale during the exhibitions, must specify the selling price in advance, in euros. Where a sale is made, 25% will be deducted to cover various expenses and taxes.

Should an artist agree to sell their work during the exhibition period (Belgium and abroad), they may not go back on their decision.

Rules and Application Online Forms via the website: (Rules) (Application)

Downloadable Word Docs via Craftscotland

Rules for International Lace Biennial (DOC 70.5 KB)
Application form International Lace Biennial (DOC 42.0 KB)

Visit the website for complete details:

For all information and correspondence:

Biennale Internationale de la Dentelle — Art Contemporain a.s.b.l.
Rue de la Violette 6
B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel : +32 (0)2 770 86 70
Fax : +32 (0)2 770 86 70