Monday, February 16, 2009

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009
Outside the Box

Deadline: June 22nd 2009 (RECEIVE)

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009
Cheongju International Craft Competition

Special Exhibition Room
23rd September to 1st November 2009

As the theme for the 2009 Biennale,‘Outside the box’ proposes that craft be considered or approached as a collective whole, rather than as a series of fragmentary and contending disciplines. To think outside the box, as the phrase goes in the West, is to transcend conditions and boundaries through the human faculty of imagination. ‘Outside the box’ is where the state of integration becomes attainable; where meetings become possible. The practice of craft is intrinsically the intercommunion between mankind and the immensity of nature. This is a substantializing principle in which all arts and crafts were once unified. What we term craft, as much as any art form, should in itself have the power to unify and represent all human values, in the here and now. To embrace an integrated world, both craftsman and fine artist must think across the spurious divisions of our times, and these reflections should inform the work itself.

Conditions of entry
● Individual or group works are invited with no restrictions regarding age or nationality.
● There is no limitation regarding subject matter.
● Each applicant may enter a maximum of 2 works to the competition.
● Any item comprising separate components or units will be considered as a single work.
● Entries cannot be accepted from members of the Cheongju Biennale Committee (hereafter referred to as ‘the committee’) or those participating in the main exhibition.
● Works previously exhibited at the Biennale or submitted thereto and works executed more than three years before the date of submission will not be accepted.
● All works must be available for the duration of the Cheongju International Craft Biennale and may not be removed from the exhibition before the closing date.
● There is no application fee.

Application forms must be accompanied by 3 digital images of each work, to include one view of the front elevation and two more of the work either in profile or in detail. Each image should be a jpg file with 300dpi between 2MB and 5MB. If the application is sent by post, it must include a CD with images as specified.

The Prizes:
There will be 26 prizes to include a total of $110,000 in cash.

The First Prize of $30,000
5 ‘Outside the box’ Special Awards of $8,000
5 Merit Awards of $5,000
15 ‘Craft Ideal’ Awards of $1,000
Certificates will also be awarded to approximately 150 runners-up.
Winners of the First Prize, ‘Outside the Box’ Special and Merit Awards will also receive travel and accommodation expenses for their attendance at the award ceremony.

Application forms are available online until Monday 15th June 2009 at the official website: or

Application forms and Image preparation guidelines also available at Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador site:

Outside the Box, Competition Entry Guidelines

Cheongju Image Preparation Guidelines

Cheongju International Craft Biennale Committee
329 Heungdeok-Ro, Heungdeok-Gu, Cheongju-Si, Chungcheongbuk-Do,
361-828, Republic of Korea
Tel +81 43 277 2501-3 Fax +82 43 277 2610 E-mail