I. Who prensents the Faber-Castell Interational Drawing Award?
The award is presented by the Faber-Castell company and the Neues Museum – State Museum for Art and Design in Nuremberg – as equal partners.
II. How did the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award come about, and what are its objectives?
The award is a cooperation between two partners – Faber-Castell AG and the Neues Museum in Nuremberg – who have jointly defined its aims and structure. The art prize was initiated by Count Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell, the Chairman of Faber-Castell AG, and Dr Angelika Nollert, the former Director of the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. The involvement of the Neues Museum guarantees the official standing of the art award in an international context. As a long-term cooperative undertaking, the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award is a significant new initiative for the promotion and exhibition of internationally acclaimed contemporary art in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg.
III. How does the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award relate to Faber-Castell AG’s business activities?
Supporting and promoting young international artists is highly consistent with Faber-Castell’s activities as a globally established manufacturer of high-quality products for artists and creative-minded individuals, and also reflects our Chairman’s strong personal interest in art and culture. During the 1980s and 90s, Faber-Castell recognised and supported young international artists through the artist-in-residence programme known as the “Stadtzeichner” [draughtsman/woman of the City of Nuremberg], which was awarded in partnership with the City of Nuremberg. In 1995 the Faber-Castell Academy was founded, which offers creatively talented individuals the possibility of furthering their education or studying for academic qualifications. The preservation and public opening of Faber-Castell’s historic buildings and the Faber-Castell Castle in Stein, which also houses an exhibition space, provide further examples of the company’s commitment to cultural responsibility.
IV. What is the mission of the Neues Museum in Nuremberg?
The Neues Museum – State Museum for Art and Design in Nuremberg views itself as a place of openness, inspiration, education and dialogue. The museum holds an extensive collection of contemporary art and shows painting, sculpture, photography and media art from 1945 to the present day in collection displays and temporary exhibitions. In the area of design, the Neues Museum cooperates directly with Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich. The integrated presentation of visual art and design in a single location gives the museum its unique identity. With its striking modern architecture and impressive glass facade, the Neues Museum is a strong symbol of the city of Nuremberg and the entire metropolitan region.
V. What conditions do artists have to meet in order to be nominated for or win the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award? Is it true that artists may NOT apply for the award?
The award is aimed at international artists, aged up to around 40, for whom engagement with the medium of drawing is a key aspect of their practice. The outstanding work the nominated artists have already produced and their innovative approach to this medium show exceptional potential for continued development in the future. The focus is on artists who have already taken important steps towards establishing a successful international career. The award is therefore not primarily intended to promote emerging talents at the beginning of their career, nor does it recognise the life’s work of an artist. Artists may not apply for the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award – the five candidates are proposed by an international panel of nominators.
VI. What is the selection process for the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award?
The award is made every three years and was first presented in 2012. Five independent, international nominators each propose one outstanding artist, and these five nominees are invited to participate in the group show Faber-Castell International Drawing Award at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. They compete for the award with their contributions to this exhibition. A jury of international art experts then selects the award winner from these five contenders on the day before the exhibition opens and the prize-giving ceremony is held.
VII. Who appoints the panel of nominators and the expert jury, and what are their respective roles?
In consultation with Faber-Castell, the Neues Museum in Nuremberg appoints the members of the international panel of nominators and the jury on the basis of their professional expertise in the field of contemporary art. Each of the five members of the panel of nominators proposes one artist. Neither the Neues Museum nor the Faber-Castell company has the right to nominate artists. Shortly before the opening of the award exhibition, the expert jury (comprising one representative of the Neues Museum and four external jurors) selects the award winner from the five contenders. The jury’s decision is made directly in front of the exhibited works.
VIII. According to what criteria are the artworks evaluated?
The Faber-Castell International Drawing Award recognises artists who employ the medium of drawing, whereby the concept of drawing is very broadly defined in terms of techniques, materials and thematic concerns. Although drawing has long served visual artists as a valuable design or planning tool, in the second half of the 20th century it emancipated itself from this supporting role and established its position as an independent art form. Drawing is currently making an impressive comeback, with artists all over the world exploring or rediscovering this medium. Contemporary drawing may go beyond the bounds of the conventional paper format and the limits of two-dimensionality, and can also overlap with other artistic media to include performative, installative or digital aspects. The Faber-Castell International Drawing Award explicitly reflects this broadly conceived notion of drawing. The jury evaluates the exhibited artworks in the context of the respective artist’s oeuvre, as well as in relation to the concept of drawing. The decision is based on the quality and consistency of the individual artistic approach.
IX. Who is responsible for organising the exhibition?
The Neues Museum in Nuremberg organises the joint exhibition featuring all five nominated artists, who may contribute existing and/or newly developed artworks. The exhibition is curated by Dr Melitta Kliege, Head of Exhibitions at the Neues Museum.
X. When and where does the prize-giving ceremony take place, and what does the award winner receive?
The formal prize-giving ceremony is held in conjunction with the opening of the award exhibition at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, and in the presence of numerous local dignitaries. The winner receives a monetary award of €15,000, which is funded by the Faber-Castell company.