Every other year, the Biennale for Craft & Design focuses on contemporary practitioners with a strong dissemination programme, an Open Call exhibition and a prize of DKK 100,000, which is generously donated by Danmarks Nationalbank’s Jubilæumsfond. A theme is attached to each Biennale, which must help to support professional development and social relevance.
Every Biennale has a theme, which is presented together with an Open Call, which all professional artisans and designers in Denmark can bid on. Subsequently, a jury of professionals will select the projects that go on to the exhibition and the prize of DKK 100,000.
The Biennale was created on the initiative of Danish Crafts & Design Association in 1995 with changing partners and exhibition venues. This ensures a changeable and up-to-date framework for contemporary professional craftsmanship and design. The Biennale is an open exhibition and competition in which all professional performers with a connection to Denmark including the Danish Commonwealth can apply for participation. The Biennale is thus both a stage for new talents as well as established performers, which creates a good synergy among the participants.