The Biennale is an exhibition and a competition taking stock of Danish crafts and design today.  All professionals within the crafts and design field in Denmark are able to submit an application, making the Biennale a platform for both established as well as new talents. The application procedure is electronic and affords applicants the opportunity of submitting sketches of their planned projects.

Craftspeople and designers living outside of Denmark may submit applications as a part of an artist/design group with at least one Danish member.

The selected exhibitors compete for the Biennale Award with a prize sum of 100.000 Danish kroner.

In 2021, the Biennale for Crafts & Design will be shown at Koldinghus.

Open Call

The individual Biennale shave a theme that is presented together with an open call, which all artisans and designers in Denmark can invite. Subsequently, a jury of professionals will select the projects that go on to the exhibition and the competition for the 100,000 kroner.


  • The Biennale develops and disseminates an area that has a significant place in Danish culture.
  • The Biennale creates career opportunities for both established practitioners and new talents.
  • The Biennale provides professional exhibition frames for an area that does not have many exhibition spaces.
  • The Biennale attracts a large wide audience consisting of Danish and international guests.
  • The Biennale strengthens the network between Danish and Nordic theorists and practitioners.

About the Biennale

The Biennale was created on the initiative of Danish Artisans & Designers in 1995 with changing partners and exhibition venues. This ensures a changing and up-to-date framework for contemporary professional craftsmanship and design. The biennial is an open exhibition and competition, which all professional practitioners with a connection to Denmark incl. the Danish Commonwealth can apply for participation in. Thus, the Biennale is both a stage for new talents as well as established practitioners, which creates a good synergy among the participants. In 2021, it is 10 years since the Biennale was last shown at Koldinghus.

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