31 May 2010
<p><em>Kelp Moa Bowl, 2009, Mike Crawford</em></p>
Young New Zealand artists Mike Crawford and Jacqui Chan have successfully exhibited at one of Europe’s most prestigious showcases for emerging talent in design, technology and craft/obejct art- Talente 2010.
Now in its 30th year, Talente is held annually as part of the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades in Munich, Germany and offers a platform for young artists to launch their creative careers to the wider European market.
In 2010 more than 400 applications from 28 countries were received from which 99 young artists from 24 countries were invited to show their work.
Creative New Zealand’s international team, in liaison with the craft/art community, identified the show as an important development opportunity and committed to supporting successful applicants, with a mentor, to participate in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
This year Jacqui and Mike, and mentor Fran Allison, were funded by Creative New Zealand. Both Jacqui and Mike were selected to exhibit by an international jury because of their stand-out experimental approach to materials and craft design techniques.
Mentor Fran advised the artists on how to make the most of their time at Talente and introduced them to key contacts.Fran was included as part of the international network of mentors at the fair, which also gave her an opportunity to identify other development opportunities for New Zealand artists.
For Mike the opportunity to attend was invaluable. “It gave me a chance to meet artists and designers from across the world, as well as meeting curators, gallerists and writers. It was encouraging to see how well New Zealand artists fitted into the group of excellent international makers."
Recycling was a prominent theme for 2010 with a focus on the innovative re-use of materials. Jewellery designer Jacqui is an exponent of this practice and as an emerging jeweller saw her selection for Talente as an endorsement and encouragement.
“I am very grateful to Creative New Zealand for giving me the opportunity to take part. For many, this exhibition during the week of Schmuck [another contemporary art fair] is a kind of jewellery pilgrimage. It showcases what's new and exciting in contemporary jewellery and attracts jewellers, students, collectors and critics from around the world,” she said.
“It was an invaluable experience to be exposed to so much incredible work, to make connections and to feel part of a larger international community - and I can't wait to go back.”
Given the success of the event, Creative New Zealand has budgeted for increased attendance in 2011.