Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts

Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts

Awards worth $60.000

Organised within the Tabriz International Festival for Arts, Crafts and Creativity: International Exhibition of Artisans-as at-Work and the and the International Congress on Innovation Dimension in Arts and Crafts, Tabriz, Iran, on 8-15 May 2015

Last May the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul and Tabriz University for Islamic Arts in cooperation with the Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations of Iran, jointly organised the lovely "Tabriz International Festival of Arts, Crafts and Creativity" which took place in in Tabriz on 8-15 May 2015.  The Festival gathered participation of Artisans from 29 Countries who hailed from different geographical places of the World.

Algeria, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhistan, Kyrghyzstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

The festival aimed to gather innovators and artisans in pavilions forming a traditional heritage international Craft village where they displayed their works, tools, and techniques applied.

The Inauguration Ceremony were opened by H E Minister Ali Janeti, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Iran, Dr. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, Dr. Ali Kaynijad, Dean of Tabriz University for Islamic Arts along with many official and artisans from various countries. 

In his address Dr. Halit Eren, DG of IRCICA emphasized that Arts and crafts have always been channels of spiritual and intellectual fulfilment for mankind, as well as forms of cultural expression and economic occupation.  He added that they draw scholarly interest as fields of research, because they mirror peoples' cultures and life styles.  Dr. Eren also stated that they are matters of government policy and public concern and they gradually won recognition as components of cultural development deserving support through international cooperation.

Giving a brief highlight of the IRCICA, he mentioned that since its establishment in 1980 the Centre has published a number of reference editions of books in different fields of research, including World Bibliographies of Translations of the Meaning of the Holy Quran, a facsimile edition and study on the Quran copy which is attributed to the time of Caliph Othman, a survey of the Cultural Dimensions of Development in the Member States of the OIC, studies on the scientific contributions of Islam to universal civilisation, books on the history of Islamic civilisation and Muslim nations in various regions of the world, albums of historical photographs of the Member States, references on Islamic arts and traditional handicrafts, and an album of calligraphic masterpieces.  This is in addition to fifteen volumes published in the series on the history of sciences in the Muslim world.

He also pointed out that IRCICA also organized hundreds of exhibitions of Islamic arts and crafts, historical photographs, and publications as well.  Also he pointed out that the Centre organised hundreds of international congresses, seminars, lectures, workshops and meetings that focused on issues related to history, culture, Islamic civilization, dialogue among cultures, arts, crafts, etc adding that an important dimension of IRCICA's activities is related to making known the Islamic civilisation through scholarly studies and projecting a correct image of this civilisation throughout the world with its various historical and contemporary aspects. In the field of Islamic architecture and architectural heritage, Dr Eren stated also that IRCICA undertakes multifarious activities to assess and record and also to contribute to the preservation of this architecture and heritage in addition to organising  long-term programs of workshops, engaging professors and students from universities and conservation institutes from around the world.

H E Minister Ali Janeti, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Islamic Republic of Iran, focused on the importance of organizing such an international event in these days which highlight the importance of Arts and Crafts of the Muslim World as tools for widening the Cultural dialogue efforts towards better understanding of the real contribution of such a developing sector.  He commended the efforts of IRCICA and Tabriz University for Islamic Arts for joining hands to make this event a real success.  He expressed his pleasure on behalf of Iran for welcoming artisans and specialists from 35 countries who hailed from different geographical regions of the world and greeting them for coming to Iran and wished them a pleasant stay in the country.  He further called for the initiation of more programs of cooperation that encourage more joint cooperation among the Artisans and specialists of Iran along with their colleagues from other countries of the Muslim World.

Dr. Mohammad Al Keynejad, Member of Cultural Revolution Supreme Council and the University Chancellor of Tabriz University for Islamic Arts gave a welcome address expressing his pleasure for the opportunity given to the university to join hands with IRCICA International Centre to organize this important festival and to host the Artisans and the specialists in the city of Tabriz.  He added that this festival is a proof that brotherhood which is the symbol of Islam provided the opportunity for various artisans and specialists of the Muslim World to be in direct contact with the Iranian Artisans and art experts in Tabriz, the city of miniature, carpets and painting.  Dr. Keynejad then gave a brief about the university as an academic institution specialized in Islamic arts and he expressed his utmost pleasure for seeing such multi-national participants at Tabriz University.  He wished them a nice stay in Tabriz  with a successful deliberations  that will lead for more joint activities in the field of Islamic Arts and Crafts.

The Festival was accompanied with Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts - Awards worth US$60.000; the International Exhibition of Artisans-as at-work and the International Congress on "Innovation Dimension in Arts and Crafts".

The festival aimed at gathering all the innovators and craftspeople in this field in pavilions forming a craft village where they displayed their works, their tools and the techniques used in their workshops.  Among the organized activities:

 - Exhibitions of Artisans-at-work,

- Arts and crafts market (Bazaar),

- An exhibition of the albums, catalogs and books published in the field of arts and handicrafts.

The first two days witnessed the arrival of thousands of visitors who were keen to buy such wonderful pieces of handicrafts and to know more about the artisans of different places of the world.  Most of the artisans were surprised with the size of big sales they made during the first two days.

The interaction and the exchange of friendship, techniques, designs of various artisans from different places of the world along with the interaction also made with the visitors who came from different places were one of the main output of this international event.

Program of Activities

1 - Live Presentations of Artisans-as at-Work

Artisans representing the most important crafts of OIC member States were displaying their tools, skills and techniques in the fields of arts and handicrafts in special pavilions.  Participants and visitors of the exhibition were having the opportunity to get acquainted with this rich heritage, to meet artisans and inquire about their works, and to acquire some of these pieces for those who are interested in handicrafts; as a result, this has contributed positively in increasing more public awareness of this important field.

2 - Arts and Crafts Market (Bazaar)

This Bazaar was organized in the form of a craft village where craft products and pieces from different countries were offered for sale.  Visitors and tourist delegations were able to discover the diversity of handicrafts such as miniature, sewing and embroidery; traditional costumes; carpets and rugs; decorating, Qur'an binding and gilding; marbled paper; architecture; mushrabiya; stucco colored glass; pottery and ceramics; silver and metal crafts; and engraving that reflect the high level of cultural heritage which were developed through the ages.

Tabriz International Award for Creativity in Handicrafts for the Year 2015

The Jury Committee held a set of meetings between 9 and 12 May 2015 in order to select the winning entries of the Award.  The Committee also conducted many tour visits to the stands of the artisans to evaluate the presented products. 

Importance of the award

The importance of this award lies in the fact that it draws attention on an important aspect of the cultural heritage and makes it known at international and regional levels; as well as bringing together the works of artisans from distant and different regions, stimulating crafts people's creativity in this field and make them feel the importance that is attached to their works by the community so as to preserve this fertile heritage. 

Objectives:

- Taking measures that ensure originality and research, organization of crafts training and determination of the method of cooperation in this area.

- Developing these arts and increasing the young artisans' innovative predisposition through competitive programs and incentives for variation and creativity, and thus achieving renewable handicrafts industries.

- Defining a practical policy to ensure innovation spirit in the crafts sector and coming up with a clear plan of action to revive this field, as it constitutes a support in the cultural, economic and touristic areas in the countries of the world.

- Improving artisans' conditions of work and strengthening their innovative capacities.

- Raising the regional and international awareness on the importance of artisans by exhibiting their distinguished and winning products in this award.

- Publicizing the works of talented craftspeople of different regions, in order to create cooperation and exchange opportunities between world artisans in a way to allow them to get acquainted with the works, experiences and techniques of each other.

- Improving the living conditions of artisans, and appreciating their efforts in the society as well as granting them with the appropriate position they deserve. 

Members of the Jury Committee:

The jury committee consisting of craft experts who have a long and field experience in the area of developing handicrafts:

1- Dr. Nezih Maruf, International Coordinator of the Festival, IRCICA, Istanbul;

2-Dr. Mehdi Mohammad-zadeh, Dean of Faculty of Islamic Art, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran;

3-Mr. Indrasen Vencatachellum, Independent Consultant in Cultural and Creative Industries;

4- Dr. Asad Arabi, Ph.D. in Arts from Sorbonne University, Paris and Expert in the field of Islamic Arts.

The Jury Committee Members assessed and examined the following characteristics in the presented craft products: Excellence, Creative Concept Design and Invention in Traditional Technique.

During the assessment and evaluation process of the submitted works, the Jury took into account all the characteristics and technical features of each product, and special attention was given to products which came in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

After a series of evaluation tours and visits to the stands of the Artisans, the Jury Committee had a set of meetings to select the winning entries of the Award.  During the Final Session held on 12 May 2015, The Committee decided that the Following Artisans are the Winners of the Tabriz Festival Award for the Year 2015:

1 - Miniature

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Shukriddin Rikhsiev

Uzbekistan

$3,000

2nd Award

Jalil Jokar

Iran

$2,000

3rd Award

Gulrukhsor Umarova

Tajikistan

$1,000

 2 - Ornamentation, Gilding and Binding

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Mounira Lallali

Algeria

$3,000

2nd Award

Karim Mirzaee

Iran

$2,000

3rd Award

Fakhria Rahmatullah (Nizami)

 

$1,000

 3 - Carpets, Sadou and Kilims 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Najet Salem

Tunisia

$3,000

2nd Award

Mamajan Radjapova

Uzbekistan

$2,000

3rd Award

Fathali Qashqayifar

Iran

$1,000

 4 - Traditional Costumes and Embroidery 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Nargiza Sherkhodjaeva

Uzbekistan

$3,000

2nd Award

Zhanara Chyngyshova

Kyrghyzstan

$2,000

3rd Award

Jamile El Achkar

 

$1,000

 5 - Metal Works including Jewelry and Silver Artifacts   

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Giv Ghassab Abdolnasser 

Iran

$3,000

2nd Award

Kamran Arasteh

Iran

$2,000

3rd Award

Ercan Tabakogly

Turkey

$1,000

 

6 - Pottery and Ceramics 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Malik Muhammad Abdul Rehman Naqqash

Pakistan

$3,000

2nd Award

Syed Masroor Hussain

Pakistan

$2,000

3rd Award

Mohammadmehdi Anoshfar

Iran

$1,000

 7 - Wood-work 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Mohsen Kaveh

Iran

$3,000

2nd Award

Not Awarded

 

$2,000

3rd Award

Agus Suprayoga

Indonesia

$1,000

  8 - Paper-making, Ebru (Marbled Paper) and Batik 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Not Awarded

 

$3,000

2nd Award

Aziz Ben Ma as

Malaysia

$2,000

3rd Award

Laila Al Khusna

Indonesia

$1,000

 9 - Stucco Colored Glass 

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Not Awarded

 

$3,000

2nd Award

Dadas Mehravari

Iran

$2,000

3rd Award

Not Awarded

 

$1,000

 10 - Straw, Baskets, Leather  and Sadaf Works

Category

Name of the Artisan

Country

Amount

1st Award

Omar Diagne Guye

Senegal

$3,000

2nd Award

Ahmad Hassan Mofreh

Sudan

$2,000

3rd Award

Ahmed Kadous

Sudan

$1,000

 

International Congress on Innovation Dimension in Arts and Crafts,

The program also includes the organization of an international congress on "innovation and creativity in arts and crafts" that aimed to discuss the means that guarantee the well-employment of handicrafts in the cultural and touristic field in a way that will focus on the revenues that the tourism sector can generate when linked with arts, heritage and crafts; to study the current situation of handicrafts and the perspectives of their development; to preserve the authenticity of these crafts; to define them and make them known through the available channels.  Experts of this sector, craftspeople, specialists in this field, and centres and institutions interested in their worldwide development wereinvited to this congress.

 PROGRAM OF THE SESSIONS

Saturday, 09 May

First Session

Innovation Dimension in Arts and crafts

Intonation and Innovation in Islamic Paintings, Asad Arabi;

Banjaluka Prayer Rugs, Kenan Surkovic;

Contemporary Tabriz Carpets and their Competitive Advantages Based on Principles of Positioning,

Ali vandshoari and Abdollah Mirzaee;

Second Session:

Arts and Crafts from the Perspective of Heritage and Culture 

Miniature between Content and Artistic Form,  Moussa Kechkach;

The Turkmenistan Experience in the Field of Arts and Crafts from the Perspective of Heritage and Culture, Ajap Bayriyeva;

The Traditional Crafts and it's Effects in the Cultural Interaction between the Peoples of East Arab and West European, Iman Mohran;

 

Sunday 10 May

Third Session

Arts and Crafts from the Perspective of Economy and Tourism 

Electronic Trading: A Strategic Approach in Developing the Handicrafts, Shahriar Shokrpour, Arezoo Khanpour;

Perspectives of Handicrafts' Marketing, Sapara Mambetova,

Crafts Related to the Traditional Architecture in Tunisia; Current Situation and Horizons of Development: Plaster Craft as an example, Fathi Jarray;

Batik in Indonesia, Laila Al Khusna Rahardjo,

 

Fourth Session

Size of Employed Labor in the Field of Arts and Crafts, and its Economic Returns 

Arts and Crafts from the Perspective of Economy and Tourism, Indrasen Vencatachellum;

Traditional Crafts in Sudan: The case and the future, Abdu Osman;

Tourism Potential of Uzbekistan, Durbek Mukhamedkarimov;

Arts and Crafts of the Kyrgyz Republic Today, Janara Chyngyshova;

 

Fifth Session

Perspectives of Handicrafts Marketing 

Role of Handicrafts in the Economic and Tourism Developing Process in the Countries who will Know well how to employ this Important Sector, Nezih Maruf;

Craft Futures: Re-envisioning the Evolution of the Craft Industry with Tourism as a Resource for Sustainable Development in Uganda, Sserunkuuma Bruno;

Mauritania Prospects For Traditional Marketing of Handicraft, Brahim Ndah;

 

 

Tuesday 12 May,

Sixth Session:

The role of arts and crafts in Introducing the Cultural Heritage Identity, Make it Known,

and Encouraging Cultural Dialogue among Peoples 

Creativity as a Notion for Recognition of Cultural Significance: Tangible Versus Intangible Heritage in an Arab-Muslim context, "Transfiguration" Power of Art, Muhammad Asif Sharif;

South African Art, Achmat Soni;

The Role of the Government and Government Organizations in the Development and Teaching of Azerbaijani Folk Art, Irana Ibrahimova;

Seventh Session

Tradition, Heritage and Modernity During the Time of Globalization 

Going Global: Visual Arts in the Arab World and the International Art Scene, Silvia Naef;

The Impact of Globalization on Iranian Handmade Carpets, Shakiba Sharifian & Mehdi Mohamad-Zadeh;

Islamic Art in Globalizing Era, Mohammadreza Dehshiri;

Islamic Architectur in the Age of Globalization, Maziyar Asefi;

Position and Role of Traditional Handicraft in the Domain of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Globalization, Mahin Sohrabi Nassirabadi.

Eighth Session

Memory, Tradition and Preservation ProcessMemory and Traditional Arts, Bahman Namvar Motlagh;

Modern Conditions and Problems of Development of Applied Kinds of Arts in Tajikistan, Tohir Habibov;

Palestinian Traditional Crafts: How Do We Keep Them? And Why?, Raed Faris;

  

Wednesday, 13 May,

Ninth Session

The Relationship of Arts and Crafts with the Habits and Traditions 

A Review Reading to the Symbols of Architectural Ornamentation in the Tunisian Architectural Heritage, Zaineb Krima;

Revival of Iranian Forgotten Arts and Crafts, Mahdi Makkinejad;

 

Tenth Session

Training and Education Opportunities in the Field of Arts and Crafts 

Experience of Kuwait Center for Islamic Arts in Patronising Handicrafts, Farid Al Ali; 

Evolution of Academic Education in Iranian Islamic Arts and Crafts, Mehdi Mohammadzadeh, Neda Seifi

Teaching Arts through Action according to Islamic Traditions of Education, Mohammad Hossein Navvāb;

 

 

 

 

 

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