Museo del Merletto

Lace Museum

“Lace for Venice” 2019

Competition

6th National Competition for Needle Lace and Bobbin Lace

The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Burano Lace Museum present the 6th National Competition for Needle Lace and Bobbin Lace, with the theme “THE SKY” in its dual aspects:

  1. the reality of Creation, from the Big Bang that started everything to the stars, sun, moon, planets and galaxies; the concreteness of its immensity, its atmosphere, space exploration, and, more down to earth, the multicoloured iridescence of the aurora borealis, of a clear and bright sky or a cloudy, stormy sky, pale at dawn or fiery at sunset;
  2. the imagination and virtuality of the spirit, of poetry, philosophy, art, faith and folly; we imagine the sky as populated with angels and saints; it will open for the Apocalypse; we pray to “our father who is in Heaven”, we sing about it (Gino Paoli’s Il cielo in una stanza, Lucio Dalla’s Il cielo, Bowie’s Starman), it comes up in sayings – “in seventh heaven”, “reach for the sky”.

The competition aims to promote on a national scale a fine hand craft which, today more than ever, is threatened with extinction.

NOTE
Potential entrants are reminded to ensure their work is assigned to one of the competition categories – traditional or contemporary – because sometimes items do not coincide with the judges’ understanding of the categories.

For clarification, a lace item is considered “traditional” when the technique and stitches used produce an item which may even be three-dimensional, but which has no need of other complementary designs to exist or to be understood; on the other hand items in the “contemporary” category need elements other than the lace itself to complete the artistic effect the artist desires. It is therefore not the question of monochrome or multicoloured which classifies and characterises a piece, but the installation it requires.

 

The competition is open to original, hand-crafted works, and is divided into the following sections:

  • Needle lace
    – subsection “traditional” (in that it reflects tradition in terms of technique, colour and design);
    – subsection “contemporary” (in that the interpretation uses coloured yarns and a variety of materials).
  • Bobbin lace
    – subsection “traditional” (in that it reflects tradition in terms of technique, colour and design);
    – subsection “contemporary” (in that the interpretation uses coloured yarns and a variety of materials).

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HOW TO ENTER:

Each lacemaker may enter only one item per section, using fibres such as silk, cotton or linen, and not excluding the use of additional materials, except glass and crystal.

To enter the competition, the registration form on this page should be compiled fully and legibly. The form should be sent by post to the Burano Lace Museum at Piazza Galuppi, Burano, 30012 Venice, arriving no later than 16:00 on 30 September 2019, or emailed to museo.merletto@fmcvenezia.it

Click to download the forms for entry in the section Needle lace, traditional:

Click to download the forms for entry in the section Needle lace, contemporary:

Click to download the forms for entry in the section Bobbin lace, traditional:

Click to download the forms for entry in the section Bobbin lace, contemporary:

Entries must arrive no later than 16:00 on 29 November 2019 at the Burano Lace Museum, Piazza Galuppi Burano – 30012 Venice.

For more details, read the competition regulations >

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INFORMATION:

Museo del Merletto di Burano
Piazza Galuppi, Burano 30012 – Venice
Tel./Fax 0039 (0)41 730034
Email museo.merletto@fmcvenezia.it