During this first edition, more than 60 artisans showed over 10,000 visitors the excellence of their works staged in an unprecedented way in a historic setting, the prestigious salons of 19Liberté newly restored.
A Unique Collection
From ceramics to glass, through textile sculpture, metal and even woodwork, haute couture, engraving and many more, this ephemeral and exceptional collection of about 300 works of art invited us to discover or rediscover the talents of these craft creators who elevate the material.
A Prestigious Venue
Built in the 1920s to house the headquarters of ARBED, this building was for nearly a century the symbol of steelmaking in Luxembourg.
Important work has been done by the new owner, BCEE, who employed more than 40 trades to restore all its glory to this historic monument.
Therefore, this magnificent building was the ideal place to highlight the exceptional works exhibited.
An Exhibition open to all
In nearly 1000 m2 of prestigious salons, guides and mediators were present to welcome the public and answer the questions of amateurs, collectors, or the curious. This exhibition, to be discovered alone or with the family, combined the artistic and didactic approach and offered a unique opportunity to come and admire the skills of craft creators practicing over 30 different types of workmanship.
Two Prizes dedicated to Craft Creators
Two prizes were awarded in 2016 following the exhibition: the first, the "RTL Prize", awarded on the basis of public votes, and the second, the “Jury Prize", selected by the members of the Committee, in order to reward the quality, the work and the know-how of two craftsmen exhibiting at the event, respectively Damiano Tussillagine and Ellen van der Woude.
An award ceremony was organized in the auditorium of the “Chambre des Métiers” on December 15th 2016 in the presence of TRH the Hereditary Grand Duke Heir and the Hereditary Grand Duchess, Mr. Guy Arendt, Secretary of State for Culture, Mrs Francine Closener, Secretary of State for Economy, and Mr Roland Kuhn, President of the Chamber of Trades.
The two trophies were created by the designer Gilles Gardula.