National Design Award of Latvia 2018 - Exhibition of the works of the 20 finalists

The finalists and prizewinners of the National Design Award of Latvia 2018 at the official awards ceremony in the Zuzeum Art Centre on 12 April 2018.
The finalists and prizewinners of the National Design Award of Latvia 2018 at the official awards ceremony in the Zuzeum Art Centre on 12 April 2018.

The exhibition National Design Award of Latvia 2018 will be on view at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (Skārņu iela 10/20) from 17 April to 20 May 2018.

2017 witnessed the birth of a new tradition in the field of design in the form of the first ever National Design Award of Latvia (NDAL; Latvijas Dizaina gada balva / LDGB) competition, which took place for the second time this year. The National Design Award of Latvia is an annual national design industry competition, whose goals are to identify, judge and promote the best accomplishments of Latvian designers, thus facilitating the use of design created in Latvia and the long-term development and growth of the Latvian design sector.

The competition is the biggest event of the year in Latvian design, and the award itself is the highest prize in the Latvian design sector. The competition is open to organisations and private individuals that use design as a driving force for innovation and create products or services.

The exhibition’s 20 finalists have been chosen by an international and interdisciplinary competition jury comprised of seven industry professionals: Director of the Berlin Office of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world’s leading practice specializing in museum planning and exhibition design, exhibition design and museum planning expert Timothy W. Ventimiglia, long-standing G–Star RAW Creative Director and designer, strategy design and interior design expert Pieter Kool, Head of the Exhibition Centre of the National Library of Latvia, architect, journalist, author and exhibition curator Ieva Zībārte, co-founder of Madara Cosmetics, brand identity designer of a number of well-known Latvian brands, graphic designer, and lecturer Liene Drāzniece, art curator and theoretician Kaspars Vanags, Accenture Latvia Digital Service Design Lead Kaspars Auzarējs-Auzers, as well as the internationally renowned, Latvia-born Amsterdam-based product designer Germans Ermičs.

The exhibition with the 20 best works submitted for the National Design Award of Latvia 2018 competition showcases the current situation in Latvian design. The main message of NDAL 2018, communicated through both the award’s visual identity and its conceptual content, is “Design Connects”, which highlights the interaction between industries. The exhibition has been devised with the goal of promoting an active process of learning as well as a meaningful discussion about the need for quality design. Viewers will be invited to vote for their favourite design solution.

The digital dimension of the project is being organised by the main partner of the National Design Award of Latvia, Accenture Latvia. During the exhibition, nominations will be sought for the new Digital Designer’s Award.

During the exhibition, the organisers of the National Design Award of Latvia in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will present a wide programme of events. Design Talks will take place on Wednesdays from 17.00 to 19.00, Design Walks conducted by a guide will be on Thursdays from 16.00 to 17.00, while Accenture Latvia’s Digital Design Workshops for Youth as well as the art education centre Three Colours’ Design Workshops for Families with Kids” will be held on Saturdays from 12.00 to 14.00.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY:
Design Studio H2E

INITIATOR:
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

ORGANISATIONAL PARTNERS:
Latvian National Museum of Art / Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,
Art Academy of Latvia

MAIN PARTNER:
IT company Accenture Latvia

EXHIBITION SUPPORTED BY:
Art Centre Zuzeum, Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia, LIVE Rīga, Trentini, Teikums, Domenikss, Livonia Print, Magnum NT, SkyNet, Neiburgs, Picture Agency, JCDecaux, Antalis, Valmiermuiža, Kalve Coffee Roastery, Rīgas Melnais balzams

INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT:
Deko, IR, Fold, Būvlaukums.lv, Arterritory

EXHIBITION CURATORS:
Ingūna Elere, Holgers Elers, Design Studio H2E

EXHIBITION DESIGN:
Design Studio H2E

EXHIBITION CO-ORDINATOR AT THE MUSEUM:
Ieva Zvejniece
, Curator of Design and Decorative Woodworking Art Collection,
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design / Latvian National Museum of Art
Ph: (+371) 67 830914, E: Ieva.Zvejniece@lnmm.lv

MORE INFORMATION:
Jeļena Solovjova
, Project Coordinator, National Design Award of Latvia
GSM: (+371) 29 211037, E: elena@designaward.lv

Gita Deniškāne, representative of the National Design Award of Latvia
GSM: (+371) 29 890433, E: gita@designaward.lv

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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design / Skārņu iela 10/20, Riga, Latvia

OPENING HOURS:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 11.00–17.00, ticket office 11.00–16.45
Wednesdays 11.00–19.00, ticket office 11.00–18.45
Closed on Mondays

The museum is closed on all public holidays: 1 January, Good Friday, Easter, Midsummer Eve and Day (23–24 June), Christmas (25–26 December), 31 December.

ADMISSION:
Reduced individual admission fee for groups of 10 or more people.
Free admission for the person in charge of the group.
Adults: 3,50 EUR
Schoolchildren, students, seniors: 2,00 EUR
Family ticket (1–2 adults with 1–4 children or family having many children): 5,00–7,00 EUR

Free entrance for: pre-school children; orphans or children not under parental care (valid status identification card required); children with a disability up to 18 years, 1st and 2nd group disabled persons (valid status identification card required) and one person accompanying either a child with a disability up to 18 years or a 1st or 2nd group disabled person; pupils of Latvian art schools or professional secondary art schools (valid status identification card required); full-time students of the Art Academy of Latvia (valid status identification card required); students attending institutions of professional secondary education or colleges who are studying or receiving training in visual or applied art, design, cultural history, museology, architecture, restoration as part of their studies or training (on submission of a written application to the museum director at least one day earlier); employees of Latvian museums (valid status identification card required); members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM, valid status membership card required); members of the Latvian Artists’ Union (valid status identification card required); Friend of the LNMA card holders; media representatives who are covering museum events (valid status identification card required); group (no less than 10 persons) leaders – guides or teachers; everyone on the international event Museum Night from 19.00; all visitors to the permanent display on the last Sunday of every month and on International Museum Day – 18th May.

Press release prepared by:
Natalie Suyunshalieva
Head of Press
The Latvian National Museum of Art
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