Competition: Rings in water 2012 terms and conditions

Firm in its belief that craft design, and design targeting crafts, that is design promoting the culture of utility and decorative product manufacture, currently represents a moving force for innovation also in the field of folk art production, the Centre for Folk Art Production in Bratislava has since 2000 organized the annual international competition Kruhy na vode, / Rings in water since 2012. The competition represents one of the principal forms of promotion of local cultural identity.

1. competition aims

- to encourage the emergence of new and innovative works of craft design, to reward and promote outstanding products of art craft, utility art and design
- to encourage the cooperation and creative partnership of designers, creative artists, craftsmen and students on an international level
- to provide outstanding works with an internationally valid award highlighting craft and artistic skills
- to offer new originals and small series of products for sale in the ÚĽUV trademark bearing outlets

2. competition subject

Works of utility art and design or art craft realized in final materials are the exclusive subject of the competition. Works to qualify are dining products and their collections, furniture and furniture components, apartment textiles, gift products, toys, clothes, clothing accessories etc. Works submitted in the form of photo documentation or models will not be accepted by the organizer.

3. competition categories

The competition runs alongside two lines. Four of the competition categories, following the natural division of materials used historically - metal, wood, textile and ceramics, represent the horizontal line of the competition. They permit the utilization of other natural materials as well as their mutual combinations. The fifth (Free) category, representing the vertical line, interprets the past as a genetic link unrestricted by reason, leaving a rich space for polemic and experiments. There are no material restrictions to this category.

Section A (producers, designers, creative artists, university students) - Master Prize award
1. category: metal
2. category: wood
3. category: textile
4. category: ceramics
5. category: free

Section B (secondary schools students) - Young Talent Prize award
One all-encompassing category open for all of the five categories of metal, wood, textile, ceramics and Free category.

4. competition theme- inspirational source

An inspirational source represents the starting point for the individual categories of metal, wood, textile, ceramics and Free category. It becomes the basis for novelty works of utility art, craft art and design, emerging in the process of a creative rendition. Direct and indirect inspirational sources include traditional manufacture and folk art, techniques of processing, original utility value, principles of material selection and aesthetic rendition depicted and described in the inspirational source.

5. competition participants

The competition targets designers, creative artists, craftsmen, producers, secondary schools and university students as well as other contributors meeting the terms and conditions of the competition. The competition is open for individuals and collectives from Slovakia as well as abroad.

6. competition terms and conditions

a) application form
A duly completed and signed application form, submitted in person or posted, is required with each work entering the competition. Application forms obtained from our website shall be signed and scanned upon completion and sent electronically or delivered in person. Each submitted work shall be accompanied by its respective application form. In the case of a student's work, resulting from a school task, the name and address of the school, field and the name of the teacher are stated. School works shall bear the school stamp.

b) work
The competition is open for prototypes as well as finished products in final materials. No more than 5 respective products or 2 collections are allowed to enter the competition. Each work (collection) has its own separate application form no older than 2 years prior to the date of the competition announcement. A works' weight shall not exceed 100kg. So far as posted works are concerned, the organizer is not liable for any damage caused. Works shall be properly wrapped so as to protect works even in the event of a fall from 1m height during the process of replacement and manipulation. The wrapping shall be due for rewrapping when returning works to their authors. Prototypes and finished works (products) entering the competition shall have their price stated by their author in work documentation, separately for each work.

c) documentation
A text briefly summarizing a work and its relation to the chosen inspirational source outlined by the organizer, delivered both in printed form and on CD, is an obligatory part of each application. Another compulsory enclosure is a photograph of the submitted work, intended for further publication and presentation purposes. The photograph shall be sent both on CD/DVD (together with the name of the author, the name of the work, and the name of the photographer) and its parameters as follows: graphic format jpg, tiff, eps, print resolution (min. 300 DPI/A4), photographed against white background.

7. Evaluation criteria

The principal criterion is the inspiration (in form, content) in traditional and folk art production, alternatively a shift from the source of inspiration to contemporary design.
Other criteria:
- originality, authenticity, creativity
- quality and purity of technical rendering
- aesthetic and artistic qualities

8. Competition Evaluation

The results of the competition will be decided by an international professional jury appointed by the Director General of the Centre for Folk Art Production. The jury consists of not less than five experts in the fields of folk culture, design and other related fields. The jury decides in two rounds, with the second round being decisive. For more information on the composition of the jury, visit

9. Awards

Section A – Master Prize
One prize may be awarded in each category. Five awards may be awarded altogether. The jury has the right to withhold any of the prizes or to move them to another category. A prize consists of a financial reward of €700 and a diploma.

Section B – Young Talent Prize
In Section B, the awards are awarded in a single joint category, in which the first, second and third places may be awarded. The jury has the right to withhold any of the prizes. It may award one first place prize, two second place prizes and two third place prizes. A total of five prizes may be awarded. The prizes consist of a financial reward of €700 for the first place, €500 for the second place, €300 for the third place, and a diploma.

A recognition may be awarded by the jury as a special form of awarding, consisting of a one-year subscription to the RUD magazine and a diploma. The number of recognitions is not limited.
The diploma is a constant symbol of the award and includes the following: the organizer’s logo, year, category, section.

The winner of Master Prize and Young Talent Prize is entitled to designate the awarded product with the competition and award logo. If the winning product is presented in public in any way altered, the right to use the competition’s logo is forfeit.

10. Dates

Competition announcement: November 2011
Deadline for submission (sending) of works and applications: June 21, 2012
Competition evaluation: July 30, 2012
Address for submitting (sending) of works and applications:
The Centre for Folk Art Productions, Obchodná 64, 816 11 Bratislava,
Works sent by mail must be clearly marked with the Kruhy na vode / Rings in water 2012 slogan

11. Returning of Works

The participants whose works are not awarded or selected for the exhibition will personally retrieve their works immediately after the end of the second round of evaluations, no later than the time set by the organizer. Returning of the awarded and selected works will be agreed on individually with respective authors. In selected cases and upon an agreement with a participant, the submitted works will be returned by mail at the participant’s expense. The organizer is not liable for works which are not retrieved by participants within the period of two months from the date fixed by the organizer.

12. Purchase of awarded works

The organizer reserves the preferential right to purchase the awarded works. By signing and submitting the application, the participant simultaneously agrees that in the case of winning one of the prizes, a non-exclusive license agreement between the participant as the author of the award-winning work and the Centre for Folk Art Production Bratislava shall be signed. Depending on the particular wording, the licence agreement will allow both parties to disseminate, together or independently, multiples (authorized copies) and crafted reproductions of the design.

13. Promotion of the competition results

The organizer ensures the publication and promotion of the results of the competition:
- at the ceremony announcing the results of the competition,
- in the catalogue of the competition
- at an exhibition of award-winning and selected works
- in the RUD magazine and on
- in print and electronic media
- at other events, i.e. seminars, conferences and exhibitions at home and abroad

14. Final Provisions

By submitting the signed application, the competitor agrees to all conditions of participating in the competition, the manner of exhibition, promotion and free dissemination of photographic documentation of the submitted work or its public distribution, as well as with the use of personal data for the purposes of the competition and the accompanying activities. The results of the competition will be publicly announced at an exhibition. All participants shall be made aware of this. Shipping and insurance is at each participant‘s own expense. The works will be insured by the announcer from the moment of their being delivered to the premises of the announcer until their being returned to the authors or the organizations the authors are members of. The competition organizer does not provide legal protection of submitted works.

Bratislava, November 2011
The Centre for Folk Art Production
Ing. Milan Beljak
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