Kruhy na vode / Rings in water
craft design competition


Firm in its belief that craft design, and design oriented crafts, that is design promoting the culture of practical and decorative product manufacture, currently also represents a moving force for innovation in the field of folk art production, the Centre for Folk Art Production (Slovak abbreviation: ÚĽUV) in Bratislava has organized the annual competition Kruhy na vode since 2000 and the annual international competition Kruhy na vode / Rings in water since 2012.

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The organizer

(1) The organizer of the competition is the Centre for Folk Art Production, an organization financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

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Competition aims

(1) The competition focuses on the creative production of innovative works of applied art, craft art and design, the inspiration for which came, directly or indirectly, from traditional manufacture and folk art, techniques of processing, original practical value as well as principles of material selection and aesthetic effect.

(2) The aim of the competition:

- to encourage the emergence of new and innovative works of design and craft, drawing their inspiration from Slovak traditional manufacture and folk art,
- to reward and promote outstanding products of artistic craft, applied art and design,
- to encourage cooperation and creative partnership between designers, creative artists and craftsmen in the field of traditional craft and folk manufacture 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.

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Competition design

(1) Works of applied art and design or artistic craft realized in final materials are the exclusive subject of the competition. Appropriate works include dining products and sets, furniture and furniture components, apartment textiles, gift products, toys, clothes, clothing accessories and so on.

(2) Works submitted in the form of photo documentation or models will not be accepted by the organizer.

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Competition themes and terms and conditions

(1) The organizer advertises the competition themes in the competition terms and conditions published for the respective year. The contents of the completion terms and conditions is confirmed by the managing director of ÚĽUV, based on the proposal forwarded by the secretary and the outcomes of the ÚĽUV leadership’s debate on the issue.
(2) The competition terms and conditions shall contain themes, categories, criteria for the works’ reception and evaluation set by the organizer as well as the dates of the end of the evaluation process and public presentation of the outcomes of the respective year of the competition.
(3) The competition is not open for:
a) works older than two years prior to the competition announcement for the respective year
b) models and creative art works in the form of visualization
c) industrially produced works
d) works exceeding 100kg of weight (exclusions to the rule given by the jury or the organizer)

4) The source of inspiration, announced by the organizer for the respective year, is an intrinsic part of the Kruhy na vode / Rings in water competition

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Competition participants and competition sections

(1) The competition targets designers, creative artists, craftsmen, producers, secondary school and university students as well as other contributors meeting the terms and conditions of the competition. The participants are evaluated within three sections:

Section A - designers, producers, creative artists, university students)- “Master Prize” award
Section B - secondary school students – “Young Talent Prize” award

The competition is open for individuals and groups from Slovakia as well as abroad.

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Competition categories

There are five competition categories. Four of the competition categories follow the natural division of materials used historically- metal, wood, textile and ceramics. The utilization of other natural materials as well as their mutual combinations is permitted. The fifth (Free) category represents the vertical line, interpreting 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 of the competition
1. category: metal
2. category: wood
3. category: textile
4. category: ceramics
5. Free category

Section B of the competition
One all-encompassing category open for all of the five categories of metal, wood, textile, ceramics and Free category.

Art. 7
Competition terms and conditions

(1) Application form
A duly completed and signed application form, submitted in person to the premises of the organizer (Obchodná 64, Bratislava) 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 (or correction of a 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.

(2) Work
The competition is open for prototypes as well as finished products in final materials. A producer is allowed to enter no more than 5 individual products or 2 collections for the competition. The producer or the producer’s organization, based on prior consent, shall be liable for the work’s transport to the premises of the organizer. Works shall be properly wrapped so as to protect works even in the event of a fall from 1m height during the process of transport and manipulation. The wrapping shall be kept for rewrapping when returning works to their producers. So far as posted works are concerned, the organizer is not liable for any damage caused.

(3) Documentation
A text briefly summarizing a work, describing the work’s relation to traditional manufacture and folk art as well as sources and transformation of traditional prompts and inspirations, delivered both in printed form and on a CD together with picture documentation, is an obligatory part of each application. Another compulsory enclosure is a photograph of the submitted work suitable 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) with its parameters as follows: graphic format jpg, tiff, eps, print resolution (min. 300 DPI/A4), photographed against a white background.
(4) Price of works
Prototypes and finished works (products) entering the competition shall have their price stated by their producer in the work’s documentation, separately for each work.
(5) Insurance of works
Insurance and postal expenditures are covered by the participants. The submitted works are not legally secured by the organizer. Works shall be insured by the organizer from the moment of their delivery to the premises of the organizer until the return of works to their producers or producers’ organizations.

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Competition dates

(1) The competition takes place biannually, every even year.
(2) The competition is announced in the media and on the organizer’s website no later than the end of September of the respective year preceding the year in which the competition is held.

(3) The evaluation of the works is due no later than the end of June of the year in which the competition is held.

(4) Works awarded by the expert jury as well as works selected for the second round of evaluations are presented in a public exposition, taking place no later than the fifth month after the completion of the expert jury’s evaluations.

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Competition secretary

(1) The competition secretary bears responsibility for the organization and coordination of the respective year’s competition.

(2) The project manager of the respective ÚĽUV project or a member of the project team, appointed by the project manager, functions as the competition secretary.

(3) The competition secretary mainly:
a) manages the preparation and process of the competition as well as initiates its announcement,
b) is responsible for the communication with the participants,
c) appoints the members of the jury,
d) participates in the jury sessions,
e) secures the written records from the jury sessions,
f) secures the processing of the competition results,
g) secures preparation and publication of the promotional materials,
h) cooperates with a team of exhibition organizers for the respective year,
i) cooperates with a team of award ceremony organizers,
j) secures termination of the competition and return of the works to the participants.

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The jury

(1) The submitted works are evaluated by an international jury composed of experts in the fields of folk culture, craft art, design, applied art and other related fields. One place amongst the members of the jury is allocated for the representative of the organizer.

(2) The jury of the competition shall be appointed by the managing director of ÚĽUV.

(3) The jury secretary shall not be a member of the jury and shall not participate in evaluation of the works.

(4) The required number of jury members ranges between 5 and 9. The absolute minimum of half of the jury must be present for the verdict to be valid.

(5) The Chairperson presides over the jury. The proposal for the position of the Chairperson is submitted by the organizer through the competition secretary. The rest of the present jury members vote on the proposal.

(6) The Chairperson of the jury presides over the sessions, secures their course, and signs the records from the jury’s sessions.

(7) There are two rounds of the jury’s evaluations. Each category as well as each section receives a separate evaluation. The first round of evaluations identifies possible award winning works. The second round of evaluations resolves the allocation of the awards. A member of the jury who is at the same time a teacher overseeing a school’s work is not allowed to evaluate this school’s work.

(8) The number of points awarded to each work by the jury in the first and second rounds of evaluations rely on the criteria stated in Art. 9 of the statute. Each juror’s evaluation is produced individually, every criterion satisfied by a work being grounds for allocation of points.

(9) Of greatest value is the first criterion of the statute as stated in art. 9. Meeting this criterion allows for evaluation in the range 0-5 points, 5 being the highest.

(10) The criteria 2 and 3 are of equal value: each criterion allows for evaluation in the range 0-3 points.

(11) The works with the minimum of an absolute two thirds of the highest possible number of points proceed to the second round of evaluations. The highest possible number of points allocated for a work is proportional to the number of the present members of the jury.

(12) The points acquired in the first and second rounds of evaluations do not add up.

(13) The first award in the respective category shall be granted to the work with the highest number of points in the second round of evaluations.

(14) In the case of a tie, the jury decides through the absolute majority by vote. Providing the number of the jury is even, the Chairperson breaks the tie with two votes.

(15) The jury is not obliged to grant the award.

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Evaluation criteria

(1) Criterion 1- an obvious inspiration (in form or contents) in traditional manufacture and folk art, or an obvious shift from traditional manufacture towards contemporary design.

(2) Criterion 2- practical qualities: usefulness and ease of reproduction, quality and purity of technical processing.

(3) Criterion 3- originality, authenticity, creativity, aesthetic and creative artistic value.

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(1) Section A of the competition – “Master Prize” award
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.

(2) Section B of the competition– “Young Talent prize” award
In Section B, one award is granted respectively for the first, second and third places. The jury has the right to withhold any of the prizes, or award 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.

(4) A recognition may be awarded by the jury as a special form of award, consisting of a one-year subscription to the RUD magazine and a diploma. The number of recognitions is not limited.

5 ) The diploma is a constant symbol of the award and includes the following: the organizer’s logo, year, category, section.

(6) The winner of the 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.

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Return of works

(1) 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.

(2) Return of the awarded and selected works will be agreed on individually with respective producers. In selected cases and upon an agreement with a participant, the submitted works will be returned by mail at the participant’s expense within four weeks from the termination of the exhibition, if not agreed otherwise.

(3) The organizer reserves the preferential right to purchase the awarded works.

(4) 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.

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Public presentation of works

(1) All works recommended by the jury of the competition will be publicly announced at an exhibition arranged by the organizer. The awarded works will be specifically marked at the exhibition.
(2) All the participants from the second round of evaluations will be listed in the promotional material published by the organizer. A copy of the promotional material (a catalogue) will be allocated to each participant of the respective year of the competition.
(3) All the awarded works will be presented in the form of a results list on the organizer’s website and reported in the media.

Art. 15
Activity documentation

The competition secretary, authorized by the organizer, maintains and updates the electronic database- the list of participants and teachers participating actively during the individual years of the Kruhy na vode competition.

Art. 16
Final provisions

(1) By submitting the signed application, the competitor agrees to all conditions of participation 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.

(2) 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 creator 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.

(3) The present statute may be amended and complemented only in writing.

(4) The present statute is effective from November 25, 2011. It simultaneously invalidates the Kruhy na vode statute from June 1, 2010.

Ing. Milan Beljak
Managing Director