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The Art and Olfaction Awards celebrate creativity, innovation and excellence in global independent and artisan perfumery. We accomplish this through an annual award in three categories: Artisan Perfume, Independent Perfume and Experimental Work with Scent, as well as the Contribution to Scent Culture Award.

Awarded to just five projects and one person a year, the Art and Olfaction Awards present a highly competitive and highly selective award that is designed to raise interest and awareness for active independent and artisan perfumers from all countries. Our hope is that by shining a spotlight on independent and artisan perfumery’s most outstanding creators, we-  in turn – will help generate support for independent perfumery, as a whole.

Submissions to the awards are open to the public, and are judged blindly by an international panel, in two phases. The preliminary judges decide the shortlisted perfumes in the artisan and independent category, and the finalist judges decide the winners. A separate panel of curators and artists decide both the shortlisted projects and the winners in the Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent. Learn about our judges here.

Submissions for the 2018 Art and Olfaction Awards will open in October, 2017.

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THE AWARDS

AOA_PearsThe award ceremony takes place in May every year, and celebrates the work of the finalists and winners. We announce the finalists earlier in the year in March, at Esxence in Milan.

 

2017: THE FOURTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS
Attended by 200 people from around the world, 2017’s award ceremony took place at the historic and beautiful Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin on May 6, 2017.
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2016: THE THIRD ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS
The third annual Art and Olfaction Awards were held on May 7, 2016 at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and attended by 200 people from around the world.
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2015: THE SECOND ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS
The second annual Art and Olfaction Awards were held on April 17th, 2015 at The Goethe Institut in Los Angeles, and were attended by approximately 100 people from Los Angeles and abroad.
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2014: THE FIRST ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS
The first annual Art and Olfaction Awards were held on April 25, 2014 at The Goethe Institut in Los Angeles, attended by approximately 100 people from Los Angeles and abroad.
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ANCILLARY PROGRAMMING

Summit2Every year we program arts-based events around the awards, in partnership with external institutions or curators. Here’s a brief rundown on past events!

2017: EXPERIMENTAL SCENT SUMMIT
On May 5, we teamed up with scent artist Klara Ravat to produce the first Experimental Scent Summit at Silent Green Kulturquartier, in Berlin. An ancillary program to the awards, this event is limited to 40 active practitioners with scent, and will feature a day of talks and round table discussions in an open environment. The day was book-ended by two live scent experiences.
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2016: A.I.X. SCENT FAIR
A.I.X. Scent Fair was the first international Artisan, Independent, Experimental scent fair to be presented by a contemporary art museum. In addition to a selection of international, cutting-edge fragrance makers exhibiting and selling their work, the free fair will include hands-on workshops, a keynote and panel, and the Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards. AIX Scent Fair aims to introduce new audiences to the world of highly conceptual scents.The fair took place on May 6–8, 2016 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and was free and open to the public. Co-organizers included The Hammer Museum, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent/Scent Bar.
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LeoCrabtree_WinnerPast Winners of the Art and Olfaction Award, Independent Category

2014 – Ashoka, by Neela Vermeire Creations with Bertrand Duchaufour (France)
2014 – König, by YOSH with Olivia Jan (USA)
2015 – Black Pepper & Sandalwood, by Acca Kappa with Luca Maffei (Italy)
2015 – Skive, by Canoe with Jessica Hannah (USA)
2016 Bat, by Zoologist Perfumes with Ellen Covey (Canada/USA)
2016 Néa, by Jul et Mad Paris with Luca Maffei (France/Italy)
2017 – Altruist, by J.F. Schwarzlose Berlin with Véronique Nyberg (Germany)
2017 – Fathom V, by BeauFort London with Julie Marlowe (UK)

 

 

 

 

SarahAmber2014Past Winners of the Art and Olfaction Award, Artisan Category

2014 – Calling All Angels, by April Aromatics / Tanja Bochnig (Germany)
2014 – John Frum, by Aether Arts Perfumes / Amber Jobin (USA)
2015 – Eau de Céleri, by Monsillage / Isabelle Michaud (Canada)
2015 – Woodcut, by Olympic Orchids / Ellen Covey (USA)
2016 – Incendo, by La Curie / Lesli Wood Peterson (USA)
2016 – Miyako, by Auphorie / Eugene and Emrys Au (Malaysia)
2017 – Mélodie de l’Amour, by Parfums Dusita /Pissara Umavijani (France)
2017Bruise Violet, by Sixteen92 / Claire Baxter (USA)

 

 

 

 

 

WolfgangPast Winners of the  Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent

2015 -Famous Deaths, by Marcel van Brakel, Frederik Duerinck, Mark Meeuwenoord, Marcel Boonman, Daan Rijnkels, Caro Verbeek, Jorg Hempenius, Peter de Cupere, Wander Eikelboom, Thijs Eerens, Simon Kentgens, Martijn de Ruiter (The Netherlands)
2016Century’s Breath, by Cat Jones (Australia)
2017 – Osmodrama / Smeller 2.0, by Wolfgang Georgsdorf, with perfumer Geza Schön (Germany)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ChristopheL2Past Winners of the Contribution to Scent Culture Award

Awarded for significant contributions to public awareness of artisan, independent and experimental practices with scent, on an international scale.

2017Christophe Laudamiel

 

 

 

 

 

 


MORE INFORMATION

PearAwarded to just five projects and one person a year, The Art and Olfaction Awards present a highly competitive and highly selective award that is designed to raise interest and awareness for active independent and artisan perfumers from all countries. Our hope is that by shining a spotlight on independent and artisan perfumery’s most outstanding creators and experimental practitioners with scent, we-  in turn – will help generate support for independent perfumery, as a whole.

The Art and Olfaction Awards were started to fill a perceived gap in the industry, allowing access to a well-produced and fair competition specifically designed to celebrate the work done by artisan perfumers, independent perfume houses, and experimental practitioners with scent.

We started the awards by implementing and improving upon some existing awards structures, including:

– Blind, multiple-phase judging
– A clear set of judging parameters
– Affordable submission fees
– Public announcement of finalists, as well as the winners
– An international panel of judges, reflecting a diversity of fields and interests

 

 


 

 

HISTORY

awards_250xOur first awards ceremony took place in April, 2014 at Goethe Institut Los Angeles, with the support of Luckyscent / Scent Bar.

In 2015, we expanded on our two award categories by adding The Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent, created to highlight scent-related work being done in the context of other creative practices. This experimental award joined our artisan and independent awards to create a broad snapshot of the diversity, excellence and potential in the field. 2015 also marked the beginning of our partnership with Esxence Milan. As part of our collaboration with Esxence, we announce the finalists in a special yearly event at the conference.

We held the third annual Art and Olfaction Awards at Hammer Museum as part of their public programming in May 2016. The expanded event was hosted by Zackary Drucker, and was free, open to the public, and packed with over 200 attendees. The event was also supported by a three day scent fair, produced by Hammer Museum, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent / Scent Bar.

In 2017, we hosted the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards in Europe – announcing the finalists at Esxence in Milan (March 2017), and holding the award ceremony itself at Silent Green kulturquartier in Berlin, Germany on May 6, 2017.

 



For more information about the Art and Olfaction Awards, please visit our website and social media pages:

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