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.
Awarded to just five projects 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.
MAY 6: THE FOURTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS
After announcing the shortlisted perfumes for the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards in a special presentation at Esxence in Milan, we will now announce the winners at our annual award ceremony. Attended by 200 people from around the world, 2017’s award ceremony will take place at the historic and beautiful Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin on May 6, 2017.
EXPERIMENTAL SCENT SUMMIT
On May 5, we team up with scent artist Klara Ravat to produce the first Experimental Scent Summit. 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 will be book-ended by two scent experiences.
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 will host 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.
Submissions for the 2018 Art and Olfaction Awards will open in October, 2017.
2014 – Ashoka, by Neela Vermeire Creations (France)
2014 – König, by YOSH (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)
Winners of the Art and Olfaction Award,
2014 – Calling All Angels, by April Aromatics (Germany)
2014 – John Frum, by Aether Arts Perfumes (USA)
2015 – Eau de Céleri, by Monsillage (Canada)
2015 – Woodcut, by Olympic Orchids (USA)
2016 – Incendo, by La Curie (USA)
2016 – Miyako, by Auphorie (Malaysia)
Winners of the Art and Olfaction Award,
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)
2016 – Century’s Breath, by Cat Jones (Australia)
Awarded to just five projects 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.
The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed 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 and independent perfume houses. We will implement and improve 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
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