PHYLLIS LAMBERT DESIGN MONTRÉAL GRANT: 2011 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

12 August 2011
Montréal (Canada) – The Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant will be awarded for a fourth consecutive year. Created for young design professionals, this grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montréal designers and foster their professional recognition. The winner receives a $10,000 award to fund a project in one of the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Montréal (Canada) – Helen Fotopulos, Ville de Montréal Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design and the Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant will be awarded for a fourth consecutive year. Created for young design professionals, this grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montréal designers and foster their professional recognition. The winner will receive a $10,000 award to fund a professional development project in one of the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member. A promotional campaign will also be organized to raise awareness of the winner among his or her industry peers as well as the general public.

"We all know there’s no shortage of talent in Montréal," stated Ms. Fotopulos. "With this grant, the City is offering young local designers the opportunity and means to complete a personal project in a special context, taking advantage of the best available resources in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The successful careers of grant recipients from previous years attests to their excellence and also to the role of the municipal administration as a strategic catalyst."

The Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant rewards the talent of a young Montréal designer with fewer than 10 years’ professional practice, and having demonstrated exceptional quality in studies and work as well as marked interest in the city. The grant must be used to fund a professional development project – for example, a study trip, a work internship, participation in a design competition, workshop, or symposium or any other activity relevant to the advancement of a nascent design career.

The past recipients of the grant are:
  • Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat (2010), two designers active in interactive design and narrative environments, for their project to create a series of object prototypes as part of the Open Design City Lab in Berlin;
  • Ying Gao (2009), university professor and fashion designer, for her project to design "modulatable" garments whose construction is directly inspired by transformations in the urban environments of Berlin and Nagoya;
  • Philippe Lamarre (2008), graphic designer, publisher and co-founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Toxa, for his project to create a collaborative website on vernacular graphic design in the cities of Buenos Aires, Berlin and Montréal.
The 2011 jury will consist of:
  • Fabrizio Gallanti, Associate Director, Programs, Canadian Centre for Architecture;
  • Frédéric Gauthier, founder, La Pastèque publishing house;
  • Manuela Goya, Secretary-General, Montréal, Cultural Metropolis
  • Louis-Charles Lasnier, graphic designer and founder, Atelier Louis-Charles Lasnier;
  • Jean-Pierre LeTourneux, architect and partner, MENKÈS SHOONER DAGENAIS LETOURNEUX Architectes.
The jury members will evaluate eligible applications based on their quality and the interest of the proposed project.

The winning recipient will be announced at the Prix de Montréal pour les arts et la culture awards ceremony in the Bourgie Concert Hall of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts on 1 November 2011. This is a joint initiative of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Ville de Montréal.

In honour of Phyllis Lambert

Created by the City of Montréal in 2008, the grant is named in honour of Phyllis Lambert, a Great Montrealer and staunch defender of emerging designers. It underscores her remarkable contribution to the international reputation of Montréal and to the quality of life of its citizens, as well as the decisive influence she has had on the quality of urban planning, architecture, heritage and design in the city.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are invited to complete the registration form available on the website www.mtlunescodesign.com, and submit their application packages no later than 16:30, 26 September 2011, to:

Bourse Phyllis-Lambert Design Montréal
Ville de Montréal
Bureau du design
303, rue Notre-Dame Est, 6e étage
Montréal, Québec
H2Y 3Y8 Canada



For additional information, please contact:

Martine Painchaud
Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
+1 514 872 9998

Françoise Lapointe
+1 514 270 5800
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