'In our winner, we’re looking for something that inspires the community within our buildings as well as people on the streets of London,’ says Williams. ‘We want visitors to be enticed by the works and enjoy them on a surface level, but we also want them to be able to peel back the layers to get something as conceptual and as deep as they want to go.’
Brookfield Properties, one of the world's largest real estate managers, has a long-term mission to support makers and culture more broadly, seeing it as a vital way to enrich people’s everyday lives in cities across the world. For its buildings in London, for example, it acquires and commissions work by a broad range of creatives, including textile artist Margo Selby and mixed media artist Agostino Lacurci. It has also invested in music, theatre and dance.
‘Arts and culture are embedded in Brookfield Properties,’ said Warfield. ‘We want to celebrate contemporary makers in the UK and boost the country’s national crafts heritage.’
The Brookfield Properties Craft Award began in 2020. Its inaugural winner was mixed media artist Matt Smith, and in 2021, the top prize went to textile artist Anna Ray. Both makers had a selection of work go on show at Brookfield Properties’ sites, and their works were acquired for the Crafts Council, to become part of the national collection.
Since this story was published, Christian Ovonlen was named as the winner of the Brookfield Properties Craft Award