Nine excellent projects that, with creativity and courage, have looked beyond the crisis: this is the most important result achieved by the 'Premio Maestro di Mestiere', now in its second edition. Promoted by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella in collaboration with the Associazione Fatti ad Arte and with the support of Gal Montagne Biellesi, the Award was created with the intention of supporting the territory's master craftspeople at a time of deep crisis. This edition has been expanded in terms of content and , demonstrating the value of the Award as an important tool for the promotion of artistic craftsmanship in the territory and, at the same time, a contribution to support and sustain the activities of the many workshops in the Biellese area , represented by Biella UNESCO Creative City precisely for crafts and folk art. The Award was inspired by the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda, especially those related to sustainability.
The Commission, composed of important experts in the world of Italian artistic craftsmanship, including Fondazione Cologni, expressed its opinion as follows: winner of the Prize of € 4,000 in the Senior Craftsmen category: Davide Furno, wax maker, with the project "A new Italian Pomona"; winner for the New Openings category with a prize of € 2,500, the young luthier Carolina Venturin, former Fondazione Cologni apprentice, with the project "Modern craftsmanship between tradition and innovation"; special mention for the Network of Craftsmen: Nicola Artiglia, goldsmith and jeweller, with the project "Courses and Paths".
The award-winners will participate in the annual exhibition 'Fatti ad Arte', which will take place in Biella, curated by Patrizia Maggia, from 7 to 9 October 2022.