Prix François-Houdé 2021

Last updated November 26, 2021
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The Prix François-Houdé 2021 recognizes excellence in arts and crafts. Each year, the city awards this distinction jointly with the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (CMAQ).

The award, which includes a $5,000 grant, is intended for young creative artisans.

2021 winner

Pauline Guidera

Portrait de Pauline Guidera. Crédit photo : Florence Poirier

The works of this ceramic artist bear images inspired by Greek mythology or memories of childhood tales.

Photo credit: Florence Poirier

The finalists

The jury, made up of professionals in the field of arts and crafts, has selected:

Brigitte Dahan

Brigitte Dahan
Through her series of sculptures titled “The embrace,” this artist evokes the need for closeness after the social distancing linked to the pandemic.

Charlie Larouche-Potvin

Charlie Larouche-Potvin
This glassmaker’s work is inspired by the Venetian goblets made for centuries on the island of Murano, Italy.

Chris Fusaro

Portrait de Chris Fusaro. Crédit : Samuel Pasquier

Through furniture, the artist’s practice explores industrial production by incorporating techniques and materials that stand out.

Photo credit: Samuel Pasquier

Corinne Bourget and Niki Jessup

Corinne Bourget et Niki Jessup. Crédit : Micheal Beaulieu

These two artists work with leather to create shoes using traditional techniques in a modern aesthetic.

Photo credit: Micheal Beaulieu

Cybèle Beaudoin Pilon

Cybèle Beaudoin Pilon. Crédit : Les Marois

This ceramic artist uses the motif as a form of visual communication.

Photo credit: Les Marois

David Frigon-Lavoie

David Frigon. Crédit : Thomas Creuzot

In his series “Canal Lachine,” this glassmaker uses the “incalmo” technique, which consists of fusing two different colored parts of an object.

Photo credit: Thomas Creuzot

Delphine Platten

Delphine Platten
This artist develops collaborative and experimental practices including the use of paper, instead of traditional leather, to make bindings.

Lucie Leroux

Lucie Leroux. Crédit : Gaby Dalia

This artist explores, prints, pleats and coats textiles to push the limits of the material.

Photo credit: Gaby Dalia

Exhibition of works

The winner and finalists’ work will be will be exhibited at La Guilde gallery, from November 25, 2021 to February 20, 2022, along with the work of the weaver Julie Bénédicte Lambert, winner of the 2020 edition.

The Prix Francois-Houdé recognizes new creative excellence in the Montréal arts and crafts community and showcases the works of young artisans. 

The award honours the outstanding workmanship of designers who transform wood, leather, textiles, metals, glass, ceramics, paper, or any other material. The city purchases some of the finalists’ creations for its collection.