Prix François-Houdé

Last updated November 20, 2023

The Prix François-Houdé is geared to early-career craft artists. It recognizes their know-how, creative talent, and technical mastery of wood, textile, ceramic, or any other material.


Internationally renowned glass sculptor François-Houdé (1950-1993) pioneered the use of new glass integration techniques. As co-founder of the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec (now Espace VERRE), an incubator for up-and-coming glass artists, he played a vital role in the growth of his artistic community, 

This award is intended for early-career craft artists. It highlights the remarkable quality of their creations and their original contribution to the practice of a craft involving the transformation of wood, leather, textile, metal, glass, ceramic, paper or any other material, while recognizing their mastery of exploratory techniques specific to their discipline.

About the award

The award includes:

  • A cash prize of $5,000 to the winner.
  • The acquisition, by the city, of works or objects selected from among the creations by the finalists.
  • An exhibition held in collaboration with La Guilde, lasting more than two months and showcasing works by the finalists.
  • A solo exhibition of works by the winner presented at La Guilde in 2023-2024.


To be eligible, professional artisans must:

  • Have no more than 10 years of professional experience.
  • Live in Montréal or use a production workshop located within Montréal city limits.
  • Submit works that are not part of graduation projects.


Submission files

All submissions must include:

  • The completed submission form (in French).
  • The craft artist’s curriculum vitae.
  • Up to 20 digital images of recent works by the craft artist. Ideally, the images should be high-resolution and feature photographic credits, and they must be accompanied by a list of works, including the titles, year of production, materials used, and dimensions. Concerning the transmission of the images, the artist shall consent to having the images used for promotional purposes by the city and the Conseil des métiers d’art.

Submission date

Submissions must be sent by e-mail, using WeTransfer or Dropbox, to [email protected] by no later than September 4, 2023.

Presentation of the award

Fall 2023

2023 edition

Learn more about the last edition.

Previous winners

  • Sophie Gailliot et Richard Pontais (Atelier C.U.B.)
  • David Frigon-Lavoie
  • Paul Guidera
  • Julie-Bénédicte Lambert
  • Montserra Duran Muntadas
  • Aurélie Guillaume
  • Magali Thibault Gobeil
  • AJ Métissage
  • A+J
  • Anastasia Radevich
  • Gabrielle Ouellette
  • Amélie Girard
  • Émilie Trudel
  • Jessica Beauchemin
  • Karina Guévin
  • Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre

In partnership

  • Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec

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