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2006 PRINCE CLAUS AWARDS (article first published : 2006-12-2)

The year 2006 is the 10th anniversary of the Prince Claus Fund. Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards have been presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the years, to shape its research on culture and development, the Fund has chosen themes such as Humour and Satire (2005), Urban Heroes (2000) and Creating Spaces of Freedom (1999). In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Prince Claus Awards, the work and principal ethos of the Fund is this year’s central focus.

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Prince Claus Awards, the work and principal ethos of the Fund is this year’s central focus, including all the previous themes of 1996-2005 and highlighting intercultural exchanges and the interrelationship of culture and development.

This year’s Principal Prince Claus Award will be presented to Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini who emphasises the relationship between visual tradition and modern form, encourages research in the long and rich history of Persian art and calligraphy, and nurtures talent in the younger generations. Reza Abedini is granted the Principal Prince Claus Award in recognition of his personal creativity in producing superb graphic design and his individual skill in adapting the knowledge and achievements of Iran’s artistic heritage, making it new and compelling today. The award values and draws attention to the diversity of Iranian culture – both historic and contemporary. It recognises the impact of graphic design as a powerful global medium of communication, and highlights the tradition and role of graphic design both in the laureate’s own country and across the world.

Detailed information about the 2006 Prince Claus laureates and a summary of the laureates since 1997 is available at www.princeclausfund.org




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