honouring Montreal’s finest in emerging craft
Montreal, December 3, 2019 – The City of Montreal, in collaboration with the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, has bestowed the 2019 François-Houdé Award to artist Montserrat Duran Muntadas for her sculptures combining textile and blown glass. The jury’s selection was based on her exceptional artistic process, as well as her ability to transform very personal realities into spectacular installations.
A native of Catalonia, Montserrat Duran Muntadas lives and works in Montreal, Canada. The themes of fragility and fertility permeate her sculptural works and installations. She has received many distinctions, notably the ForCGal Bursery in 2015 and the 2017 Award for Glass given by the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Her works are part of many collections such as that of the City of Montreal, the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, and North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland.
Montserrat Duran Muntadas’ sculptures and the works of the nine finalists of the 2019 François-Houdé Award are presented at La Guilde from November 29, 2019, through February 23, 2020. La Guilde is located at 1356 Sherbrooke West in Montreal.
From April 9 through May 22, 2020, the Espace VERRE Gallery will present Mes beaux enfants et autres anomalies, a solo exhibition of Montserrat Duran Muntadas’ recent work. Espace VERRE is located at 1200 Mill Street in Montreal.
About the François-Houdé Award
Including a $5000 purse, the François-Houdé Award honours remarkable emerging craftspeople and their innovative contribution to their specific fine craft fields such as wood, leather, textile, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, and any other materials. It also recognizes the laureate’s masterful technical skills in connection to their chosen discipline.
Presented on an annual basis, the award promotes and encourages the creative excellence of Montreal’s emerging fine crafts creators. Every year, the City of Montreal acquires one or more works chosen among the finalists’ pieces. Furthermore, the award was named in memory of François Houdé, the internationally-recognized glass artist who cofounded Espace VERRE.
|Photo: René Rioux
For a selection of works by Montserrat Duran Muntadas: www.montserratduranmuntadas.com
Valérie Paquin, Communications Manager