The Board has in Almeria the I Awards Craft in Andalusia to promote the sector

Delegate L2S with representatives of the awards given.

Delegate L2S with representatives of the awards given.

The territorial delegate of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, Miguel Angel Lopez Tortosa, today reported on the first call of the new Craft Awards in Andalusia, which aim prestigiar the Andalusian artisanal sector, recognize the merits of those companies that stand out for their adaptation to the market and innovation and disseminate the work of artisans and craftsmen community. Also, He has delivered resolutions 44.000 euros in aid to eight craftsmen and artisan association of the province in its last call.

The creation of these awards is part of the II Integral Plan for the Promotion of Crafts in Andalusia and is "a step in the clear commitment of the regional government to promote and give visibility to a sector that has great importance for our society and our economy, which it is a source of employment, guarantee the preservation of our heritage and social cohesion through, and also it has the ability to boost other sectors such as tourism, culture and rural areas ", Miguel Angel prominent Tortosa.

In this sense, the territorial delegate has shelled the current situation of this activity in the province, which consist 70 craftsmen and women enrolled in the Official Register of the Board, eight of which boast the recognition of teachers, for their outstanding achievements. There are also eight points of Craft Interest, dedicated to pottery and ceramics, recording and printing techniques and tissue under heald; Artisanal Zone Interest Macael-Valle del Almanzora (recognized in November 2013, which includes 15 workshops and is in the process of getting the Protected Geographical Indication for marble Blanco Macael) and two artisans with the distinctive 'Andalusia, craftsmanship ', that guarantees the origin and quality of Andalusian crafts, plus giving them a differentiation to boost marketing at European level. Also, The delegate reported that they are in the process of recognition Craftsmaster another and another point in the province Craft Interest.

These recognitions of the Andalusian give greater visibility and outreach to those who receive, and increase their marketability and competitiveness, by including them in publications and official guides handicrafts and tourism of the Andalusian government-both on paper and on the Internet- and participate in fairs and meetings organized by the Ministry of Employment, Business and Trade.

four modes

Craft Awards for Andalusia, whose first edition may submit nominations to 8 February inclusive (, They have four modes: the first, the Andalusian Craft Award distinguishes a career and body of work consolidated, which have resulted in significant contributions to culture and survival of the trade.

For his part, the Andalusian Award recognizes outstanding work the best piece of craftsmanship, either utilitarian nature, decorative artistic. The work must have been done, maximum, in the three years preceding the date of publication of the notice of award.

In third place, the Andalusian Award for Innovation and Research in Craft is intended to reward the work and work on craft topics, studies on designs applied thereto, Innovation in technological processes or sustainability in the use of materials, management of waste and the techniques applied. These works have been performed, maximum, in the two years preceding the date of the call.

Last, the Andalusian Award for Quality Promotion and Marketing of Handicrafts recognizes programs, campaigns or initiatives to promote Andalusian crafts, Completed, at least, in the previous publication of convening year and have contributed to the prestige and visibility of crafts in society.

Craft Awards of Andalusia will be convened annually and will be awarded by a jury composed of members from the Ministry of Employment, Business and Commerce and business representatives, unions and consumer associations, and the craft sector. For more information you can consult the BOJA number 5 of 8 January 2018 (


Resolutions delivery of aid to artisans

The territorial delegate also delivered today to beneficiaries resolutions aid worth 44.042 almeriense euros to support the handicraft sector, "Ensuring the modernization, growth and industry consolidation, increasing the marketing of craft products, modernizing the workshops and companies, promoting employment and encouraging associationism ".

Resolutions have received the Association of Professional Craftsmen Almería, the company Lorente y Carmona S. The. and self-employed artisans Emilio A. Pérez Rodríguez, José Miguel García Muñoz, Carmen Gómez Villegas, Antonio J. Flores Martinez, Baldomero García Solis, Laura Gutiérrez Quintana, Enrico Neubauer and Alejandro Alvarez Martínez. They made a total investment of 65.826 euros in performances such as procurement of raw materials for the performance of the activity, machinery, tools and tooling; rental of premises; Workshop remodeling; design and editing catalogs or magazines; and participation in trade fairs and events.