Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant: Launch of the call for applications to young design professionals - Deadline: April 14, 2009

    MONTREAL, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay,
is pleased to announce the call for applications for the annual Phyllis
Lambert Design Montréal Grant. Destined for young design professionals, this
grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montréal
designers and foster their professional recognition. The winner will receive a
$10,000 award to fund a professional development project in one of the cities
of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member. A
promotional campaign will also be organized to raise awareness of the winner
among his or her industry peers as well as the general public.
    "I am proud to support and promote the growth of our young designers. We
hope that by its support of a professional development initiative, this grant
will provide a major boost in advancing a design career for the winner, and
will promote integration of the next generation of creators into the
industry," the Mayor said. "Indeed, UNESCO has acknowledged the immense
creative potential of our designers, through its designation of Montréal as a
UNESCO City of Design, based on the fact that talent is so strongly
concentrated here. In encouraging exchanges between designers from here and
abroad, along with the development of international networks and markets, the
City of Montréal is not only lending its support to emerging designers, but
also helping to energize and strengthen the Creative Cities Network, making it
more vital and tangible."
    The Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant rewards the talent of a young
Montréal designer with fewer than 10 years' professional practice, and having
demonstrated exceptional quality in studies and work as well as marked
interest in the city. The grant must be used to fund a professional
development project - for example, a study trip, a work internship,
participation in a design competition, workshop, or symposium or any other
activity relevant to the advancement of a nascent design career. The first
grant was awarded last year to Philippe Lamarre, graphic designer, publisher
and co-founder of both the Toxa design studio and Urbania magazine, for his
project to create a collaborative website documenting the visual heritage of
three UNESCO Cities of Design: Berlin, Buenos Aires and Montréal.

    In honour of Phyllis Lambert

    Created by the City of Montréal in 2008, the grant is named in honour of
Phyllis Lambert, a great Montrealer and staunch defender of emerging
designers. It underscores her remarkable contribution to the international
reputation of Montréal and to the quality of life of its citizens, as well as
the decisive influence she has had on the quality of urban planning,
architecture, heritage and design in the city.

    Application procedure

    Interested candidates must submit their files no later than 4:30 p.m.,
April 14, 2009, to the following address:

           Bourse Phyllis-Lambert Design Montréal
           Ville de Montréal
           Bureau Design Montréal
           303, rue Notre-Dame Est, 6e étage
           Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y8

    The application form and eligibility criteria are available on the website. A jury made up of representatives recognized by
the design community will evaluate each eligible application on the basis of
its quality and the interest of the proposed project. The announcement of the
winner will be made in June.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Montréal, (514)
872-5388; Source: Renée Sauriol, Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif, (514)

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