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The fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards will launch submissions in October, 2016.

> We will accept submissions that first hit the public market between January 1 and December 31, 2016

In our submission form, we will ask about the date and the manner in which the perfume went to market in 2016: Please have documentation of the launch date, event or activity.  Note that we do not accept reformulations of existing perfumes relaunched in the same form (e.g. liquid) under the same name. Even if the formula or dilution percentage has changed, as long as it has the same name and is being released by the same company or perfumer, we will not consider this a new 2016 launch.


> We will accept submissions in three categories

INDEPENDENT AWARD: Intended to celebrate excellence and vision in independent perfumery, 2016’s Art and Olfaction Independent Award will be presented to two outstanding independent perfumes out of ten finalists. For the sake of the competition, we define an independent perfume as a scent created by a privately-owned company with no more than three separate perfume companies in its holdings, formulated by a perfumer who does not have a direct hand in every aspect of the production of the perfume. Any use of fragrance houses puts a perfume in the independent category, no matter how small the run.

ARTISAN AWARD: Intended to celebrate excellence and vision in artisanal perfumery,  2016’s Art and Olfaction Artisan Award will be presented to two outstanding artisanal perfumes out of ten finalists. For the sake of the competition, we define an artisan perfume as a scent created by a perfumer who has direct ownership in the company, and blends every formulation in-house without the use of a fragrance house at any stage of the process.

SADAKICHI AWARD FOR EXPERIMENTAL SCENT: This award honors the work of people who engage with scent outside of the realm of commercial perfumery. 2016’s Experimental Award will be presented to one outstanding experimental scent project out of five finalists. For the sake of the competition, we define an experimental scent project as a project in any arts practice that incorporates the use of scent in a significant manner.


> Please email us if you would like to request a reminder.

We will send an email to you reminding you of the submission dates in late September, 2016. Email us at and we’ll put you on the list!


A fresh challenge, some decisions

Dear friends,

It’s no big mystery that running the Art and Olfaction Awards is not an easy task. We’re a very small non-profit, with an unpaid ‘staff’ of one person (me!) supported by a tiny but powerful board of directors, as well as our team of judges, our friends-slash-volunteers, our past participants, and our partners. 

The awards themselves were only founded a few short years ago in 2014. As far as these things go, we’re still a tiny baby. And, like tiny babies you have known and loved, we’re learning as we go along.

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Announcing the finalists

Today at 1pm, Central European time, members of the Art and Olfaction Awards judging panel joined founder Saskia Wilson-Brown to announce the finalists of the third annual awards.

judgedLuca Turin gave a small talk about the meaning of awards, in general
Mark Behnke introduced the judging methods, and the judges
Antonio Gardoni introduced the artisan finalists
Sherri Sebastian introduced the independent finalists
Ashraf Osman introduced the experimental finalists
Saskia Wilson-Brown thanked the partners of the Art and Olfaction Awards, and the members of the judging panel that were on hand.

Click here to read about the 2016 Art and Olfaction Award finalists.

Esxence: Dates

Join us at Esxence from March 31 to April 3rd, where we will exhibit the finalists of the 2016 Art and Olfaction Awards. The announcement of the finalists will take place at Esxence on April 1st, 2016, in a special on-site event (Note that the winners will be announced at the Art and Olfaction Awards in LA, on May 7.)

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Applications for AIX Scent Fair Due Tonight

AIX Scent Fair is the first international Artisan, Independent, Experimental scent fair to be presented by a contemporary art museum. Taking place May 6–8, 2016 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, AIX Scent Fair will be free and open to the public.

Today is the last day to apply for a table at the fair!

Click here to apply

Application is free.

Co-organizers of the AIX Scent Fair include The Hammer Museum, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent/Scent Bar.


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