François-Houdé Award

In honour of

An innovative glass sculptor whose work garnered international recognition, François Houdé (1950-1993) was ahead of his time in using new techniques for incorporating glass into art. In co-founding Espace VERRE (formerly Centre des métiers du verre du Québec), which has trained many up-and-coming artisans, he made a significant contribution to the development of arts and crafts in the city.

Nature of the award

Ville de Montréal created the Prix François-Houdé in 1996, in conjunction with the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, to promote creative excellence within Montréal’s arts and crafts community and to showcase the works of young creative artisans.

This award is intended for young professional artisans. It honours the exceptional workmanship of their creations and original contribution to the practice of crafting wood, leather, textiles, metals, glass, ceramic, paper or any other material. The award also recognizes proficiency in exploratory techniques specific to their discipline.

This award includes:

  • A $5,000 grant to the recipient
  • An exhibition of the winner and finalists’ work
  • Acquisition by the City of objects or works selected from among the finalists’ creations, for its collection of works of art

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, professional artisans must:

  • Have no more than 10 years professional experience
  • Live in or work out of a studio located within the city limits

Application file

Each application must include:

  • The duly completed application form
  • The artisan’s resumé
  • A maximum of 20 digital images of the artist’s recent work (digital images must be accompanied by a list describing the work: title, year of production, materials and dimensions)

The application must be sent by email or mail to: Prix François-Houdé - Conseil des métiers d’arts du Québec. See Contact section below.

Call for applications

The deadline to submit an application is June 16, 2017

Document in French only.

Date of presentation of the award

November, 2017, at the Canadian Guilt of crafts

Artistic field


Prize type

City awards


Ana-Maria Abran
Directrice, bureau du registraire
Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec
514 861-2787 #307
Service de la culture
514 872-1157
390 Saint-Paul Street East, Suite 400
Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2